Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program

Effective July 1, 2006, administration of the Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program transitioned to the Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF), a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, which receives administrative support from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Since 1990, HPEF has administered statewide scholarship and loan repayment programs for a wide range of health-professions students and recent graduates and is funded through grants and contributions from public and private agencies, hospitals, health plans, foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as through a surcharge on the renewal fees of various health professionals. While the Medical Board regrets that it had to relinquish administration of the program, the experience of HPEF staff in raising funds and administering similar programs will best allow the Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program to flourish.

All questions about the Loan Repayment Program should be directed to the Program Administrator at HPEF.


The California Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program was created in Assembly Bill 982, which was sponsored by the Medical Board of California. This program encourages recently licensed physicians to practice in underserved locations in California by authorizing a plan for repayment of their educational loans, up to $105,000, in exchange for their service in a designated underserved area for a minimum of three years.


For historical purposes, we have kept the following two legislative reports online. For all other information about the program, please contact HPEF.