I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to write a blog post that may be controversial in nature. I tried to convince myself that it would be easier just to bite my tongue, turn my cheek, look the other way. I reasoned that writing a post that was political in nature would be … More An Immigrant’s Perspective on the American Dream
I woke up feeling exhausted. My first of my 4 alarms went off at 4:15 AM. I lay in bed just dreading the day ahead of me, before finally leaving the safe confines of my bed to get ready. By 4:50 AM I was in my car heading to the nursing home where I am … More Mourning the Loss of a Patient
It was about this time 2 years ago that I began freaking out anticipating heading to Commissioned Officer Training (COT). I loved my time at COT (seriously), but I felt grossly unprepared once I arrived. There were so many things I forgot to bring or just didn’t even think of bringing. Being the typical Type … More COT: How to Pack Like a Pro
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
A brief overview and some insider tips to survive Commissioned Officer Training … More Commissioned Officer Training – Here’s what you need to know
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?