I am currently a senior in high school.
I will probably attend University of Colorado Boulder next year, and will attempt some sort of pre-med focus degree.
After I graduate from CU, I will be looking for a medical school, and I hope to begin training to become a physician. What I want to try to do is do some sort of ROTC program during medical school to help defray the cost of medical school. Afterwards, I would like to serve in any branch of the armed forces (not just Army) for five-six years as a commissioned officer.
So, is this possible?
I really don’t mind crappy pay, as long as it’s not hunting squirrels on the weekend for extra protein, but I do want to be able to spend my intership and residency within the armed forces. Can I select my own specialty, or will this be decided for me? I’m currently leaning towards emergency medicine or trauma surgery, but of course, this is a long way off. I think I’d live to avoid podiatry.
Since so many SDMB’ers have served in the military or are physicians who may have looked into this before, I’d appreciate any info that you can give me.
Recruiters are generally not helpful because all they want you to do is enlist the afternoon they talk to you or else do a typical ROTC program; telling me I could always go to med school after serving in the military for five years. They are generally unwilling to research this, or give me some names to contact to research it on my own. Thanks, but no thanks.
Again, thanks. To the SDMB. Not the recruiters.