Matching with the Military
Match Day comes early—in December—for those interested in working in military hospitals. In March, the NEOMED student group Future Military Physicians hosted five fourth-year students who had recently matched into military programs, allowing first- and second-year students to ask them questions.
Second-year student Nicholas Walther, who serves as co-president of the group, said, “For students like me, who have several years until it’s time to match, it was helpful to spend time with these five officers to gain insight and wisdom into what I need to do during the remainder of my time at NEOMED to ensure a successful match. They each shared that they were glad they challenged themselves during their third and fourth years at NEOMED. They felt that their education has prepared them to tackle whatever challenges face them during their residencies.’’
Walther, who has already sworn into the military, is a recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship Program, which covers all the costs of his tuition, exams and books. His obligation to the military is four years of reserve and four years of active duty. While Walther’s scholarship is provided by the government, scholarships provided by generous private donors and foundations open NEOMED’s doors to other deserving students.