Enlisted to Physician Preparatory Program for Military
Updated | Robert Haynes
Enlisted to Physician Program Needs YOU!
There is a program that offers the opportunity for enlisted military personnel to start on their paths to becoming a physician. It is called the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2).
If you are…
an enlisted service member of our Armed Forces
even remotely interested in the medical field
looking for a way to advance your career
Then this program may be of interest to you.
The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program
The program is a partnership between the Uniformed Services University (USU), George Mason University, and the US Armed Forces. The EMPD2 program is 24-months long and enables highly qualified enlisted service members to complete the preparatory coursework for application to medical school while maintaining an active duty status!
The programs components include full-time coursework in a traditional classroom setting, structured pre-health advising, formal Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation, dedicated faculty and peer mentoring at USU, and integrated clinical exposure. Students who successfully complete the program would be competitive applicants to medical school.
Criteria/Requirements for Admission
EMDP2 candidates will be “service members who demonstrate integrity, are passionate about service in harm’s way, and are dedicated to becoming future clinicians, leaders and scholars of the nation’s medical force.”
Candidates must possess a baccalaureate or masters degree from an accredited academic institution, with a minimum 3.2 grade point average (GPA).
EMDP2 Application Guidelines
The application deadline for all services is 30 November 2020, so please do NOT sit on this. If you are even remotely interested, you should start preparing your application now. Check out these links to get the ball rolling:
If you have a unique situation regarding your SAT/ACT scores, contact the EMDP2 Office by writing to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service-Specific Application Requirements
Here are some links to the administrative messages published by each of the services. Please check the corresponding messages from your services to ensure that you meet their requirements for participation in EMDP2.
It is worth noting that the Coast Guard is not represented here. I’ve contacted the EMDP2 Program (at the email address above!) to determine the eligibility of their personnel to participate in the program. I will update this as soon as I get a response.
Online Information Sessions
The Uniformed Services University offers online information sessions on the new EMDP2 application process. Registration is prioritized for military members and Department of Defense civilian employees (including military contractors). There is a limit of one session per person. The next session is scheduled for October 15th, 2020 from 1500-1630. Additional sessions may be provided based on applicant demand. Register here for an online information session!
Make the Move
Opportunities like this one are not easy to find. I remember being a young enlisted soldier with two years in the Army, wondering what opportunities were out there. I had the chance to attend the West Point Prep School, but I turned it down for a lady. I could have applied to fly helicopters as a warrant officer, but I sat on my application between each deployment to Iraq. By the time I was motivated to do something, I was a senior NCO staring down retirement!
Take my advice. If becoming a doctor interests you, jump at this as soon as you can!
You have the information, now make your move. Good luck!
Robert Haynes is a retired Army infantryman who has a squad of kids and is married to an active duty Soldier. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who spent his last few years in the Army as a Drill Sergeant. He is now a full-time dad, freelance writer, and out-of-work comedian.