RN paying for medical school?

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  1. Hello,

    I am about to start a 1 year access to medicine course as a 23 year old with a degree in business. After my 1 year course I hope to start at a 5 year medicine program. I would love to serve in the RN as a physician, and would also love to receive as many financial benefits as possible during my education. A couple of questions:

    1. How could I receive the most aid from the RN during next year at the access course and during the undergraduate medical degree? How much pay back would this entail?

    2. Would I likely be stationed on a ship as a junior doctor in the navy? Or on land somewhere? How does training/pay compare to that of a civilian?

  2. Sorry StixJim! Great minds think alike and so on .....................
  3. I can attempt to answer some of this despite being a *cough* reservist.

    There are a number of medical cadetships available - these are quite competitive but would pay you for the last three years of medical school (in times past people couldn't be commissioned as a Surg S/Lt until past 2nd MB ie. the end of 2nd year). Unfortunately I don't know what the return of service would be, but at a guess it will be at least a full SCC. Also, I believe your return of service doesn't start until you are fully registered with the GMC.

    General Duties can take you pretty much anywhere the RN goes, including with 3 Cdo Bde. Specialist training takes place in the NHS, alongside civilians, although there are moves afoot to centralise military trainees in 5 deaneries, West Mids & Wessex being among these. Military NTNs are separate from civvy NTNs but are on the same rotations.

    I am sure Angry_doc will be along to correct me in a minute :p

    Edit: Oh yes - joining the URNU/RNR wouldn't do any harm, though the RNR Medical Branch isn't currently open to doctors below StR3/SpR level


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