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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by SFA Chino, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. SFA Chino

    SFA Chino Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    Does a military background hinder or help the situation in acceptance into Medical School.

    btw, US Marine Corps, Corporal, 3 1/2 years
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  3. efex101

    efex101 attending Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2002
    Military background will not hinder you to gain entrance into medical school, on the other hand it will probably be an asset. I know of one school that does give preferance to vets (ETSU) if all other (gpa, mcat) are solid. Prior Army here.
  4. meatloaf king

    meatloaf king Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2001
    savannah, ga
    I pretty sure it will help in the overall, at least to show you have a little life experience outside the highschool directly to college don't have much more experiences norm. By the way, go Army.
    -always a sergeant and a future front line trauma surgeon hopeful.
  5. tec

    tec Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2001
    Iowa City, IA
    I was prior service Army and it was a huge asset at all of my interviews. So many of my interviewers wanted to talk about my "adventures". Never was it a hinderance.
  6. ttac

    ttac Trust me, it's still fun. 10+ Year Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Not Philly...
    Let me be the 4th person to say "Yes, it really helps" and add that it helps even more if you are applying to USUHS. At USUHS, the officers (doctors) seemed to be impressed with my leadership experiences... although I was only a reserve Army officer for 5 years, I did really well in Engineer officer basic course, and graduated from Sapper Leader Course (had some great stories to tell there :) ) and subsequently was accepted to USUHS. Although I ended up choosing DUCOM (the med school formerly known as MCP-Hahnemann), I know that my prior military experience really helped me stand out, both to get an interview, and thereafter.

  7. lamyers1

    lamyers1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2002
    Mobile, AL
    Oh, they love ex-military! I'm ex-Army intel and my interview was 9/26 last year. All they wanted to do was question me about 9/11. What the heck did I know about that? I spied on the Ruskies in the late 80's!!! Now send over some Soviet Armed Forces and I might have a clue...
  8. silvercholla

    silvercholla Smarter than the avg bear 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2002
    New York

    HOORA!!! Being an ex Marine could put you ahead of the of the Game. You have a hell of a head start!!:clap:

    Semper Fidelis!!!!
  9. SFA Chino

    SFA Chino Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    hey guys, thanks alot for the help and all the replies.
    Semper Fi.

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