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how much debt are you guys in?
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$0 and 4 years to Uncle Sam. shog[1].gif
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Man, I don't miss medicine at all...
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Neurosurgery. Whether or not it's going to be pediatric neurosurgery remains to be seen.

Is that neurosurgery residency and then a fellowship? Like 13 years of training? Good luck man.
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$0 and 4 years to Uncle Sam. shog[1].gif

Aren't you going to be specialty restricted? That was the main reason I decided not to do the military programs. Doing flight surgery or something like that would've been pretty interesting, though.
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Is that neurosurgery residency and then a fellowship? Like 13 years of training? Good luck man.
Aren't you going to be specialty restricted? That was the main reason I decided not to do the military programs. Doing flight surgery or something like that would've been pretty interesting, though.

Naw. The Army offers every major specialty. I knew going in that I wanted to do Radiology and there's plenty of spots for that. In fact, the past few years they haven't even filled all their residency slots.
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TKJTG, i was really interested in the uniformed services program and decided not to ultimately. its one of those "what could have been" moments for me.

how do you like it? they always talked about you could go to different bases and learn how to parachute, becomes weapons trained, etc. have you done any of that stuff?
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Doing flight surgery or something like that would've been pretty interesting, though.
A buddy of mine is a flight surgeon. He absolutely loves it and from the description I could understand why. He also lucked out and is now stationed in Hawaii, but the alternatives would have been far less attractive.
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Naw. The Army offers every major specialty. I knew going in that I wanted to do Radiology and there's plenty of spots for that. In fact, the past few years they haven't even filled all their residency slots.

my buddy didn't match family (!!!) for army. My old roommate match transitional year in VA for Navy. He wanted ER.....but I guess transition can go to a lot of things for military...
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Man, I don't miss medicine at all...

were you a doc before? did you change careers?
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how much debt are you guys in?

I'll be in over 250k when all is said and done.
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TKJTG, i was really interested in the uniformed services program and decided not to ultimately. its one of those "what could have been" moments for me.
how do you like it? they always talked about you could go to different bases and learn how to parachute, becomes weapons trained, etc. have you done any of that stuff?

Naw, I'm only an M2(1 more week!!!) right now. I've pushed off going to Officer Basic Course until the summer after M3, so that will be my first real look at this stuff.
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poly800rock and whodini, what specializations are you guys thinking of doing?
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Knocking people out.
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In retrospect, I must say step 1 is key. It is what makes or breaks you in terms of getting into a tier 1 training program (MGH, BW, SF, JH) for residency. Step 1 will follow you into fellowship (which is stupid since by then, it will be 5+ years removed) b/c most programs will still look at step 1.

In addition, steps 2 and 3, and boards thereafter pretty much mean nothing and no one cares as long as you pass.
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thanks for the answers
^what're you doing now?

Hospitalist Medicine, though I've started spending more time with the utilization staff in our hospital. I will likely pursue an MPH or MBA in the not too distant future.
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In addition, steps 2 and 3, and boards thereafter pretty much mean nothing and no one cares as long as you pass.

This is incredibly true. I did pretty mediocre on Step I, but scored around the 90th percentile for Step III and my specialty boards. The latter contributed next to nothing to my professional career.
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TKJTG, i was really interested in the uniformed services program and decided not to ultimately. its one of those "what could have been" moments for me.
how do you like it? they always talked about you could go to different bases and learn how to parachute, becomes weapons trained, etc. have you done any of that stuff?

In my experience (USMC), a Flight Surgeon is strictly a medical specialist. He did not do any combat arms training. It would probably be different for a doctor who is attached to an army airborne battalion.
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