Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Air Force Doctor?

If you are a medical student, and wish to serve your country there are opportunities for a career as an Air Force doctor. You can serve as a physician in the Air Force, and receive state of the art continuing training, as well as being a part of the support for our country.

As an Air Force doctor, some of the duties you may have include: Assisting in patient surgery and extended care in Air Force Care facilities. You will work in Direct Ward and outpatient Services and work to provide direct and extended care to Air Force personnel and dependents. You will work to instruct and assist in training medical technicians and field medics.

As an Air Force Doctor you will formulate procedures and plans for patients’ direct care and work to assign schedules and direct medical activities in a variety of settings. You can enter into and serve in the Air Force as a doctor in a variety of different ways. You can sign up for Air Force service while going to school, graduate and become a commissioned medical officer. Or, you can apply for a direct commission if you are already a licensed civilian doctor.

Last, you can become an Air Force Doctor by applying for one of the U.S. Air Force medical enlistment training programs.


To enter into a Doctor medical career in the Air Force you have to have a doctorate degree in medicine, or be Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or other specialty. Sometimes you must have a graduate one-year program degree in advanced medical studies to qualify, depending on the specialty and the needs of the Air Force. Air Force Doctors works with patients and other medical personnel in Air Force Facilities. They work with patients to develop case histories, obtain data and information through patient interviews, and evaluate wounded and sick personnel.

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Doctors in the Air Force can be stationed literally anywhere that the Air Force serves around the world. As you rise in rank you will be assigned additional responsibility including supervising other doctors, and managing departments. Doctors can be assigned as advisors to commanders in battlefield situations, as well as headquarters units. Senior Medical personnel help coordinate patient care and health service for military command facilities. As a Senior Command Doctor you will participate in a variety of professional societies and organizations. You can be called upon to advise commanders on issues of Air Force Personnel welfare and health’s

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military dot image Madison Grayson    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, I am Madison Grayson and I am going into the 8th grade this year. I am looking into the doctor in the Military career. I am going to attend LSU. Now, I want to sign up for th eairforce whilr in school, graduate adn then come in as an officer. I want to know how to start this whole thing out. i want to help serve my country! Thank you for proving this information with me. I appreciate all the soldiers. THANK you. God Bless the USA!!!!!


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

there’s not much you need to do now. When you get to college, you’ll want to do Air Force ROTC to come out as an officer. Make sure you keep your high school grades up and do extracurricular activities and you could get a scholarship as well.


military dot image chris waters    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, I am a senior in high school that’s looking to persue a career in medicine via the USAF. I was wondering if ROTC would be the best way to go. Or is there a better way. I’m not sure if there’s anyway that you can defer active duty till you get out of grad school and are actually a M.D.


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

yes, ROTC is the best way for you to do it, especially for the medical field. With the ROTC program, you’ll graduate an officer. Afterwards, If you are accepted, you can attend medical school and the USAF will pay for it. since the AF benefits from your training, they will wait for you to complete your schooling before deploying you.


military dot image Meghan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, I am a sophmore in college at UGA and plan on pursuing medicine. I am not in ROTC though, but I want to be a doctor in the USAF after graduating med school. Can I do that without ROTC or do I need to join? Also, can I go to any med school I want or do I have to go to a certain med school for USAF to pay for it?


military dot image Robert    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

You do not need to do an Air Force ROTC for undergrad. In fact I would think that to be unwise since often times applying to medical school can take over a year and during that time the Air Force is not going to let you volunteer at hospitals and study for the MCAT, they will make you work.

What you should do is get through college and apply to medical school. Once you are accepted you can apply for the HPSP scholarship. This will pay for your medical school in return for 4 years active duty and 4 years inactive reserve duty. Your residency options my be limited but that is for you to research on your own.


military dot image hamit    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey, I am looking at going into the AFROTC as a possibility. If i were to join as soon as I go into college, would I still be able to pursue a medical career after my first four years. Thus, having the AF help with med. school tuition?


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

yes, hamit, that is a common approach to getting your med degree, as long as you maintain academics and get accepted into a med program


military dot image Nicole    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My plan is to go thru with college and medical school and then join the air force……however, my question is……residency? Do I have to go thru with residency on my own OR may I join usaf right away after grad from med school?


military dot image Ben    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am an M2 in medical school at FSU and i was wondering how life as an MD in the air force worked with family life? As much as I’d like to serve, my fiance is very worried about not seeing me for months at a time.


military dot image Bea    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi! I just graduated from med school and wanted to join the Air Force. But I also want to get into residency. Should I join the AF first, then enter apply to residency program while in the AF, or complete my residency at become a licensed physician as a civilian? THanks


military dot image marissa deckard    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

well i am a freshman at bloomfield indiana and im in our ROTC program here. we never get the Air Force to come and talk to us. BUt we do get the Air National Guard. They dont really help when you have questions tha your not sure about. if you could please message me or write me at 100 earl st. carne, in 47522 2006 north sharkey rd. 47424 bloomfield in. Or e-mail me at [email protected]
thank you.. Marissa


military dot image Andrew    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My name is Andrew and am going into the 9th grade, overseas in Ma’adi Egypt. My parents work for the DoS. I am looking to become a doctor in the Air Force. Would it be better to go through their education process or choose colleges of my own. Do they get good pay, and have the oppurtunity to deploy? Thank you so much! – Andrew


military dot image April    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey i am a 13 year old that is interested in being a doctor in the usaf!


military dot image Nicole    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am in 12 grade and I would want to become a medic In the air force. What is the best way to go?? What r the bentfits to become a medic??


military dot image Thomas    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

It’s great to see quite a few of our younger people who are interested in a medical career with the U.S. Air Force, and the other branches as well. I have 12 years of military service under my belt, and will be going to medical school in the fall of 2011. So, here is my advice to you.

