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Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by Hunter007, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Hunter007

    Hunter007 2+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    hi going to be a first year ms student starting in august...i read somewhere the minimum years for a military scholarship is two years. does that mean i can apply my junior year and only be committed to two years of service? also if this is the case can i have some feedback on whether or not this is a good idea
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  3. jfitzpat

    jfitzpat 10+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I'm pretty sure the minimum is two years payback regardless of how many years you take the scholarship. For instance, if you took a one year scholarship, you would still owe two. It might be three in some branches, but I'm not real sure.

    As for whether or not it's a good idea, run a search and get ready to set aside a big chunk of time surfing through the many opinions on the subject. There are hundreds of posts about whether or not it is good thing.
  4. Heeed!

    Heeed! On target, On time! 10+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    San Antonio, TX
    You will have less say in what specialty of medicine you go into. If you don't care where you end up, then sign up. By taking a 2 year scholarship, you'll be getting a lot of the bad parts of military medicine and missing out on one of the benefits, which is the scholarship DURING med school. If you want to be on HPSP, I recommend taking it for 4 years. What I would really recommend is you remain a civilian, and then if you want to join the military after residency, then by all means...
  5. BigNavyPedsGuy

    BigNavyPedsGuy Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    The minimum payback is 3 years even if you just take a one year scholarship. And then if you did a residency it would probably add to that.
  6. Hunter007

    Hunter007 2+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    thanks guys...the best piece of advice i received was dont take the scholarship unless you want to be in the military. since i am not sure want to i think i will stay a civilian

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