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I'm new to the forum and am navigating my way around the site. Wanted to share a couple things about myself and hopefully get some help from more knowledgeable people. Basically, I am prior enlisted and am currently a nursing student. I am scheduled to graduate in May 09, and am in the military. I just heard that because I'm contracted with the military for the Nurse Corps, I can't do any kind of med school. I am very interested in furthering my education and although it might seem a bit early, I'd like to know what's out there. What I have also heard about is a program called DUINS. can anyone tell me more about that and any other options I may have to go to med school? Just curious about all my possibilities.
Congrats on your ambition.
I was prior enlisted. Then I did AFROTC and became an officer. Was not in nurse corps, but in closely related area. Am now BSN RN (NICU) and hold a Master's degree in Geriatrics.
Yes, you CAN do med school. If the military won't send you, do it yourself. You can ALWAYS get BACK in the military after medical school and they'll help pay off medical school. You can get there one way or another.
If I were in your shoes I'd go do the active duty nursing obligation and THEN turn around and go to medical school. Get into the RESERVES when you leave your RN active duty commitment. This will keep some money flowing and your "finger in the pie" so to speak.
WHILE on active duty as an RN take courses to bolster your medical school appeal. The heavy biochems, stats, maths....this will show the medical schools you apply to that you had this plan all along. It will also allow you to become a PA if you decide to go that route instead of med school.
Your medical experience gained as a nurse and OFFICER status will be your GOLDEN KEY to get you into medical school. It also gives you some age and wisdom - you won't be some "young kid". Being an officer in the military will also give you management and leadership experience. It also shows you care about your fellow Americans.
You CAN do it. No it isn't too early. Time flies when you're having fun!
Good luck and best to you.
PS: Age in getting into medical school is NOT the big issue it used to be. They know we are all going to make it to 100, so second careers as docs isn't so uncommon in the near future.