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Doing the NAVY thing?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by solid snake, Sep 8, 2002.

  1. solid snake

    solid snake Senior Member
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    Have any of you guys considered doing the NAVY route for med school? I've just heard of it recently and want to know more?
    Is there a website I could go to for more info? And, are there any SDNer's doing this?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Street Philosopher

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    I wouldn't want to play sailor.
     
  4. Random Access

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    I'd guess you have to give them 3-4 years of service at least after you graduate? Do they have their own residency programs? I was talking to someone who was doing Navy ROTC and was interested in law school. I think he has to do a few years of service since they are paying for school, and he is hoping to get an internship sort of thing in something in the Navy that is related to law in order to bridge to getting into law school. Then they'll help pay for it or pay for it, and then he has to do a few more years service, I think? Sorry for the uncertainty; it was all hearsay...


    -RA
     
  5. JScrusader

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    My uncle was in the Navy program. The time spent in the Navy does not count towards your residency, but I think his program, rheumatology, did give him credit for a year or two. He has only positive things to say about the program. He was happy with his paycheck, got to live in Japan and Australia, and he has no loans.
     
  6. Trajan

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    I am planning to apply for both the Navy and Army HPSP. I often feel as if I am the only person choosing this route, so I'm glad to see others considering it!
     
  7. buglady

    buglady We need more cowbell
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    I'm considering applying for a Naval HPSP scholarship....If you can handle knowing that you'll owe a year for every year they pay for school (3 or 4 year scholarships only), then go for it. It's a great deal. You're an O-2 (Junior grade Lieutenant, i think?!) upon graduation from med school. They pay for all of your tuition, books, and other expenses like microscope rental, etc. Plus, they give you a stipend. The Navy stipend I believe is around $1020, so that will help with living costs. You can do a civilian internship and residency, if you don't match first with the Navy match, but it doesn't count towards the time you owe. Also, you could get stuck doing a GMO tour. Being a General Medical Officer doesn't always turn out to be the most fun, but if you don't mind being stuck on a ship for a really really long time, then, hey, no biggie!

    It's a huge commitment, though. If you are married or have a serious significant other, making the decision to pursue such an endeavor would be a tough one. Also, you should be prepared to become a part of the Armed Forces. I know some people could never join, based on their political or religious viewpoints.

    My brother is in an engineer for the Navy Corp of Engineers and he loves it. He's lived in Sicily with his wife for the past two years, is fluent in Italian and will most likely be sent to London after he does his CB tour in the states. I know medicine and engineering are two different things, but being in the Navy offers some great opportunities for those who are can handle a little adventure without the heavy burden of owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
     
  8. Lanie

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    I thought about this and asked my father what he thought. He was in the navy and said there were definite benefits, but one big negative if you thought that 3 years was your only commitment....They have the right to call you( doctors) back into service at any point they choose to. With a possible war with Iraq, you do have to consider whether or not you'd like to be in the middle of all of that. Still, having no debt is a big plus.
     
  9. Mutterkuchen

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    There is tons of information on this forum about HPSP. Just do a search on HPSP for details.
     
  10. solid snake

    solid snake Senior Member
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    Do you think we would be able to pay off our debts in the same amount of time we spend serving in the Navy/Army? For example, would I be able to pay off my debts, say 3-4 yrs, without being in the Navy?
     
  11. DW

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    depends where you go to school i'd say. if you go to a state school where you can keep your debt under 100K, then those first few years in a semi lucrative practice plus some sound budgeting after taxes/malpractice insurance/living expenses you could conceivably. if you end up at an expensive private, like GW, i'd say forget it.
     
  12. VAPman

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    Here's the navy website:
    http://nshs.med.navy.mil/hpsp/Pages/HPSPHome.htm

    Army and Air Force also have similar programs. Just run a search with the military branche's name and health professionals scholarship program in a search engine.
     
  13. Buck Wild

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    i heard it's real tough to get into this program. my friend filled out an application, but because of a recent surgery, he wasn't even interviewed because he didn't pass the physical.

    my first priority is to get into a medical school first, then worry about paying for it...
     
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    My first post...

    Anyway, I am an Air Force medic and plan to use the HPSP for med school. You owe a year of service for each year in school. Residency does not count towards payback, but if you make a military career, the time does count toward retirement pay. Actually, after graduation, you become an O-3. Pay is good, and hey, I love the military life. It's not what most people think. Of course, it is not for everyone. If I were you, look into the AF as well. Air Force treats their doctors well with assignments and special incentive pay. Hope this helps.:)
     
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    A buddy of mine seriously considered going this route, but ultimately decided against it because he was afraid he would get pushed into a specialty that he didn't want. After the Navy invests in you by paying for your school, they want you to do something that is valuable. Right now what the armed services need most is plain ol' internists. So, if you have grand hopes of doing a 10 year residency to become a pediatric cardiac surgeon, the armed services is definitely not the way to go. ;)
     
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    I hate the navy. I'm gonna do AF. :clap:
     
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    I applied for and was offered a Navy HPSP scholarship but decided to turn it down. This program is a good deal if you want to be in the military. But, if you are doing it just for the money, probably not such a good deal. You just have to decide what you are willing to give up. BTW, the GMO tour can last from 1-3 years (!!!) and is done after your internship, before the rest of residency--big drawback for me.

    It's really not that hard to get a scholarship as long as you are in perfect health. I had knee surgery at the age of 7 months and it took several months to get that cleared through meps--start early, especially if you have had major injuries/surgeries at any time in your life (so contact your recruiter now).
     
  19. SFA Chino

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    personally, I think the Air Force is the way to go if you want an easy "civilian" type atmosphere. Army has a bunch of numnutz, more so than the other branches, and only god knows where the Navy will send you. But that's just my opinion.
    Semper Fi
     
  20. i've heard the airforce is better
     
  21. Jet915

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    I plan on applying to the Air Force scholarship. The recruiter asked me what kind of doctor I wanted to be and I told him internal surgery or radiology. He said that they are looking for radiologists so it seems that they need some specialists atleast. BTW, how good is the pay..........like generally how much is it starting for military docs?

    Jetson
     
  22. applejuice1979

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    I know a Dr. Johnson who joined the military just for medical school and wouldn't you know WWII happened. Let's just say that he does real estate now. You should really consider your decision wisely. The military does a lot of false advertisement to tempt people into joining and you might be better off just going to a civilian school and taking out loans that you will pay back in a few years!
     

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