HPSP Scholarship Army Reimbursement: How to Save Thousands in Medical School
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Thinking about Army HPSP as a way to pay for Medical School? Maybe you have already been accepted in the program but aren’t sure which items you can be reimbursed for. The Army will reimburse for several big-ticket items that you will need for Medical School. This is a great way to save thousands on costs related to med school and make the most of your scholarship.
The following post contains reimbursable items and the associated maximum reimbursement amount for each item.
Diagnostic Set: $575.00 Savings
Diagnostic sets are among the most critical tool sets in a clinician's repertoire to perform a comprehensive physical exam. Diagnostic sets help physicians perform fast exams and accurately. These sets include an otoscope and an ophthalmoscope. An Otoscope is used for examining the ear canal and tympanic membrane while the Ophthalmoscope is for performing eye and funduscopic exams.
Laptop Rental Reimbursement: $500.00 - $2000.00 Savings
The Army will reimburse up to $500.00/year for a computer/tablet lease, allowing you to get a brand-new computer for school at no charge. The key is that it must be a rent-to-return lease to qualify for reimbursment.
Many students prefer to use a laptop for note-taking and reading for class. Some classes may also require you to take certain exams on your computer. We recommend reviewing different brands of laptops to determine which specs and features are important to you. You’re going to be using it a lot during the next four years, so you want something that will last. An iPad or tablet may also be an option if you prefer something smaller.
At Military PC Rentals, we specialize in providing laptop and tablet leases that meet HPSP requirements. Check out our selection here. If you don’t see something you like, or have a specific device you want but it is not offered, message us here. We can definitely work something out.
Osteopathic Treatment Table: $400.00 Savings
An Osteopathic Treatment Table is for patients to lie on during osteopathic manipulations. Students can often get away without using one, but since the Army reimburses you may want to consider getting your own to use.
Sphygmomanometer: $150.00 Savings
A Sphygmomanometer is the standard instrument for reading a patient’s blood pressure. Seeing one of these may be one of your earlies memories from the doctor’s office. Every medical student will need one.
Stethoscope: $140.00 Savings
Most of the equipment you need during med school is provided at the hospitals where you complete your clinical rotations. Although disposal stethoscopes are also stocked, they don’t provide the same acoustics as a quality stethoscope. During school, you need to auscultate lungs, heart, and bowel sounds. A good quality stethoscope will help you identify the subtle differences.
- Black Doctor Bag: $70.00 Savings
- Dissection Kit: $20.00 Savings
- Tuning Fork: $18.00 Savings
- Neurological Hammer: $12.00 Savings
- Physician Measuring Tape: $12.00 Savings
- Reflex Hammer: $10.00 Savings
- Bandage $ Scissors: $10.00 Savings
- Scalpel Blades and Handle: $10.00 Savings
- Thermometer: $8.00 Savings
*Note: Reimbursement guidelines may change. It is always a good idea to check with a point of contact at your program to make sure that your equipment will still be reimbursed.