Medical School Timeline

  • 1st Year

    All Military Medical Students

    • Commission as a second lieutenant in the Army or Air Force, or as an ensign in the Navy, at the time of entry into the scholarship program.

    HPSP

    • Attend officer training if openings are available.
    • Begin your civilian classroom studies.

    USU

    • Attend officer training.
    • Begin 18 months of your pre-rotation curriculum and participate in field exercises, including FTX 101, in which students learn austere medical and warrior skills, and Antietam, a reenactment based on one of the Civil War's major battles.
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  • 2nd Year

    All Military Medical Students

    • At the completion of the second year of medical or Osteopathic school, you will take Step 1 of your United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or Level 1 of your Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX), depending on your medical school's schedule. Regardless of when you take the test, you must provide results to the scholarship program or school administrators by September 15 of your third year.

    HPSP

    • Attend officer training if you can fit it into your academic schedule and have not already done so. If you have completed officer training, participate in one annual training period, which may be a research rotation or school orders.
    • Depending on your school, you may begin your rotations, in which you train in multiple specialties at various hospitals. This will allow you to apply your coursework and determine the specialty you will apply to for residency. Keep in mind that you will need to do at least one rotation at a military hospital to help you select a military residency.

    USU

    • After you finish your pre-rotation curriculum, you will begin your clinical rotations by visiting various military medical facilities across the United States. While there, you will apply what you have learned in the classroom, learn about various military specialties and figure out which specialty you will apply for before residency. You will be assigned your rotation based on a lottery system, and USU will cover your travel, lodging and food costs.
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  • 3rd Year

    HPSP

    • Start attending your rotations. Most rotations will take place at your school, but keep in mind that you will need to do at least one rotation at a military hospital so that you can audition and interview for a military residency.
    • Complete an annual training period. A clinical rotation at a military hospital may count as an annual training period.

    USU

    • Continue attending your rotations and interviewing for residencies.
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  • 4th Year

    All Military Medical Students

    • In early summer, the Joint Service Graduate Medical Education Selection Board (JSGMESB) will release the list of residencies available for the next year.
    • Start filling out your application packet and ranking military residencies of your choice. If you wish to attend a civilian residency, rank that first.

    September

    • JSGMESB application closes.
    • Interview with military residency programs.

    October

    • Interview with military residency programs.
    • Deadline for providing results for Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge) of your USMLE or Level 2 (Cognitive Evaluation) of your COMLEX.
    • Apply to the Electronic Residency Application Service, used for the civilian match, in case you do not match to a military residency and the Military authorizes you to attend a civilian residency.

    November/December

    • Schedule interviews for civilian residencies for late December/January.
    • Receive results of the military match via email.
    • If you match to a military residency, you must withdraw from the civilian match process and cancel any interviews you have set up at civilian institutions.
    • If you get permission to continue in the civilian match, you must wait to find out whether you match to a program in March.

    If you do not match to a military residency and do not get permission to continue in the civilian match, you should plan to do a one-year civilian or military internship and reapply for a residency at the end of your internship.

    Graduation

    • You will be promoted to captain in the Army and Air Force or lieutenant in the Navy.

    HPSP

    • Complete an annual training period if you have one remaining for your scholarship. You may spend your annual training at a clinical rotation at a military hospital.

    USU

    • Take elective rotations abroad.
    • Participate in Operation Bushmaster, a field exercise required of all fourth-year students in which you act as a trauma doctor during a simulated deployment.
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