The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program provides a much-needed relief for the mountain of educational debt and allows physicians to focus on providing care, instead of worrying about how to pay their loans. To be considered for an award, you must: (1) Be an allopathic or osteopathic physician or surgeon; (2) Be free of any contractual service obligations (i.e the National Health Service Corps Federal Loan Repayment Program or other financial incentive programs); (3) Have outstanding educational debt from a government or commercial lending institution; (4) Have a valid, unrestricted MD or DO license to practice medicine in California; (5) Be currently employed or have accepted employment as a primary care doctor or as a specialist at a qualifying practice site in a Health Professional Shortage Area-Primary Care (HPSA-PC) or Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA) in California; (6) Be practicing outpatient care. At least 90% of direct patient care hours must be spent working in an outpatient setting, not a hospital. Exception: Emergency Room Physicians providing care to patients not admitted to the hospital; (7) Commit to providing full-time medical services in a HPSA-PC or PCSA for a minimum of three (3) years. Full-time is defined as a minimum of 40 hours worked per week with at least 32 of those hours spent providing direct patient care on an outpatient basis. Exception: For physicians engaged in the practice of obstetrics, full-time is defined as a minimum of 40 hours worked per week with at least 21 of those hours spent providing direct patient care on an outpatient basis. The maximum award amount for the STLRP is $105,000. For more information, visit the program web page.