Day in the life
Surgeon Sara Burdash explains how she strikes a balance between her civilian job and military duties.
Medical and Dental Student Stipend Program (MDSSP)
The MDSSP offers over $2,000 a month in exchange for a service obligation in the Army Reserve. The service obligation is one year of service for every six months you accept the stipend. To apply, you must be accepted into an accredited physician of medicine or physician of osteopathy degree program.
Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP)
For those who have been accepted into an accredited residency program, STRAP offers a stipend of more than $2,000 a month in exchange for one year of Army Reserve drilling for every six months that you receive the stipend.
Part-Time Service Options
By serving part time in the Army, medical students and residents can participate in stipend programs that can help pay for their schooling. Regardless of where you are in your training, serving in the Army Reserve can provide you with invaluable experience and other benefits.
What to Expect If You Serve Part Time
If you join the Army part time during medical school or residency, you will be commissioned and trained as an officer, and you will be expected to drill one weekend a month and two full weeks during the year. Drilling consists of training in your military medical duties as a physician. However, you will not be pulled away from medical training for deployments during your schooling, and you can participate in a flexible training program that allows you to balance your regular drill with your training.