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School of Community Medicine

Portfolio of Financial Incentives


The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine offers a portfolio of scholarships, loan payment and other incentives. Policy and operational oversight of these programs will be provided by a Financial Incentives Policy Committee comprised of faculty and staff of the School of Community Medicine. Printable Brochure


Direct inquires to:

Meredith Davison, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Services
School of Community Medicine, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
4502 East 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135



Medical students must complete the Tulsa Track Enrollment Form in order to be eligible for scholarships and programs listed here.



A limited number of merit based scholarships provided to attract and reward the most competitive students from Oklahoma and the nation. These merit scholarships will not have a service obligation attached.

 Eligible recipients are medical students enrolled in the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine Track.

All scholarships will pay full tuition and fees for all four years of medical school. 


The purpose of these opportunities is to provide Oklahoma City-based medical students an additional opportunity to be exposed to the Tulsa community prior to the MS3 year.

Eligible students will be those enrolled in the Tulsa Track. The intern opportunities will be in Tulsa between the student's MS1 and MS2 years. There will be a fixed number of opportunities and students will be selected from pool of applicants. Opportunities may include, but not be limited to, staffing the School of Community Medicine Summer Institute; research assistants for faculty and departments; work experiences in public health and service in community agencies. Each opportunity will be for the approximate six week period of mid-June through July. Students will be paid a competitive stipend.

Applications are distributed to the MS2 class each Spring. 



Medical students, PA students, residents, or College of Medicine faculty who wish to pursue this opportunity should complete the Public Health Scholarship Agreement.

Medical students must also complete the Tulsa Track Enrollment Form.

Residents and faculty need to secure a written endorsement from their Department Chairman.

Physician assistant students need a written endorsement from their program director.

All agreements should be forwarded to the Policy Committee.

These scholarships depend upon available funds. A generous amount of funds have been allocated. The priority for scholarships will be medical students, physician assistant students - then residents and faculty. If other benefits pay a portion of these expenses, they will be expected to be applied first. Public Health Scholarship Agreement


The purpose of this award is to broaden physician and physician assistant practice choices by providing a mechanism for repaying educational debt. The program will offer funds for educational loan repayment in return for service to underserved populations and/or areas in the Tulsa region.

Eligible recipients are current and future clinical providers, including medical and PA students, resident physicians, and junior faculty affiliated with the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. This program will provide educational loan payment contracts between the University and recipient. All agreements will require service in the underserved areas/populations in the greater Tulsa area as proscribed by the Policy Committee. The contracts will be tailored to the needs of individuals and the University and per the established guidelines of the Policy Committee.

Resident and faculty physician agreements will provide loan payment funds in exchange for service practice in a role and/or Greater Tulsa geographic area as approved by the Policy Board. The amount of funds and service payback length will be per the parameters established by the Policy Board.

Individuals who wish to apply for the Medical Service Financial Incentives should submit the following documents to the Financial Incentive Policy Committee:

A letter indicating the reasons you are interested in this program

An up-to-date curriculum vitae

A signed copy of the appropriate financial agreement:


Medical Student Incentives Application

Resident Incentives Application

Faculty Incentives Application

Physician Assistant Incentives Application


The Policy Committee will have the authority to consider and approve special cases on an individual basis. Students, residents and faculty may contact the Policy Board at any time to petition for special consideration.



We will maintain a running set of Frequently Asked Questions concerning the benefits and programs described here. Upon receipt of individual questions, we will respond to the individual - then place that response here.


Medical Students:


How do I apply for the award? 


·         Once the student has committed to the School Of Community Medicine Track they can apply for the Financial Incentive Award. 

·         The application process and forms are available at:  http//  The applicant needs to submit a signed agreement, CV and letter stating why they want to work in an underserved community in Oklahoma.


How long does the application process take?


·         Once the application is submitted to the Committee, the applicant will be on the next meeting agenda.  The Committee meets bi-monthly to consider applicants.


Is there a deadline for applying for the award?


·         Applications are accepted at any time. 


What are the options associated with service to underserved populations?


·         The applicant must provide medical care to a medically underserved population within the state of Oklahoma as determined by the School of Community Medicine of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.   The location and patient population receiving medical care must be approved in advance.


What is the length of service obligation?


·         Following completion of residency, the recipient agrees to provide medical care in their specialty on a full time basis to the designated population.

·         The length of service will be a month of service for each month of the financial award received.  No credit will be granted for anything less than twelve months.

·         The period will begin within thirty days following the completion of their graduate medical education.


What if I have other scholarship money? 


·         The Bursar’s office will determine the amount of the GKFF award that is applied to the student’s account depending on the stipulations of the other scholarship money.


If I have other scholarship money and GKFF is paying less of the tuition, does this reduce the number  of  years of service?


·         It will not reduce the number of years of service.  The number of years of service is not based on the amount of the award.

What are the criteria for keeping the award?


·         The recipient must be in good standing with the university and have no other service obligations.


What if I am not in academic good standing and lose my award, can I reapply?


·         If the recipient is no longer on academic probation, they may re-apply.


Will this limit the type of residency I can apply for?  Do you accept any specialty?


·         The award does not limit the type or residency an applicant can apply for.  The committee will accept any specialty, as long as all criteria specified in the agreement are met.


How will I know if I am working with the underserved?


·         The location and patient population receiving medical care must be approved, in advance, by the School of Community Medicine Financial Incentive Policy Committee.


Can I apply for the award any of my four years during medical school?


·         Yes, but the application must be received prior to the start of the fourth year of medical school.


What if I change my mind after I have accepted the award and no longer want to receive it?


·         If the recipient fails to complete the entire residency program, they shall repay the SOCM the entire amount of the loan, including the principal with interest thereon at the rate of prime plus one percent per annum from and after the date recipient receives the scholarship.

·         The School of Community Medicine shall also be entitled to recover damages in an amount equal to 100% of the principal.