Sailor and Doctor
The Navy is offering a new opportunity to enlisted Sailors interested in becoming a doctor in the Medical Corps. Eligible Sailors may pursue a medical degree through the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.
EMDP2 is a partnership between USUHS and the armed services. It is comprised of a 24-month, full-time post-baccalaureate academic program that includes intensive coursework, preparation, and mentoring for students' medical school applications. It is the first program of its kind to provide enlisted Sailors a path to medical school and a commission in the Navy Medical Corps while remaining on active duty.
The program began in 2014 with a class of five Soldiers and five Airmen. In 2015 the program announced the first Marine Corps selectees and, in 2016, it welcomed its first cohort of Sailors.
EMDP2 is open to all enlisted Sailors of any rating with less than 10 years of service. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university and be in good standing with no record of court-martial convictions, non-judicial punishment, or civilian felony charges.
Sailors who are selected remain on active duty while pursuing undergraduate and graduate pre-medical certificates at George Mason University's Science and Technology campus in Manassas, Virginia. Allotted pay and benefits at current pay grade continue and all educational expenses, including tuition and books, are paid for by the program.