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If you accept the HSPS do you get to pick your speicalty or do they put you in a job???
 

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EdCadore said:
If you accept the HSPS do you get to pick your speicalty or do they put you in a job???

do a search.........my posts from dec 2003 forward about military medicine.
 

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Unlike the civilian world, during/After internship you apply for GME2 position. Thus the military exerts a strong selection pressure on what you can do. The military also has the option of sending you out to the fleet as a GMO.
 
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It is different for every service. I can only speak for Air Force. Over the past 2-3 years, the number of applicants for certain specialities (Such as Anesthesia, Radiology, Optho, Ortho, E Med) far outweighed the funded positions. This year a new initiative says that if you do not get selected for residency training while applying as 4th year med student, you will have to do a 2 year Flight Surgeon/GMO tour. Then you are given the option of either riding out your commitment or applying for a residency. Most of the HPSP people in the current SAM course just want to ride out their commitment, however you definetly have an advantage in applying for GME after doing your 2 years as a FS/GMO, and the board will push hard to get you a residency position. Keep in mind if you really want to do Radiology, they can't force you to go into Family Medicine, they will just tell you to be a FS/GMO. Hope this helps.
 

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....and if you really want to search for information..the name of the program is HPSP, not HSPS. ;)

Kaikai beat me to the sarcasm.

In short, you cannot be compelled into a specialty you don't want to practice it (except for flight surgery). However, there is a good chance that you won't get the specialty you want, particularly in the Air Force.
 

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IgD said:
Unlike the civilian world, during/After internship you apply for GME2 position. Thus the military exerts a strong selection pressure on what you can do.
That's only true 50% of the time.

IgD said:
The military also has the option of sending you out to the fleet as a GMO.
Yeah, so if you don't match into the specialty you were going for, you'll get sent out as a GMO. Some like their gmo tours and some don't.
 
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