There are many threads on the medical school path from USNA. Search for them using the SAF search tool and also do an external Google search using the string:
Site:ww.serviceacademyforums.com medical school USNA
And, go to the USNA.edu pages on medical school, your primary source.
- The Navy gets the majority of its doctors from civilian medical schools. It can be done from USNA, but the path is very narrow. Successful candidates, as noted above, have to put together the pre-requisite courses and excel academically.
- Many who attend civilian medical schools take advantage of:
- Or attend civilian undergraduate, do the pre-med/engineering things you want, apply to the uniformed services medical school, get commissioned there and enter the armed services or Public Health Service:
- If you go the USNA route, you have to be clear you are committing to years and years of service far beyond the 5 years of obligated service required. USNA and medical school will each have their associated years of “payback time.” This payback counter does not start until after
the residency tests are completed. You have to be all in on being a military med corps officer.
- You can also attend USNA, enter another warfare community, and at a certain point, apply for lateral redesignation and transfer to the med corps and go to medical school. It is highly competitive to apply for that, and will work only if your current community can afford to lose you numbers-wise AND the Navy needs more doctors in your yeargroup. I had a submarine officer, a LT, work for me who went this way. He was an outstanding performer, blew away the MCAT, had taken after-hours refresher courses n life sciences, Chem, etc. He went off to medical school in his later 20s, after he had successfully obtained his submarine warfare pin and served a sea tour in subs. He understood the years of obligated service and ahead and was fully committed to military medicine.
- Way down the road, people can also complete their 5 years of obligated service, plus 36 months of additional service, separate from the Navy, and use their Post-9/11 GI Bill veteran educational benefit to attend medical school, and apply to return to the Navy or other service as a commissioned med corps officer. Another long road.
- Finally, if the Navy is paying, the choice of residencies available when it’s time to choose will be based on the needs of the Navy.
- Be sure you are 100% fine with going other paths out of USNA.