About

I am a 2012 graduate from the College of William and Mary with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Mathematics. With a proclivity to psychiatry, I joined the Child Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health for a two-year Post-baccalaureate clinical research fellowship.

After Commissioned Officer Training in July, I will be attending the Uniformed Services University the next four years to become a military medical doctor (from 2nd Lieutenant to Captain when I graduate). I figured that blogging would be an interesting opportunity to share how a non-prior military female transitions into military medicine, and on the plus side, it’s the perfect way to communicate with my friends and family. I am particularly interested in mental wellness and philosophies of life, so you will see quotes sprinkled throughout my posts that I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

6 thoughts on “About

  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).

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