MIL Becoming a doctor after the Army?

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  1. Casino

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    Does anyone here know anyone personally that became a doctor after getting out of the Army? I don't plan on making a career out of the Army so I'm starting to think what I want to do with my life and I've been very interested in become a specialized doctor in something. I plan on serving 4 years active duty as an Officer. The Army will pay for my schooling to become a doctor afterwards right? Also how much will being in the Army help me get an advantage in getting a job? I know my job in the Army probably won't be related to anything medical but maybe it will still make a significant difference?
     
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    by saying the army will pay for my schooling to become a doctor...do you mean the GI Bill? or do you mean the Army will pay becasue if the army will pay then they will require a service commitment.
     
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    I guess I'm talking about the GI Bill. My ROTC instructor did 4 years and went to law school immediately after and the Army paid for it without any additional service time.
     
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    Yes, I know a guy in his last year of med school who was in the Army for a few years. I'm fairly sure that the GI Bill will NOT cover med school tuition, which is the expensive part (easily $100-150,000). My friend used the GI Bill for his bachelor's degree though.

    I know a bunch of other guys who are currently in med school who are all commissioned officers. They all joined the HPSP (health professions scholarship program) in various branches - I know a few in the Navy, two in the Air Force, and a few in the Army. Their med school is all paid for, and they get $1500 a month for living expenses, but they'll all owe at least 4 years of service at the end of this. You would not be called into active duty while you were in school.


    As for getting a job afterwards, don't worry about it. There are almost no unemployed doctors. The military service wouldn't be relevant though.
     
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    Doing it now.

    The army doesn't cover 100% of it but there are options.

    Undergrad was completely covered by the GI bill and the Hazelwood act.

    Post grad education will be coming out of my pocket. Student loans are a bitch BUT, if you go back in after grad and become an army doc all loan debt is forgiven or at least a substantial portion of it.

    I doubt I'll go back in but it's a thought.
     
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    Go in as a medic for starters and go to school while you're in the army. It's cheaper there than you'll ever find it and all cleps are free.
     
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    go in as a medic

    Yea, I would recommend being a medic in the army first, thats what I am right now. You get a lot of hands on experience and get to do a lot of stuff that you normally wouldn't be allowed to do on the civilian side due to liability issues. I was thinking about being a doctor before getting into the army but after being a medic and working in the emergency room in a hospital for a couple of months, I learned that its something I may not want to do for the rest of my life. Being a medic in the army is about as close as you can come to getting a doctor's experience without having to take the leap into med school and having to owe the army a bunch of years. Also, if you aren't in the army now, sign up for the shortest contract possible (usually 2 years) because it isn't for everyone. You won't get a bonus, but if you like the army and want to stay in, you will get a huge re-enlistment bonus (most likely bigger than what guys are getting initially coming into the army).

    I think though you are talking about doing rotc first and then coming in as an officer. Officer is the way to go but you won't get to do the hands on stuff like the enlisted medics. Doctors and officers really only diagnose the patients while the medics actually get to give the shots, draw blood, give IVs and perform most of the minor procedures. I think medic is the best job in the army. I am almost done with school and should be finished in the next year and then I am going to go to OTC and become an officer. If you have any questions just let me know.
     

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