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Hi! So post grad life has changed my career plans from being a Doctor to a PA and honestly it's such a liberating feeling of not having to deal with the MCAT and residency. On the other hand, I don't know what my next steps should be since I made this decision very recently. Is there a specific program in the military (AF/Navy/Reserves?) where I can enter as an officer (I have a bachelor's in psychology and minor in sociology), get experience working in the hospital (in the pediatric ward if possible), then apply to PA school using those accrued hours as direct patient contact? And the number of X years I have to do in order to be able to get out of the military to pursue PA training? I would apply to PA school except I'm short on my PA pre-reqs since I've been doing pre-med pre-reqs all of undergrad, plus I didn't really get out there to work in a paid position that involves direct patient contact....and I haven't taken the GRE to boot. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but will my PA schooling, housing, etc be paid only if I get into a PA program prior to starting? Or is that a whole different program entirely dedicated for med and dental students? I know there's a lot to unpack here but if anyone could help me on how I should go about this, I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
I was given information from my financial aid office about applying for the Navy HSCP. For those of you who applied and/or were accepted into this program, are you glad that you did it? Are there any pros and cons you can report from your time in active duty? Pros and cons of practicing as a PA in the Navy, being an officer, or of your respective duty stations? I've read some posts about the salary, the acceptance rates, the fact that recruiters are hard to get in touch with, etc. etc. I'm actually surprised by the lack of communication from the recruiters - I am prior-enlisted in the Army and have been out of the military since 2008, and I cannot get the recruiters to leave me alone still! Please let me know any experiences and tips you are willing to share. Thank you!