Blogging is an interesting opportunity to share how a non-prior service female transitions into military medicine. I am a 2012 graduate from the College of William and Mary, spent two years doing research at the NIH prior to medical school, and graduated with the Class of 2018 from Uniformed Services University to become a military medical doctor. Current Air Force Captain and Family Medicine Resident.

I am particularly interested in mental wellness and philosophies of life, so you might find I get introspective from time to time. The views expressed on this blog are solely my own and should not be attributed to views of the military or the government.

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  1. Thank you for the detailed explanations of training school. I hope to join soon, so it’s nice to know a little bit more about what to expect.

  2. I am curious- how did your original process start? After you did your undergraduate you applied for med school and the HPSP at the same time? I am finishing my undergraduate and considering doing COT already. I am starting to read about HPSP and would prefer to go that route.

    • Mhmm that would be an excellent future blog post idea to lay out HPSP vs. USUHS (because I really considered both). Long story short for HPSP, you need to figure out who the Air Force recruiter is for your area (or Army/Navy/whatever branch if you are considering others). They will run you through all the paperwork to apply for the HPSP scholarship. Meanwhile, you will be applying for medical school. Even if you qualify for the HPSP scholarship, you don’t officially get it until you show a medical school acceptance letter. It’s a great deal! Typically you would be applying for a 4-year scholarship, but some who apply while in medical school get a 3-year scholarship [but note that you will owe more than 3 years if your residency is more than 3 years]. Please let me know if you have any more questions!

  3. Great blog about the COT!
    Question though – what is the difference between the contract paperwork and the oath paperwork? Are those two separate set of documents that you have to sign?
    Upon completion of said paperworks, does it mean that you are already a commissioned officer?

    • To my understanding, the signing of the oath is your official day of commission. I honestly can’t remember what the contract paperwork entailed…there was quite a lot and came from many directions (background check, USUHS, COT, and my HPSP recruiter when I was applying for that). It’s a unique opportunity to be an officer during training and is only for specialized fields (doctors, dentists, lawyers, chaplains, psychologists).

  4. Thank you for your insight and open thoughts on your experiences at USUHS (COT, rotations etc). I appreciate the candid look at what a potential future may look like for me.

  5. I have a upcoming COT on October. just quick questions on OTSMAN test and CWT. what are the formats(MC or short essay types) of these tests, number of questions and time management, etc? It will be appreciated if you can share these pieces of information since I am getting anxious. Thanks.

    • Hello! The OTSMAN is entirely multiple choice if I remember correctly and straight from the book. You’ll be spending all your spare time standing in place reading it, and the content makes much more sense in context of being at COT. Most people score 100% or 1-2 questions wrong (only 20-50 questions… solid range I know, but I’m now 4 years out with poor memory for these details). I don’t remember the CWT (I’m assuming that is the exam that was later and based on lecture material?) – I believe it was also multiple choice… at least for the most part. Everybody gets a couple wrong on that but it’s mostly straightforward as well.

      Try your best to just absorb the information that you can! Even knowing this much before starting is going above and beyond 🙂

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