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    If i did medicine at uni how easy would it be to get sponsorship from the RAF, and how do I go about doing this? (I'm in Year 11 at the moment). Also does anyone know what kind of commitment in terms of length of service you must do, and also how easy it is to change back from RAF doctor to NHS?

    Sorry, a lot of questions I know! But if anyone could tell me something more than they say on their website it would be really helpful!

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    A lot of medical students get sponsored.
    Someone may wish to correct me but this is how I understand it:

    You apply for uni sponsorship - this is done via an AFCO and best done while in 6th form (I'm not sure if the do a medical 6FS?)
    If successful, for your first year you have a bursary (over £1000 per year, I think it is more for medics). You have to become part of your nearest UAS.
    You can then in your second year apply for a cadetship, which most medics get. You then get the rank of 'Pilot Officer' and become salaried to an effect. I' not sure if you rank increases, but I think your salary does.
    By time you have completed your degree you are on a good wage and will got to do the SERRE (Short Entrant/Re-Entrants) IOT (A shorter IOT than normal). On graduating, having held the rank of PO ot whatever for your time at uni while on a cadetship, you shortly become a Sqn Ldr on graduation and start getting lots of pay.

    I'm not sure about the NHS bit - suggest someone like MedicBex might know?! Try the medics forum as well. I don't know about the terms of service either... Basically i have told you kind of what goes on
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    I think the rank's Acting P/O
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    Go to see your AFCO now!

    They should get you to OASC sometime during your lower 6th year for a 6th form scholarship. I did this for medicine, didn't get a scholarship from the RAF though but It gives you an insight into the OASC proper.
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    Ah, thanks a lot guys, those replies helped - I think we can organise RAF careers interviews through our school so I will try and look into that - after asking on their website they also sent me some form where I can sign up for further information or somthing like that too!

    Thanks again, if I do get round to seeing someone I'll post here and let people know about it,

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    (Original post by GR4pilot)
    I think the rank's Acting P/O
    No it's Pilot Officer. There's a few kicking around the UAS system so I'm pretty au fait with cadetships and all!
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    Worry not about working in the NHS. Because of the decimation of the RAF Medical Services about 10 years ago, the only way we can keep our needs supplied is by running a near permanent exchange with the NHS. Both the Tri-Service hospitals, Haslar and Peterborough are mixed NHS/Military, in fact although Haslar was originally a military hospital, Peterborough is a 'bog' standard NHS hospital with some military wards as I understand it. Anyway, as an RAF Doc, some tours you will be as the SMO (Senior Medical Officer) on an RAF unit, other tours you will be in an (NHS) hospital. If you specialise as a surgeon etc I think you will effectively work in an NHS hospital, apart form the time you spend working in a tent in the desert. Basically the military and NHS medical services seem to mix and match, each filling in for the other where there are gaps in either service.
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    I'm really interested in going this route for medicine, and was wondering if there were any websites that could give me more information? If I get an offer, who do I go and speak to?
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    ps. i wear glasses (only for reading the board I have astigmatism and short sighted although it's not bad)
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    ps. i wear glasses (only for reading the board I have astigmatism and short sighted although it's not bad)
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    Your eyesight should not be an issue. The best thing to do is go and speak to your local careers office and chat with them. They can then give you the correct information and advice you on what you need to do to get a scolorship.
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    Is there anyone here or anyone someone knows who is currently at uni with an RAF scolarship for medicine? It'd just be interesting to talk to you!

    Oh I have glasses too, but that is only an issue if you want to be a pilot (actually you can be a commercial pilot with glasses). In other RAF jobs on their website they give you free flying lessons...does anyone know if this is the case with being a medic too? If so that would just be awsome!

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    Don't join the RAF, join the army, the AMS is a far bigger organisation and will probably give you a better career as a doctor.
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    Hmm, I guess I just was thinking about RAF over army because, well - I just prefer planes! Well I acknowledge that probably isn't the best thing to base a decision on, so what are the differences then between being a doctor in the army and RAF?

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    Are you sure you want to start an RAF vs Army debate? You'll regret it........
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    Why not be a doctor in the Navy. They have boats, planes and lots of other toys!
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    (Original post by GemmaLS)
    Are you sure you want to start an RAF vs Army debate? You'll regret it........
    Not a general debate no, just how being a doctor varies between the two services.

    Oh and as for the Navy - I hate swimming and I'm not to keen of boats too so I don't think it would be for me thanks!

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    Just think of it this way - most people look good in blue
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    There's not a great deal of difference between the doctors in the different forces, however the AMS is a far bigger organisation and you can get closer to the sharp end (if thats what you want). none of the silly blue uniform in the army (apart from no1 dress). I was mad on being an RAF/Navy doctor (until I failed to get in for medicine) and looking at, (largely) you are really a civilian in uniform being a doctor (NHS hospitals etc).

    Join the Infantry.
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    In general Docs in all 3 Services work as I mentioned above, in a very mixed Mil/Civ environment (over a whole career). You get more opportunities to specialise in aviation medicine in the RAF, not sure if there is a maritime medicine equivalent, if you are already dedicated to orthopedics then I suppose the Army with all their para/other field casualties might be a good!

    All 3 medical services are suffering from the same desperate shortages of manpower. It's a small and specialised area, whichever Service you choose, and I'm afraid the only detailed advice is likely to come from a serving Doc in each Service.

    On an only slightly relevant note, I know the Director of Army Medical Services and he is an excellent bloke who I wouldn't hesitate to work for. On the other hand, he'll be long gone by the time you finish your medical training!
 
 
 
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