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Discussion in '2018-2019 Allopathic School Specific Discussions' started by gyngyn, Apr 21, 2018.
I just read an article on it. We could all be TV stars lol.
Maybe TV charisma is something the admissions committee has to consider this year
Anyone getting Dec 6 II emails today?
Maybe that's why I didn't get an II!
I've been in two Navy commercials. That's what carried me through.
Has anyone with an interview next Thursday gotten an email about the Wednesday student dinner?
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Nope not yet, received the base access approval email today though.
Until the unconditional comes in, I'm still going to my other interviews and ****, but I'm super excited.
I knew you'd do it. Congratulations!
@Matthew9Thirtyfive Do you have any advice on looking for housing in the area?
I'm actually looking now. Are you looking to buy or rent? I started out looking to buy, but after discussing it with a couple financial advisors, their advise was that buying when you're active duty and will be moving around a lot is a terrible decision. So we're going to rent. There are a lot of nice places to rent in North Bethesda and Rockville, but you can find places farther away too.
I'm looking to rent and would love to live close enough to bike to campus (within 7 miles). Do you know if most unmarried students have roommates?
I'm not sure. I can ask my student mentor, but I'm pretty sure a lot of people roommate up. It definitely saves money. Biking might not be very nice in the winter, especially when it snows. But if you live in North Bethesda or Rockville, there is a metro that goes right to campus.
Good point about the snow - I hadn't considered that!
They also offer carpool parking passes if you don't get an individual pass. But my student mentor said everyone in his class who applied for a permit got one. You can always get one and only use it when it snows or is really cold.
I think there's a bunch of apartments around the Bethesda metro station area, which is like 1 stop from Walter Reed. I have a friend that lived in one... it was pricey but had a decent amount of space for apartments in the DMV area.
Pike and Rose is really nice. Its close but also on the metro line
First time poster. USUHS II on 9/27. AD Navy HM from this area so if you guys have any questions about location/base, let me know. We live in a Germantown townhouse and the commute isn't bad in the morning at 25 mins at 0500, coming home depends but ranges from 30-50+ mins after 1600. Rent would hover around $1700-$2000 for a two story 1500 sqft townhouse. Good luck to everyone this year and congrats to those who were recently picked up!
Tried to send you a PM, but we interviewed on the same day. How's it going?
Hey! Congrats on your acceptance. Going well, patiently awaiting any verdict still but it sounds like they don't review all applicants from the same interview date together. Ill be good for another few weeks before the nail biting begins.
Yeah, they do it in batches. Be patient! You applying anywhere else?
Studded snow tires for bikes is what my husband uses to commute in the snow. I wimp out but they work for him.
Plenty of apartments up and down the red line metro. Would advise living north of the medical center metro since the stops south of medical center start later in the morning than the ones north. Pissed off my walter reed intern (at the time) friend off to no end.
Had a few roommates during first year, common theme for the bachelor and bachelorettes classmates. Kept rent costs down. Then I married my classmate and moved in with her...so I guess I still have a roommate.
I also concur with your financial advisers about not buying. Once didactics end in year 1.5 your rotation location will become utterly chaotic. You might be able to stay in Walter Reed for a while but also...most likely not. In the last 23 months I have probably spent 10 weeks back at USUHS. Though a good portion of that was because I tried to exile myself away from USUHS. Your individual mileage may vary though.
Wasn't allowed to under my 1306 letter of release. I had to fight hard for them to end my contract this cycle but finally got approval. I am a re-applicant for this reason as I was denied last time. Just got lucky this time I guess. Where else are you applying?
A few MDs and a few DOs. Not super interested in going elsewhere though. Although I do have an interview coming up at a school I think I will really like.
Well good luck to you. USUHS would be my top pick as well regardless.
Waitlist Navy 11/08 Interviewed 9/27. Just got the letter today.
II today! Super excited!
Which dates are they up to? Thanks and congrats on the II!
Interviewed Oct 4, still waiting. Anyone else?
Long time lurker here. Just got the “on hold for re-review” email. Totally what I was expecting since I have 0 military experience/ connections. I will say that was the nicest on hold message I’ve gotten so far. Complete 9/24. Best of luck to the other applicants and congrats to those accepted!
