February 10, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
The Royal Navy pays your tuition fees along with a salary during your last three years of medical school. As a Medical Cadet you would be required to join the Royal Navy on a Short Commission of 6 years. This commences from the date of your full General Medical Council registration
Prospective medical officers will have to attend an interview board. This is a two-day session, which includes a formal interview. In addition all interviewees are also required to complete an array of assorted mental and physical tasks.
Medical officers undergo a seven-week intensive training period at a Royal Naval College. The training is rigorous and requires an above-mediocre level of fitness beforehand.
Undergraduate medical students can apply for a University Bursary of £3000 a year from the RAF. The RAF approves a bursary for 2 years of study, which is during the 2nd and 3rd years of an undergraduate course or the 1st, 2nd and 4th years of an accelerated graduate course.
In the final 2 years of the program, you can apply for a University Cadetship of about £14,982 – £16,822 a year. In the last 2 years of the program you also receive financial help towards your tuition fees and a book allowance.
In return for this financial help, you have to sign a contract agreeing to become a member of the University Air Squadron and then to join the RAF once you have completed the General Medical Council registration. As a member of the University Air Squadron you will experience the RAF first-hand and have free flying lessons
Only UK citizens who are within three years of graduating from a UK medical school are eligible to apply for an Army Undergraduate Cadetship. If your application is approved, the Army will pay your tuition fees and an annual salary of around £14,515 for the last three years of your medical program. Once you are fully registered as a doctor, you must agree to serve for six years on a Short Commission. As a Medical Cadets you will also have the opportunity to do your electives and attachments at Army medical units either in the UK or overseas.