Civillian College vs. USAFA

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by glm705, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. glm705

    glm705 New Member

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    I want to become a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force then I want to eventually become the Surgeon General of the Air Force. If I go to a civillian college, I would major in health promotion then go to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. At the AFA, I would major in biochemistry then go to USUHS. Which is the best path to get to my goal?
     
  2. HB2019

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    I’ve seen in other posts that becoming a doctor or getting into a medical school from a service academy is difficult because there isn’t many spots. At the academy, you will ge faced with many challenges day after day on top of a heavy courseload which can be hard to manage. You will have more of a civilian life doing ROTC, but you will still be expected to perform well in your respective unit.

    It just depends on what you want your college experience to be really.

    I definitely recommend looking at past forums as well because this topic certainly has some solid threads.
     
  3. SAorBUST

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    Civilian route - USAFA can’t guarantee medical school.
     
  4. glm705

    glm705 New Member

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    Would you recommend ROTC or just going through COT (commissioned officer training) before USUHS?
     
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    I’m not the expert like many others here, I just know that med school is not guaranteed. Having said that, I’d choose ROTC.
     
  6. BlueBulldog

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    well OP is certainly aiming high ... I have a classmate who graduated the citadel and commissioned, went to flight school then went to med school and became Flt Surgeon - he retired last spring or maybe it was summer.

    if your absolute goal is med school immediately after college - I'd go to college. The military needs will ALWAYS come first and if Blue needs Air Battle Managers or Missile Officers more than they need docs when you graduate guess where you're going ...
     
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  7. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    USAFA is not the best route for med school. It's still possible, but it's tougher than many other options.
     
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    Pima 10-Year Member

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    I have a little background here as a 3rd party. There was a poster here a long time ago (hornetguy). His goal was to be a flight surgeon, we kind of adopted him. My DH was the one that had the honor to give the commissioning oath out of USAFA to him
    This is how I remembered how it went down for flight surgeon
    Path 1:
    Go to UPT, and than apply for med school once ADAF.
    ~ You can't be a flight surgeon if you can't fly
    Path 2:
    Go med school and than ask to go through their flight program.

    JMPO, if you live near an AFB, see if you contact a flight surgeon and talk to them personally. Reaching for the stars is great, but you also need to be realistic.
     
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  9. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    Strange, I know quite a few doctors who are USNA grads, I served at sea with one from the class in front of mine where he was the Ship's Doctor. I also have a number of classmates who went to med school after serving as a line officer in the Navy/Marine Corps. Somehow, their GPAs did not hold them back.
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    FWIW, I have a daughter (civilian college grad) heading to Med School in a couple of months and I am well aware of the competitive nature of the selection process.
     
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  10. throwaway4124

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    What do you mean by "designed to destroy your GPA"?
     
  11. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    That's not the schedule I experienced. If anything, 3 dig year was the roughest, academically, since it was no longer 100 level but still mostly core courses. My 4 dig year had one of the lighter schedules, and I was told that 1st Semester was intentionally scheduled light.
     
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    My experience with my other DS (not my USAFA grad) -- he went to state civilian university, then applied to med school via HPSP & USUHS. Didn't get into med school first try; worked a year in med related field and reapplied. Got into civilian med school but was waitlisted at USUHS (wanted AF slot) so he was HPSP. (he had a great recruiter to get HPSP -- a friend did not have such a great recruiter and it was pulling teeth to get the slot) He graduated from civilian med school and is now ADAF doctor. While at med school was a 2LT in reserves, med school completely paid for (and required books and allowance for medical equipment - think stethoscope, etc). While in med school he did the first part of the flight surgeon course and then while in residency completed the rest of the flight surgeon course. Has his flight surgeon wings but needs to complete his residency specialty commitment before he'll be released to Flight Surgeon slot. His commitment is 4 years -- covers the 4 years AF paid for his med school. Did an AF residency -- doesn't owe time for that, but it didn't count for his commitment. He did NOT go ROTC - would have had to compete for a med school spot similar to USAFA competition.