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Military scholarships

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by aallaei, Dec 10, 2002.

  1. aallaei

    aallaei Member
    7+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2002
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    For those of you who have accepted the military scholarship or know a lot about the process to share your thoughts. I am confused on how long after residency you have to work for the government? how many hours a week? is it at a VA? What is provided? Is it easier to go into surgery if you have a military scholarship? Do u do ur residency with the military?

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  3. EUROdocMOM

    EUROdocMOM Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    May 23, 2001
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    Usually you are active duty one year for each year they pay for. I have a 4 year scholarship, so owe 4 active , and (here's the fine print) 4 in reserve.
    Please don't just go military for the money. I decided that it is a unique experience that I want to be involved with. The money does make life easier, though. Especially the stipend. Around $1000/ month.
    You usually have to do a military match for residency, and I have no idea which specialties are easier than others. I do know that some people choose (and get approval) for special residencies or fellowships outside of the military, though. The VA (my understanding) has nothing to do with the military hospitals. They use us for the active troops, their families, retired (that get benefits) service member and thier dependents.
    Search this forum for more info (previous threads), talk to others who have done it, get lots of opinions before you make a decision.
    **Keep in mind some scholarships close their application date sooner than others!

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