ROTC: It really doesn’t matter. This program is used to train officers in the other occupational fields within the military.

The best thing you can do is concentrate on your education. Finish High School with a good academic standing. Go to college, and work hard. Remember that the frat life and parties won’t get you into the Air Force, let alone medical school. I have posted a few links here that you may want to check out. Good luck to all of you, and from a former US Marine, I say Semper Fi!!!!

http://www.usuhs.mil/admissions.html

This link will direct you to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. There is alot of good information on here. After you have read through it, do a google search on what it takes to become a doctor. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t do it!!!!


military dot image Trent    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi, Im 14 years old. I am looking to become a doctor in the Air Force. Im really confused on OTC and COT school. Is COT for people wanting to be medical professionals, or people who already have their degree? I really want the USAF to pay for my schooling. Thanks for your help!


military dot image Trent    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi my name is Trent and I want to become a Neurologist in the AF. I want the AF to pay for my college but idk if med school is different from any other college. Do I have to graduate from with with a degree in medicine then have the AF pay for my med school? Or does the AF pay for both my college and med school? Please help!


military dot image Malana    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My dream is to become a surgeon. Both sides of my family are military. I don’t know much about the air force but I personally know it’s the safest bet when it comes to taking care of you and letting you have a family life. I would love to serve my country and for the truest reasons, not the politics of it all. I know that becoming a physician is one way I know I can help people and really do what our country was founded upon: which is helping others. I want to go to college and get my doctorate, but I also want to intern. I am currently in high school and I plan on applying to ivy league medical schools but plan on going to a university here where I live for my premed. My question to you is how do I do all that but work for the airforce after i am done. How do I get school assistance and still get to “travel the world”. Is it possible? if so, how do I do it. I want to enter as an officer but i am not entirely certain as to what that pertains to within the airforce. Any advice helps for the time for deciding is now. Thank you and God bless.


military dot image Fred    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello. My name is Fred. I just finished my bachelors degree (with honors) in science, and I am currently in the process of applying to medical school. I have always dreamed about joining the USAF (as a kid, I always wanted to fly an F16 falcon), but in terms of medicine, I am not so sure about what to do next in terms of joining the air force. Should I wait until I get accepted or contact a USAF office now? I would truly appreciate some input/clarification. Thanks.


military dot image Bill    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My son is a senior in college pursuing a biology degree, with minors in chemistry and German. He is carrying a 3.9 GPA. He has already taken the MCAT’s and has scored very well. He is currently applying to medical schools. For the past four years, he has been taking direction from a Navy recruiter in hopes of obtaining a Navy Medical School scholarship.

The Navy scheduled him for a physical and he was denied acceptance due to a pre-existing condition that causes joint pain in his knees. His doctor has written a letter that states this condition should not prevent my son from performing any duties. In fact, my son has wrestled since he was 6 years old and currently is a collegiate wrestler, with academic all-star honors. In addition, he runs at least 3 miles every day.

Being a military doctor has been my son’s ambition for years. He is obviously devastated that this opportunity seems to be slipping away because of a physical issue that has never held him back previously.

I mentioned that this might just be a Navy requirement/issue and that perhaps his dreams can still be obtained through other branches of service. I write this to you because the Air Force was originally my Son’s original branch of choice until he talked with a college alumni Doctor who had successfully navigated the Navy Medical Scholarship program.

Should my son give up on his desire to be a military doctor or is there more he needs to know about what the Air Force can offer? Any insights are very greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


military dot image Walter Ward-Bos    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi i am Walter Ward and i am a Sophomore at Forks High School and i am very interested in the medical field, and i really want to work with the people who risk their lives for us. At first i was just interested in joining the Air Force but then i changed my mind and wanted to be an Aeromedical but then i got to thinking again and then it came to me i love the Air Force and the medical field so i though and i said to myself ” I want to be a doctor in the Air Force so i can help the people who help us”
Q: Ok so if i was a doctor in the USAF how long would i be there for and would i be released back home?


military dot image Ed    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My name is Ed. I am 30. I an a DO and I am a year away from finishing my residency in Internal Medicine. I am considering joining the Air National Guard as a physician. I have looked on line for information and have found a lot but I would like to hear from someone with first hand experience. Is there any way I can talk to a physician who is in the ANG?


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military dot image Allen    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am inquiring for my son who is 1.5 years away from graduating from BSN (nursing). He wants to further his education in medical to become a doctor. He wants to join the Airforce as an officer and at the same time send him to med school to become a physician. Does the Airforce have such program?


military dot image Dorothea Dixon    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a US citizen medical student in medical school in Argentina and want to enter the Air Force after getting my doctor of medicine degree AND passing the USMLE…… is there a possibility to enter your residency programs?? Or is it better to complete everything first and enter in as a full fledged doctor??


military dot image Annonymous    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am planning to join the air force as a medical doctor, but I don’t know how to go about the whole process. Do I go to college, then go to medical school and enlist as a medical doctor or do I go to college, enlist and then the air force pays for my medical school? Also, do I need to undergo internship and residency before I become a med doctor, or is there specific air force training? Thank you so much!


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Helen, you have several great options. The first being ROTC especially if college cost is a concern. The second option is to call and have a sit down meeting with your Air Force recruiter. Before the meeting, insure that he/she is familiar with programs for air force doctors. As you may know, the programs are very limited in most fields, so early planning is the key. My best. Larry F.


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