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National Health Services Corps

About NHSC

America's Health Care Hereos

Who We Are

America's Health Care Heroes live and work in communities around the country - in rural, frontier, and urban areas. They come to the rescue by delivering primary health care services in underserved communities. They bring health and hope to the millions of children and adults who live in places where health professionals are hard to find.

They are the men and women of the National Health Service Corps.

Right now, more than 4,000 NHSC clinicians serve nearly 4 million Americans. Together with caring community leaders, health administrators, educators, and local governments, they represent an extraordinary group of dedicated and highly skilled health professionals committed to bringing quality health care to the Nation's areas of greatest need.

The NHSC is supported and represented by a wide range of professionals and organizations, such as:

  • Primary Care Clinicians
  • Health Professions Students
  • Medical Residents
  • Community Health Administrators
  • Campus and Community-Based Ambassadors
  • Community and Migrant Health Centers
  • Health Care Clinics for the Homeless
  • Public and Private primary care delivery sites serving high-need populations
  • Educational institutions
  • State and local governments
  • Primary Care Associations and Organizations
  • Area Health Education Centers

Health Professions of the NHSC

We are currently recruiting the following health professionals:

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Dentists
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals
  • Physician Assistants
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Dental Hygienists

Primary Care Physicians
Primary care physicians apply their knowledge in the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences to their practices, which encompass all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity. Primary care physicians serve as advocates for patients and their families in health-related matters and arrange for specialist referrals, health consultants, and other community resources when necessary.

We are looking for physicians from the following disciplines:

Family medicine Obstetrics/gynecology
General internal medicine General psychiatry
General pediatrics  

Physician Assistants
Formally educated and nationally certified, physician assistants (PAs) provide a broad scope of medical, diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services while exercising a high level of autonomy. PAs are qualified to acquire a patient's medical history, execute comprehensive physical examinations and minor surgical procedures, order and complete routine diagnostic tests, develop diagnostic and management plans, treat patients with common illnesses, and counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention. They also facilitate referral to community health and social services agencies.

Nurse Practitioners
Trained to take principal responsibility for the diagnosis and management of uncomplicated illnesses, nurse practitioners (NPs) provide a full range of primary care services in the community setting and make decisions about their patients' nursing needs. They spend more time with patients, providing education and counseling on health promotion and disease prevention. NPs implement community programs dealing with nutrition, self-help or group therapy, parenting, and stress reduction. They collaborate with other health professionals regarding patient management decisions, other health needs, and referrals.

Certified Nurse-Midwives
CNMs are advanced practice nurses who have completed graduate studies in nursing, women's health care, and midwifery. In addition to delivering babies, CNMs provide family-centered care to women in the childbearing years and their infants. Highly skilled health professionals, CNMs independently manage the care of healthy women and newborns and act as affiliates with physicians for consultation and patient referrals.

In conjunction with other members of the primary health care team, dentists make oral health an integral part of total health care. In addition to prevention and early detection of gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer, dentists also diagnose oral conditions, develop treatment plans, administer anesthetics, treat diseased gums, and provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing and other preventive techniques.

Dental Hygienists
Dental hygienists work with dentists and other health professionals to provide clinical and therapeutic services to help prevent oral diseases. Their responsibilities include examining and cleaning teeth and oral structures, applying cavity-preventive agents, implementing community dental health programs, and instructing patients about proper care of the teeth and mouth.

Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals
Mental and behavioral health professionals, including health service psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatric nurse specialists, provide continuous, holistic services, promoting mental health among individuals and families. They are knowledgeable about the biological aspects of mental illness as well as accompanying emotional and behavioral responses. They are trained and certified to prevent, detect, and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders. Services they provide include crisis intervention, counseling, health promotion, and health maintenance activities.

Success Stories


NHSC Scholar Helps Patients Manage Diabetes

Dana Green, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar, arrived in the remote rural community of Van Buren, Maine, and launched a personal crusade to educate underserved populations and their caregivers about diabetes. Four years and many success stories later, Green is now recognized nationally and locally as a leading researcher on the standards of diabetes care.

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