HPSP: If I match into a civilian residency and a military residency during M4, do I have to pick the latter?

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Image the following scenario: I'm an M4 Navy HPSP recipient, and I apply to both military and civilian residencies(EM as my 1st choice, radiology as my 2nd, and internal as my 3rd).

I match into a civilian EM program but only an IM program for the military.

Do I have to do the military residency even though it wasn't my first choice? Or can I choose to do the civilian residency and defer serving until after it's finished?

Thank you in advance.
 

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Image the following scenario: I'm an M4 Navy HPSP recipient, and I apply to both military and civilian residencies(EM as my 1st choice, radiology as my 2nd, and internal as my 3rd).

I match into a civilian EM program but only an IM program for the military.

Do I have to do the military residency even though it wasn't my first choice? Or can I choose to do the civilian residency and defer serving until after it's finished?

Thank you in advance.
Not doing HPSP, but there is more than one match. Military match results happen before civilian. If you match into something for military, no matter what or where that is, that is what you are matched into.
 

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You cannot match twice. A match is a legally binding contract to that program for x amount of time (I think it's one year?)
 
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Image the following scenario: I'm an M4 Navy HPSP recipient, and I apply to both military and civilian residencies(EM as my 1st choice, radiology as my 2nd, and internal as my 3rd).

I match into a civilian EM program but only an IM program for the military.

Do I have to do the military residency even though it wasn't my first choice? Or can I choose to do the civilian residency and defer serving until after it's finished?

Thank you in advance.
Military match is in Dec, followed by civilian match 3 months later in March. Match, as stated above, is legally binding, not to mention the orders and rules and regs that come with the military.

It doesn't matter what you apply for and to how many programs for the civilian match. If you apply military match, even if its to a field you don't want in a location you don't want to go - if you match, that's that. You matched. There will no longer be a civilian match for you.





If you are an M4, or approaching M4 and are part of HPSP and don't know how this works, I highly recommend you re-look at your obligations and speak with someone such as your recruiter.
 

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Image the following scenario: I'm an M4 Navy HPSP recipient, and I apply to both military and civilian residencies(EM as my 1st choice, radiology as my 2nd, and internal as my 3rd).

I match into a civilian EM program but only an IM program for the military.

Do I have to do the military residency even though it wasn't my first choice? Or can I choose to do the civilian residency and defer serving until after it's finished?

Thank you in advance.
I am guessing you were trying to say ‘imagine’ the scenario instead of image. If you are in HPSP, you are the navy’s and will go where they send you if you match military. There is a decent chance of this happening, so if you have a specialty you really want you are advised to rank it first and then use transition years and deferment as your next options.
 
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Military match is in Dec, followed by civilian match 3 months later in March. Match, as stated above, is legally binding, not to mention the orders and rules and regs that come with the military.

It doesn't matter what you apply for and to how many programs for the civilian match. If you apply military match, even if its to a field you don't want in a location you don't want to go - if you match, that's that. You matched. There will no longer be a civilian match for you.

If you are an M4, or approaching M4 and are part of HPSP and don't know how this works, I highly recommend you re-look at your obligations and speak with someone such as your recruiter.
Their status says they're a premed, so thankfully it looks like they have some time to get a better grasp.
 
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Their status says they're a premed, so thankfully it looks like they have some time to get a better grasp.
Many don’t update though. There are physicians on here who are post residency and fellowship as attendings and still have pre Med listed lol.
 

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Ah yes, thank you for reminding me! I am now a current student, 2 weeks into my first year lol
In that case, are you doing HPSP? If you are, do as MusicDOc124 mentioned and make sure you fully understand the terms of your contract and match process. You're also going to want a gameplan for boards sooner than your civilian classmates due to training obligations each summer.
 
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In that case, are you doing HPSP? If you are, do as MusicDOc124 mentioned and make sure you fully understand the terms of your contract and match process. You're also going to want a gameplan for boards sooner than your civilian classmates due to training obligations each summer.
I finished applying recently and am currently waiting to see if I've been selected or not, but I'll keep all of this in mind!
 
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I'm assuming you'd rather match civilian. In that case, you could apply to very hard and competitive, minimal spots for military match, and that way you're likely to not actually match, until civilian one.
 

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I'm assuming you'd rather match civilian. In that case, you could apply to very hard and competitive, minimal spots for military match, and that way you're likely to not actually match, until civilian one.
This is bad advice OP. If you do HPSP you should assume you will be doing the military match. There really isn't a way to game the system to get a civilian deferment unless they want to give it to you. (you can list civilian deferment in the match but this requires that the service decided they need more people in that specialty than they can get in the military GME)
 
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