The Medical School Option
Immediately following graduation, up to 2% of each USMA class may proceed directly to medical school. Those desiring to enter this program must first be endorsed by USMA and then must seek and gain admission to a medical school. The Chemistry and Life Science Department provides courses in organic chemistry, cell biology, human physiology, genetics, and biochemistry that are important for those interested in medical school. Such cadets usually select either the Chemistry Major or Life Science Major.
Since the medical school program was introduced for the Class of 1979, ten to twenty members of each class have proceeded directly to various medical schools. A number of these have attended the Department of Defense Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). While enrolled in USUHS, they draw the normal pay and allowances as a second lieutenant. Tuition, equipment, and book costs are paid by the US Government. Those not attending USUHS must receive financial support through the Army Health Profession Scholarship Program (HPSP). Such students attend a civilian medical school in a reserve status. The scholarship pays tuition, books, fees, and a monthly stipend.
Cadets not selected to the above programs may compete with other soldiers for USUHS or a Health Profession Scholarship while on active duty. The number of USMA graduates who are able to attend medical school after some active Army service approaches or even exceeds the numbers who go directly from USMA to medical school.
Photos courtesy of U.S. Army, Office of the Surgeon General