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Armed Forces Medical Cadetship - A possibility for graduate entry medics? watch

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    I am currently a 1st year BSc Psychology undergraduate at the University of Exeter - I was very interested in Psychology before coming to university, and still am .. although since being here, I have realised that I am for more interested in the biological, anatomical functioning of the body (particularly the brain and nervous system) as opposed to cognitive processes.

    It's a long time away yet, but I was intending on applying for graduate entry medicine upon graduation of my Psychology degree. However, I do have a few questions that I hope some might be able to help me with.

    First of all, I was looking into the armed forces cadetship, and the only information I can find refers to being funded for the last three years of an undergraduate medical degree, and then doing the FY1, FY2, etc training in the army before joining the army as a medic of some description. But what about graduate entry? Is there any way of signing up for a cadetship in this instance - because the structure of the final three years is essentially the same as the 5/6 year route, right? However the NHS pays for the final three years of tuition fees normally, so what would happen there?

    Also, with regards to the specialisation training whilst in the army, is it limited to only specific ones which relate to the army? i.e. trauma, A&E, etc .. because I had a strong interest in Neurology but I wasn't sure if I could be training in this area within the Army.

    Finally (you'll be glad to hear!), since I want to join the cadetship upon the final 3 years of my (hopeful) Grad entry med degree, is there any funding I could get now in my current degree? i.e. "Hi, I'm doing a psych degree, but after this I'm going to do a medical degree and join the army - money please?"

    Thanks for reading and any help is appreciated
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    Pretty vague yet specialist questions there. Either contact the Careers Office or perhaps have a look here:

    http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewforum/f=82.html

    That may be of some assistance as the posters there are more familiar with the specialist world you ask of.
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    Hi and thanks for the reply,

    Yeah I've had a look through the ARRSE website and have even submitted a couple of threads myself about this, but to no avail ... I guess I will have to get in touch with someone directly; either through the careers office or otherwise.
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    Definitely a question for the Army recruiters, as it's a very specific one. However, I hope you'll pardon me if I point out that this looks a bit like "hey, I fancy being a neurologist, and that Army cadetship looks like a good way to get all my training paid for, especially if it means I can get some free money for my psychology degree first!"

    Do you actually want to be in the Army, with all that entails? If not, trust me, it's not worth it. If you do, you'll find there's opportunity for all sorts of specialisation but not everything, and not many slots in a lot of them. There'll almost certainly be a requirement for at least one or 2 neurologists in the Army's medical side of things.
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    Hi Wzz, I can definately understand where you're coming from - but I can assure you that I always wanted to join the Army as an officer after my degree (albeit, as a regular infantryman) but upon deciding to go into medicine and become a doctor, I started looking into all of my possibilities - and the cadetship seemed to give me the best of both worlds. You are right about me wanting to have some additional cash for the Psychology degree, however :P
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    Check out the RAMC recruitment page on the Army web site and give the recruiting team there a call. Your questions are a bit too specialised to get a decent answer out of a careers office.

    There is in principle no reason why you could not apply for a bursary for your current degree. However that would commit you to joining the Army , and I dont know how they would handle it if you then said you wanted to do another degree in medicine. Some students get normal bursaries for their first two years at med school and then get cadetships from year three onwards.

    Have you looked at joining the OTC or a local TA field hospital unit to get some experience. If you get a bursary you will have to join the OTC anyway.
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    Dear Jake,

    I see this post is from 5 years ago, but I have had the same idea, and been looking for information. Have you found out anything at all about this armed forces route into medicine for postgraduates? I have a BSc in biomedical science, from uni of sussex.

    Would be awesome to hear back from you!

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    Just saw all the comments below your post, but let me know if you found out anything
 
 
 
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