Becoming a doctor with the navy!

jdc0llins

Newbie
Hey guys, I'm applying to be a medical assistant (submariner) and I was wondering how you would go about training to be a doctor within the navy from that role? Is it just a case of moving up in the ranks and getting more training? Or would I have to re apply for something else?

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wave_dodger

MIA
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Hey guys, I'm applying to be a medical assistant (submariner) and I was wondering how you would go about training to be a doctor within the navy from that role? Is it just a case of moving up in the ranks and getting more training? Or would I have to re apply for something else?
I don't believe there is an acknowledged route from MA to Doctor. Being an MA will clearly give you a foundation in medical knowledge and treatment but only in a relatively narrow area. A Doctors training is far more in-depth and significantly longer, even before you consider specialising in a particular modality.

Initial Doctor training is degree based, over 4-5 years, you might get sponsorship/cadet ship to do that but I would imagine you would have to have been accepted via AIB for Officer entry first. The only person who I can think of doing similar was an Army ED Nurse who left and rejoined as an Doctor after her 2nd year in medical school.

@Ninja_Stoker or Angry Doc will have a better idea.
 

jdc0llins

Newbie
Ah okay that makes a lot of sense! Basically what I would love to do is train as a doctor during my time with the navy, I recognise that means going to university, and I'd be more than happy for that. It's more so I have an idea as to what the best way to go about it would be!

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You can't. There are a couple of MAs who've gone MO, but the only route is: MA -> civvy -> MO. You can get a cadetship (and a job as a MO) from your 3rd year, but you'll be a civvy (or reservist) in years 1&2.
 

jdc0llins

Newbie
Even that's fine! just means I'd get 5 ish years of experience before going to med school, in which I could work on my qualifications and entry route! Next question. Excluding the monetary difference, is it better to go submariner or surface fleet as an MA? For experience, promotion prospects ect.?

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MG Maniac

War Hero
@MG Maniac any thoughts of medic to quack
As Ninja and Alfred the Great said ... join as an MA ... leave the service and get trained ... then come back in as an MO. My understanding would be if the OP doesn't meet the required entry level quals to get into Med School then would need to plan in getting them whilst working the required return of service in the RN - not sure what the break point would be?

Assuming that the OP successfully left the RN as an MA then completed Medical School (3 yrs) then it would be back to the drawing board as to joining as an MO and presumably would have to start again from scratch. I bow to NS and ATG superior knowledge re cadetship in 3rd year at uni and if this would lead to re-entry to complete the required 2 yrs as a House Officer. As already said ... allegedly it has been done but very infrequently and in 22 yrs in I never met an MO who used to be an MA! But don't let that stand in your way .. go for it and the very best of luck!
 
As Ninja and Alfred the Great said ... join as an MA ... leave the service and get trained ... then come back in as an MO. My understanding would be if the OP doesn't meet the required entry level quals to get into Med School then would need to plan in getting them whilst working the required return of service in the RN - not sure what the break point would be?

Assuming that the OP successfully left the RN as an MA then completed Medical School (3 yrs) then it would be back to the drawing board as to joining as an MO and presumably would have to start again from scratch. I bow to NS and ATG superior knowledge re cadetship in 3rd year at uni and if this would lead to re-entry to complete the required 2 yrs as a House Officer. As already said ... allegedly it has been done but very infrequently and in 22 yrs in I never met an MO who used to be an MA! But don't let that stand in your way .. go for it and the very best of luck!
only because I've just been a DO to two Medical Officers, but some clarity:

Med School is 5 years, then 2 years as a Foundation Trainee (F1 and F2), then General Medical Duties for 24 months (i.e. a MO on a ship or in a Commando Unit) and then Core and Specialist training. The RN has very few slots for Core/Specialist training (less than the number of MOs it recruits), and tilted mainly towards trauma (EM and surgery), general practice and some other randoms.
 
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