I was offered an interview for 11/29, unfortunately, I had a significant conflict with this date but was able to reschedule for 12/06 no problem
Yeah still waiting
Question for anyone who has previously interviewed. Is the admissions committee cool with us storing our luggage in their office while we interview. I got a flight later that evening.
Yes! There's a place to leave your luggage in the admissions office.
Did anyone else have a rough time with DoDMERB?
Still having a issues with DoDMERB. They sent me a remedial letter with the wrong injury on it. I do know that they are way behind though. They did a server switch earlier in the cycle and had to hand-jam a lot of information in.
They are backed up because they had major site issues. It took a while for me to wind my way through the process, but you’ll get through it. It doesn’t start to hurt you not being qualified until you hit Feb/March and beyond.
So Matthew9Tthirtyfive beat me to it, but yes - JSGME is the office responsible for coordinating the military equivalent of the civilian residency match process. Each service does it a little bit different, it's not exactly transparent, but from what they tell us it's a combination of looking at our pre-clerkship pass/fail scores and clerkship grades, an arbitrary number of "points" awarded for things like honors/leadership positions/research, and a bunch of residency program directors from each service passing the applications of MS-4s across a big table in a dark room with one lightbulb.
One thing is for sure though, you will get PCS (permanent change of station) orders wherever you get matched to wherever that residency is. With those PCS orders will come the means to transport you and your entire family with you. From my understanding, SOME residencies have optional research or travel months that COULD take you away from your base for some amount of time, but none that I'm aware of would keep you away from your family any more than the physicians in civilian residencies would. We've been told multiple times that residents will NOT be deployed before completing residency, with the exception of folks in GMOs who technically have completed an intern year and can practice unsupervised as a full physician.
That being said, there will be a few weeks every few years that you will probably be separated from your family (Bushmaster Exercise in years 1 & 4, your initial direct commissioning course - unless you are currently an active duty officer, and clerkships - though many students with families often bring their families along or opt to stay in the local area, except for air force med students, who I believe will have to do at least a few clerkships away from the NCR during med school).
Overall, military residencies are in places with large military treatment facilities and large populations of active duty folks to keep them busy enough to support their programs (think Oahu, DC, San Antonio, San Diego, & Seattle areas, not Montana). Almost all of these have suburbs that are great to raise families nearby, and some even have on-base housing if you really want your kids raised in a safe, tight-knit, military community (ex. where I grew up).
TL,DR; I don't have kids yet, but I have enough classmates with young kids who would share similar concerns if it were an issue - and I haven't heard of it from any of them yet. Residency PCS locations tend to be nice and fam-friendly.
I HAD THE SAME THING... So now I am scrambling trying to fix their mistake...
Ahhh, so as for being at USUHS, there's only one place and that's in Bethesda. If your spouse is in a unit/billet that doesn't have any positions in the NCR, you could be looking at being apart from awhile (like one of my classmates who has a partner still stationed in another state a thousand miles away right now). When we match, they do factor in military spouses and do their best to match couples accordingly, kind of like a couple's match except one member isn't going for residency. There are no guarantees of course, but take solace in being part of one of the largest organizations in the world and consistently demonstrates has a strong commitment to keeping families together when possible.
Did we just not get in?
Be patient. They are a little behind. They don’t really ghost people. You’ll find out one way or another.
Conditionally Accepted 11/09 for Navy commission!! I got a call and a letter yesterday. I'm beyond thrilled!!
I'm a reapplicant, former service in the Peace Corps, no military background, interviewed 10/17. Last year's three interviews and crickets broke me. But stick with it folks. Dedication pays off!
Yes my partner will be NCR-based for a long time, which is why I'd be eyeing up Bethesda for residency. Do a lot of people try to stay for residency?
I agree... I've just seen mil-to-mil with a mismatched set of PCS orders end up in divorce too many times. Deployments and extended training TDYs are one thing, but not having an expiration date for being apart makes it hard to raise kiddos. I definitely appreciate your thoughts and your optimism though... Something that is of great value to folks like me going through the process, so thank you!
I got an email from Col. Saguil saying that I have been waitlisted. Interviewed 10/4.
That's better news than it sounds like. USUHS historically goes through the vast majority of its waitlists for all three branches.
When was the email?