Military medical students carry a patient toward a simulator. Military medical students carry a patient toward a simulator.

Officer + Medical Training

Joining the Military as a physician offers a great challenge, and there is a lot of support to help you on your path. Since military physicians enter as officers, they receive training in leadership and military culture in addition to attending medical school. It’s not boot camp but specialized training meant to prepare military physicians for success. Find out what is expected of medical students, residents and physicians to determine if the Military is right for you.

Military Officer Training + Rank

Officer training will help you understand military culture and what’s expected of you. Although military physicians do not go through the same Basic Training as enlisted service members, each Service has a separate track for officers that includes classes and physical training.

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Each Service has a separate track for officers that includes classes and physical training.

Medical School + Timelines

The Military offers multiple entry paths for prospective medical students, including the Health Services Scholarship Program, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and opportunities in the Reserve and Guard. Get an overview of the differences among these paths.

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Residency + Match Day

The process of matching to the appropriate residency is complicated whether you are a civilian or military medical student. Knowing the types of residencies available can help you develop a strategy well before you start ranking schools for Match Day.

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Knowing the types of residencies available can help you before Match Day.

Research Opportunities

Military physicians are constantly training and learning. They have achieved breakthroughs in many different medical fields, including oncology, neurology and HIV research.

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