Medical Resident Program
For medical residents, the Financial Assistance Program (FAP) includes an annual grant of $45,000, a monthly stipend of more than $2,300, reimbursement for required books, equipment and supplies and payment of any required tuition.
Application Process Checklist
Get accepted to a civilian residency program.
Determine if you are eligible to join the Military.
Contact a recruiter to apply.
Your recruiter will schedule a preliminary interview.
Your recruiter will schedule a physical examination for you via a Military Entrance Processing Station or the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board.
What to Expect in Your Residency
As a resident in FAP, you will be a member of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). While in the IRR, you do not wear a uniform and you will not be pulled away from medical training for deployments. In exchange, you will need to participate in one 14-day annual training period for every year you spend in the program. During your annual training, you will be considered an active-duty officer, and you will receive pay and benefits equal to those of a captain in the Army.
Day in the life
John Trentini shows the fast-paced nature of emergency medicine during his shift at a civilian hospital.
When you are finished with your residency, you will receive military orientation and serve as an active-duty physician in your field of specialty. The active-duty service obligation for FAP is two years for the first year and then year for year thereafter.