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    A little about myself; I'm a future medical student working on a finance plan for the 5 year degree. I'm currently studying comp sci. I'll be leaving university with £14,000 saved from my scholarship. My plan to earn the extra £23,000 so far is to work for 3 years postgraduation as a software engineer to save up tuition fees.

    I'll be able to fund the tuition fees but I'm a bit bazzled about living costs. People here have said you might be able to get another maintenance loan but there's no guarantee. However, I read on the GMC website that the British Army offers a £10,000 scholarship per year if you enlist for 6-8 years as an army medic. They also pay you more in the foundation years but I'd assume you'd do them at a military hospital.

    Does anyone here have any experiences of being an army medic? Do you work in military hospitals or do you work on the front line/warzones? Are army medics in any real danger?
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    Why are you trying so hard to fund your degree? You don't want to take the student loan?
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    Why are you trying so hard to fund your degree? You don't want to take the student loan?
    I'm just worried I won't get another maintenance loan so I'm coming up with an alternative plan. Tbh, I don't even know if I'd like being in the armed forces. I might join the University Officer Training Corps next semester to try it out.
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    I'm just worried I won't get another maintenance loan so I'm coming up with an alternative plan. Tbh, I don't even know if I'd like being in the armed forces. I might join the University Officer Training Corps next semester to try it out.
    You will get a maintenace loan, just not a tuition fee loan.
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    (Original post by rickyrossman)
    A little about myself; I'm a future medical student working on a finance plan for the 5 year degree. I'm currently studying comp sci. I'll be leaving university with £14,000 saved from my scholarship. My plan to earn the extra £23,000 so far is to work for 3 years postgraduation as a software engineer to save up tuition fees.

    I'll be able to fund the tuition fees but I'm a bit bazzled about living costs. People here have said you might be able to get another maintenance loan but there's no guarantee. However, I read on the GMC website that the British Army offers a £10,000 scholarship per year if you enlist for 6-8 years as an army medic. They also pay you more in the foundation years but I'd assume you'd do them at a military hospital.

    Does anyone here have any experiences of being an army medic? Do you work in military hospitals or do you work on the front line/warzones? Are army medics in any real danger?
    We don't have any military hospitals anymore, so you'll probably do your foundation years at a hospital with a MDHU.

    I would imagine bursarships/cadetships are pretty competitive so I wouldn't rely on them to finance a 5 year degree.

    Just be aware that you'll have to do a couple of years as a GDMO after your foundation years, so you'll be 2-3 years behind people you graduate with. You probably won't be regularly going on patrols with the infantry but you might be in a medical regiment that would operate in a war zone.
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    Don't join the Army just because you want to save money.

    Join the Army because you want to serve in the Army. It's not a job; it's a lifestyle, and it's not something to be picked lightly.
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    We don't have any military hospitals anymore, so you'll probably do your foundation years at a hospital with a MDHU.

    I would imagine bursarships/cadetships are pretty competitive so I wouldn't rely on them to finance a 5 year degree.

    Just be aware that you'll have to do a couple of years as a GDMO after your foundation years, so you'll be 2-3 years behind people you graduate with. You probably won't be regularly going on patrols with the infantry but you might be in a medical regiment that would operate in a war zone.
    So are MDHUs wards in normal hospitals or are they separate all together? When you say 2-3 years behind is that because I'd have to delay my speciality training after the foundation years?
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    So are MDHUs wards in normal hospitals or are they separate all together? When you say 2-3 years behind is that because I'd have to delay my speciality training after the foundation years?
    From what I understand MDHUs are integrated with their parent hospitals.

    Yes, you'll be behind because you'll have to do a couple of years of general duties before you start specialty training.

    You'll also be limited in what you can specialise in, and even if the army offer a specialty you are interested in whether you can get it or not is down to the needs of the service.
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    Military funding should not be an option unless you actually want to serve in the military.
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    (Original post by wl1)
    From what I understand MDHUs are integrated with their parent hospitals.

    Yes, you'll be behind because you'll have to do a couple of years of general duties before you start specialty training.

    You'll also be limited in what you can specialise in, and even if the army offer a specialty you are interested in whether you can get it or not is down to the needs of the service.
    Quite late a response yes, but I'm still interested in this.

    Tbh I don't mind being behind. When I start my medical degree I'll already be like 5-10 years behind my peer group from school haha.

    You're right military hospitals don't exist anymore. They have small departments dedicated to servicemen in big hospitals like queen elizabeth hospital in birmingham.

    I've read more about being an army doctor but I can't find any information on how competitive the scholarship is.

    Online it says you can specialise in:
    "Medical qualifications dependent on your specialism (GP, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Resuscitation, General Surgery, General Medicine, Psychiatry, Pathology, Radiology, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine or Public Health)."

    I wouldn't mind doing any of them apart from pathology.
 
 
 

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