I have an embarrassing secret to share: I failed my initial physical fitness test (PFT). During Commissioned Officer Training (COT), all candidates are expected to pass a PFT consisting of one minute of sit-ups, one minute of push-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Sounds easy enough, right? I went to COT after my first year of medical … More COT: Physical Fitness Test
Hello all! I know there haven’t been many new posts on MilitaryDoc.com but trust me it was for a good reason. Having gone through Commissioned Officer Training and being a U.S. Air Force officer I am very aware that what I do is a direct representation on the U.S. Air Force. While this is a … More Blog Update – April 2018
About a year ago I adopted a mainly plant-based diet, or as my colleagues jokingly call it, a flexitarian which is a term to describe a vegetarian who very rarely eats meat. To preface my decision to radically change my diet, it helps to have a bit of a background. In October of 2015 my … More Doctors Versus Diets
1) The Skimm (Free – $2.99) The Skimm is a daily email that contains a condensed version of the latest news. It hits my inbox at around 5:30 AM and I read it religiously before walking out the door in the morning. This email covers natural disasters, politics, current events and pop culture references just like … More Top 10: Apps all Medical Students Should Download
One Common Problem.
America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2015 there were more than 33,000 overdose deaths. This number rose to more than 64,000 deaths in 2016 and these numbers show no signs of slowing down. To put these numbers in perspective, more than double the number of people died by drug overdose last year than the number of people killed by gun violence.
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“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor.” It’s a common sentiment heard among medical students. Many of my classmates had grown up in families of doctors, and it was just expected that medical school was the next step. Unlike many of my classmates, I don’t have anyone in the medical field in my … More Imposter Syndrome
While the dates differ each year, the application cycle is comparable each year. This should serve as a very brief overview of what to expect in the upcoming months. If you have any questions regarding exact dates or deadlines, be sure to contact AFIT (if you’re Air Force) or your point of contact at MODS. 3rd … More Applying to a Military Residency Timeline
Today, we will start with the basics: setting up an ADT rotation. All members of HPSP are required to do at least 1 ADT rotation during their 4th year. This rotation is designed to give you exposure to the specialty on a military base, exposure to the base and the surrounding areas and to give program directors … More Setting up an ADT Rotation
As a member of the Armed Forces HPSP, you will be required to apply for the military match. The military match is much like the civilian match, but there are some key differences. As a member of the Air Force HPSP I am most familiar with their application requirements but I will do my best … More Military Match Overview
January of your second year is the ideal time to buckle down and start preparing for the boards. My biggest piece of advice I can offer is to not overwhelm yourself with too many resources. Pick a couple that work for you and stick with them. Because 10 books or study resources would be way too … More Top 10: Resources to use for Studying for USMLE Step 1