Military Medical School
If you are looking for a military medical school, your search will be short and sweet. There is only one! The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. However, you may also be interested in military options to help pay for medical school. Each branch of the military, including Army medical school, provides scholarships that pay for all the costs of medical school along with a monthly stipend. Both of these options will be described below.
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The Uniformed Services University of the Health
Name: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
Location: Bethesda, MD
Public or Private: Owned by the US Government, a true military medical school
School Website: Click here
You are committing to being in the military. Understand that in enrolling in this school, you are enrolling in military service. You may enroll in the Army medical school, Navy, Air Force or Public Health Service.
Average GPA: 3.5
For full information from the admissions website, click here
As you can see, it takes top MCAT scores to get into medical school.
- Tuition: FREE! There is no tuition for going to this military medical school. Your tuition is paid through your branch of the military, which may be the Army medical school. Your payment in return is a commitment to “serving at least seven years in the uniformed service after graduation, internship and residency are complete.”
- You will get paid to go to school!: You will be PAID while going to medical school at the “full salary and benefits of a second lieutenant or ensign throughout all four years of school.” This equates to $2,784 per month for the 2011 budget. Now that’s what I call a great deal and a great reason to consider a this military medical school.
- Cost of Living: Student housing is not available on campus, and 1 bedroom apartments run in the $1000 per month range.
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The Health Professions Scholarship Program
- In this program, you will have your tuition and fees fully paid for by your branch of military as well as a monthly living stipend.
- Generally you will pay this back with one year of military service for each year you receive aid
- For more information about this program from each branch, click on the following:
- For more information about other types of scholarships for medical school, click here.
- Military medical schools and military medical school scholarships are a great option if you are interested in a career in medicine in the military. You will have great training and graduate with no debt. However, you will be considered an asset to the military that will be used according to the military’s needs and not necessarily your own. If this is something you are willing to do, then go for it! I seriously considered this route, but decided that the risk of being sent away from my family for extended periods was too high. From what I heard, the Air Force was the most family-friendly branch. Army medical school, Navy and Public medical service also have their benefits so check them all out before you decide. Good luck!
For help with getting accepted to military medical school
or any other medical school, I recommend MedSchoolCoach. Everyone there has been on an admissions committee and so they will be able to tell you what really matters to get accepted. Check them out here. You can also check out my eBook here.