I am currently a junior in college (though I still have 2 years left because I'm a double major), and want to get an MD and PhD to become a medical scientist as well as a practicing trauma surgeon. Since you can't apply for the HPSP until after being accepted into med school, I was considering joining the Navy reserves now for my remaining 2 years of undergraduate schooling. I was just wondering how (and if...) the transition here would work. I don't know very much about the reserves in general yet. Can you join the reserves as an officer and go through ODS, or does that only apply for active duty? If so, would I be able to apply for HPSP while already in the reserves after (hopefully) getting accepted into medical school, and if so where would I go from there? Another random question....is there much opportunity for medical research in the military? And would I be allowed to go to graduate school before serving back my time (like in an MD-PhD program), or would I be better off doing that after my active duty commitment is over (I do plan to stay in the reserves afterward for a 20 year total). Sorry if this topic has been beaten to death, but I haven't been able to find much on going from the reserves to HPSP. Thanks for the help!