FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy is seeking five enlisted Sailors for its 2017 enlisted to medical degree preparatory program (EMDP2) cohort at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science (USUHS) beginning September 2016.
EMDP2 is a two-year program for academically-promising enlisted service members to complete preparatory coursework making them competitive medical school applicants.
"This program is an opportunity for any enlisted Sailor, regardless of rate or specialty, to enter the medical field" said Lt. Cmdr. Jami Peterson, Navy and Marine Corps EMDP2 board president. "We're looking forward to seeing more qualified candidates apply this year."
The program convened in 2014 with a class of five Soldiers and five Airmen. In 2016, the program welcomed its first cohort of Sailors and Marines.
The application deadline is Nov. 1 and the selection board will convene in December 2016.
EMDP2 is a partnership between USUHS and the armed services. It is a 24-month, full-time academic program that includes intensive coursework, preparation, and mentoring for the student's medical school application. Once students complete the program, they are eligible to compete for entrance into USUHS or any civilian medical school in the United States. Students are not guaranteed admission or commission upon successful completion of the program.
The program is open to all enlisted Sailors with less than 10 years of service. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four year university. International bachelor degrees are accepted only if the applicant has a master's degree obtained in the United States or Canada. Applicants must also be citizens and Sailors of good standing with no record of court-martial conviction, nonjudicial punishment, or civilian felony charges. For a full list of application requirements, reference NAVADMIN 202/16 at www.usuhs.edu/emdp2, www.med.navy.mil/ or www.public.navy.mil.
The selection process is a collaborative approach between the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and USUHS. Applications are vetted through a Navy and Marine Corps candidate selection board at BUMED, which carefully reviews each packet and applicant. Upon review, the BUMED EMDP2 candidate selection board recommends the top candidates to USUHS, which ultimately determines who is accepted for the program. The applicants will remain on active duty while pursuing an undergraduate medical certificate at George Mason University-Prince William Campus in Manassas, Virginia. Pay and benefits at current pay grade will still be allotted and all educational expenses including tuition and books are paid for by the program.
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