Medical Officer Specialty Training

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  1. Hi all,
    Hope this is in the right place and isn't too daft a question. I'm a first year medical student and since well before medical school I have been considering joining the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer. I've read up on some of the aspects of the training and the like, but one question I had was about specialty training; I appreciate that if one area is full then you presumably can't apply for that specialty, but what sort of specialties are available? I'm particularly interested in emergency medicine or surgery (orthopaedics or general) if that helps at all!

  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    What he said :)

    On a recruiting aspect, bearing in mind there re medical cadetships available for years 3,4 & 5, so it's worth applying this October onwards. If successful you can earn whilst you learn.

    From next month in year 3 you get all costs covered & earn £15,689, £17,583 year 4 and £19,486 in your final year at uni. PRMPS starts at £41,939.

    You can speak direct to the specialist recruiters in Portsmouth on 02392 727096. They may even be able to arrange an acquaint visit so you can speak one to one with serving subject matter experts. If you are really lucky, you may even meet angrydoc:cool:
  3. Ninja_Stoker, I am having a lot of difficulty getting precise info from my AFCO, and wonder if you could help?

    I am applying for my MO Cadetship at the moment. I have been delayed by 9 months due to a medical problem (Capita have been living up to their nickname), which I am likely to be cleared for this week.

    Now, due to the Capita delay, let's assume that I will not be able to complete my PJFT and SIFT interview until the end of August. My third year of medical school starts on September 1, and I will probably not attend AIB until October-November time, depending on the waiting times.

    My question is therefore: would the Royal Navy still pay for my tuition fees and salary, if I was accepted as a Surg Sub-Lt mid-way through my third year in October 2015? Would they backdate my salary to the September 2015 start date of my third year? Or would the cadetship only start from September 2016, when I start my 4th year?

    I started my application last year with an acquaint visit, and would be really frustrated if my 3rd year fees weren't paid in full due to a Capita mess up! I suspect I know the answer to this, but hope you're able to clear up my confusion.

    Many thanks in advance for your assistance.
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    So far as I'm aware, if you are selected for a medical cadetship, AIB can award it retrospectively within that calendar year .... If they select you. There is however no guarantee it will be retrospectively awarded, I imagine it depends on numbers applying, scores achieved and numbers required.
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  5. Thank you Ninja.

    Yes - lots of assumptions built in to my questions - not to get ahead of myself...!

    Hopefully it will turn out okay.
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Your best bet is to speak direct with your ACLO or the specialist medical recruiters for branch specific advice - 02392 727096.

    Best o'luck.

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