A career in...
Life as a medical student and doctor in the military
- By: Richard Thorley
For many students, working in the military will not be the first career choice that comes to mind. War zones don’t sound like environments conducive to providing great healthcare. Nevertheless, the British military employs more than 7000 medical staff—at least 700 of whom are doctors—and over 200 UK medical students, who have their tuition fees paid in addition to receiving a salary as a medical cadet.1 So what is it really like to be a doctor and medical student in the armed forces?
As a student you have the opportunity to join any of the three armed forces: the Army, Royal Navy, or Royal Air Force (RAF). In addition to funding much of their undergraduate education, a career in the military offers doctors the opportunity to work as part of a close-knit team in some of the world’s most challenging environments. A submarine or helicopter as a workplace is not