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  1. Hi, 

    I am currently a senior at James Madison University, and beginning the application process to PA schools after my gap year. I have heard many of things about the HSCP, but I do have some questions and concerns. My original plan is to be a private practicing PA, that is not associated with the military; however, given certain financial circumstances, the HSCP sounds most realistic for me to be able to afford PA school and living expenses. I am not sure what the "catch" is with the program or what the 3 years of serving in the military as a PA will entail. Would I be able to serve my 3 years as a military PA and then venture easily into the private sector? If you have any advice or recommendations, I would appreciate any help! 

    Thank you!

  2. Attempt? Sure they'll "attempt" to put you geographically close together. But at the end of the day it's "needs of the Navy" so no promises.
  3. I was a direct accession PA and I've gotten my first choice both times I've selected orders. Of course the first time I picked orders we were critically undermanned and the second time I requested an FMF billet so that probably helped ;)
  4. Do you have questions specific to Camp Lejeune/2nd MARDIV or FMF billets in general? I'm currently with 3D MARDIV.
  5. Metallicat

    Naval HSCP

    I'm satisfied with my scope of practice. Otherwise I wouldn't be staying in. The Navy has fellowships in Emergency Med and Ortho you can apply for. PAs are starting fill flight surgeon billets too. Working in Family Med you are going to see Peds too. Operationally there are billets with the Marines, Special Warfare and Carriers. Being in a Infantry Battalion currently, I do have to protect against some skill atrophy as I see a lot of the same things over and over (back pain, knee pain, and ankle pain).
  6. Metallicat

    Naval HSCP

    I went through the HPSP program and have no regrets. My three year obligation is up and I've agreed to a minimum of four more.
  7. I do know one PA in the Navy that went to a bachelors PA program and came in as an Ensign. According to her there was one other PA in the Navy in the same situation.
  8. Last I checked the Navy only accepted enlisted members as IPAP applicants. I believe the Army takes Officer applicants but don't quote me on it. No clue about the Air Force. If I had to do it over again I would have enlisted before going to PA school for a variety of reasons. As it is, I got accepted to a civilian program and got picked up for the Navy's HPSP scholarship.
  9. Did you get a CK? Rhabdo can be caused by viral illness and Hx of myalgias, tachycardia, abdominal pain etc could all be symptoms of Rhabdo. Blood in the UA/Dark colored urine would have further supported this, but still...could explain the elevated LFTs as well.
  10. Yeah, I went to ODS with the IPAP students that graduated in 2010 and a large number(almost all maybe) of them went straight to FMF billets. However I think every single Direct Accession we were with went to a shore billet. That being said, I think everyone of us deployed within 12 months.
  11. Yeah, I went to ODS with the IPAP students that graduated in 2010 and a large number(almost all maybe) of them went straight to FMF billets. However I think every single Direct Accession we were with went to a shore billet. That being said, I think everyone of us deployed within 12 months.
  12. Yeah, now I'm tracking what you're saying. Life is good. Just busy right now trying to get everything squared away for the up coming move. Talked to the guy I'm replacing today. Sounds like it should be a good albeit busy tour. Are you applying for one the DUINS spots?
  13. The only thing that I've seen is that you have to be "eligible to PCS" and that "exceptions are made at 24 months on a case by case basis". I know one person who left an operational billet in Hawaii early to go to the Ortho Fellowship. Probably just came down to timing/she is a rock star. Making someone wait until they are back CONUS for 24 months doesn't make sense. Making them fulfill the entire overseas tour does (i.e., you have to wait until the second year of a 3 year tour to apply so that the timing works out for you to PCS back at the end of the tour)
  14. Depending on how many applicants there are I would plan on needing to apply during your second tour. If the DUINS board is deciding between you(someone in his first tour-likely a shore billet) and others who have a few years under their belt, been on deployment(s), served in operational billets etc, who do you think is going to get selected? I'm finishing up my first tour (shore command) and going to an operational billet. I'm going to apply during my time at my next command and hopefully get picked up. If I tried to tell you how competitive they are I would be making stuff up. I heard there w
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