The National Health Service Corps Student to Service Loan Repayment Program

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Priscille Schettini
Priscille Schettini

Priscille Schettini

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Student to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

I initially learned about the NHSC prior to coming to medical school, while I was serving as an AmeriCorps member. After graduating from college, I joined the Literacy AmeriCorps program and spent my gap year as a high school graduation coach for first-generation college students. I helped to empower at-risk youth through mentorship and resources to prepare them for college success. Though I did not receive the NHSC scholarship during my first year of medical school, I remained very interested in primary care and serving in underserved communities as a future family medicine physician. As a member of Duke’s Primary Care Leadership Track (PCLT), I spent much of my medical education in primary care and community health settings. The focus on community engagement and population health improvement throughout my time at Duke fueled my passion for working with medically underserved populations, which I knew would be a life-long commitment. In my final year of medical school, I decided to apply to the NHSC Student to Service Loan Repayment Program and am incredibly honored to have received the award. Following residency, I am looking forward to serving as and with family physicians committed to the NHSC’s mission of providing care to underserved communities and advancing our nation’s health care.

As a new member of the NHSC, I’m excited to join a network of primary care providers dedicated to building healthier communities in areas of the United States with limited access to care. I hope all students interested in primary care will look into the NHSC  as it is an incredible opportunity to work in underserved communities while reducing the burden of student loans!