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Recipient Responsibilities: Service Commitment

Requirements of Health Professions Scholarship Graduates

Your IHS Scholarship Program Contract (IHS-818) [PDF - 43KB] is a commitment to serve within the Indian health system. The contract states that you agree to fulfill your service commitment as a full-time clinician in the health profession stated on your contract after graduation and/or completion of training. Your contract also states that you agree to provide one year of service for each year of scholarship support received (or the part-time equivalent), with a two-year minimum service period.

You must adhere to IHS Scholarship Program policies and engage in full-time clinical practice the health profession for which you were awarded a Health Professions scholarship, regardless of the policies of your service site. Full-time clinical practice is defined as working a minimum of 40 hours per week. The 40 hours cannot be worked in less than four days and no more than 12 hours of work can be performed in any 24-hour period. Time spent in on-call status will not count toward the 40 hours. Overtime cannot be applied to another workweek.

You must spend at least 32 hours per week providing direct inpatient or outpatient care. These services must be conducted during normally scheduled hospital or clinic hours. The remaining eight hours may be spent providing additional patient care and/or performing practice-related administrative activities, with administrative activities not to exceed 16 hours per two-week period.

No more than seven weeks (35 workdays) per service year can be spent away from the practice for vacation, holidays, continuing professional education, illness or any other reason. Absences greater than seven weeks in a service year or any absent without leave (AWOL) period will not count toward the service obligation.

You are required to notify the IHS Scholarship Program immediately if you accrue absences greater than the seven weeks allowed so that your service end-date may be recalculated. You are also required to provide an Annual Status Report [PDF - 53KB] within 30 days of the anniversary of your hire date and have it signed by your supervisor or HR specialist along with a copy of your Leave Report Summary, for each year that you fulfill your service obligation.

Download the IHS Scholarship Program Recipient Handbook [PDF - 3,724KB] for detailed information regarding IHS Scholarship Program service obligation requirements and policies.