Pediatric Clerkship at WPAFB I just recently completed my pediatric clerkship at Wright Patterson AFB and I thought I’d take a moment to discuss my experience with you. I should preface this by saying I am very fortunate that my medical school is very lenient with their military students when it comes to rotating at … More Setting up Non-ADT Rotations and my experience at WPAFB
What is the USMLE? COMLEX? All United States medical students are required to pass a three-step examination for medical licensure. Allopathic (MD) students are required to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) whereas Osteopathic (DO) students are required to take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX). The purpose of these exams is … More Should I take USMLE Step 1?
Most people consider “doctor” and “M.D.” to be synonymous, but many people don’t know that there are actually two pathways to becoming a physician in the United States; allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO). DOs are fully qualified physicians who are able to prescribe medications, practice medicine, and performs surgery just like their MD counterparts. The … More What is a D.O.?
A brief overview and some insider tips to survive Commissioned Officer Training … More Commissioned Officer Training – Here’s what you need to know
When I was a sophomore in high school, I competed on my school’s high kick and jazz dance team. After a fairly uneventful practice I felt a sharp pain shoot through my back as I went to pick up my bag. By the time I hobbled out to my mom’s car I was in tears … More Why I chose to become a D.O.
The purpose of a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) is determine if an applicant meets the physical qualifications, aptitude and moral standards to join the military. As an HPSP student, MEPS focuses just on the physical qualifications, and you will not be asked to complete a computerized ASVAB on arrival unlike applicants who are hoping to … More My MEPS Experience
Age All services require applicants to be between the ages of 18-36, and the Navy requires that a candidate be no older than 42 by the time you begin Active Duty after graduating from medical school. Citizenship HPSP requires you be an American citizen. If a noncitizen wishes to serve, they can serve through … More Are you eligible for HPSP?
If you do HPSP, the military gets to decide what you have to specialize in – I hear this misconception all the time. It’s frustrating because recruiters typically aren’t familiar with the medical school process so they are unable to answer questions regarding the residency match, so much of the information regarding residency is really … More Misconceptions about HPSP
So many of the questions I get on my social media accounts are about pursuing a medical career in the military. I am attending medical school via the Health Promotions Scholarship program (HPSP) in the United States Air Force. This post is to serve as a general overview of HPSP, but all the information listed … More What is HPSP?