The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program encourages recently licensed physicians and surgeons to practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas – Primary Care (HPSA-PC) and Primary Care Shortage Areas (PCSA) in California. The program repays up to $105,000 in educational loans in exchange for full-time service for a minimum of three (3) years. Applicants can be awarded up to two (2) times.
For more info about the STLRP, please go to https://oshpd.ca.gov/loans-scholarships-grants/loan-repayment/stlrp/.
Potential applicants can take the eligibility quiz at https://bit.ly/384LzCY to determine if they are a match for the program.
Applicants can apply online at https://eapp.oshpd.ca.gov/funding/.
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
For historical purposes, we have kept the following two legislative reports online.
For all other information about the program, please contact HPEF.