No Debt After Medical School – Namrata Nagarajan

Full-tuition to medical school? Is that not the dream of every pre-medical student? The first step is to get accepted into medical school, and the second step is to worry about financial aid. In today’s modern world, medical students with M.D. /D.O. degrees often graduate with hundreds of thousands in debt. However, at AMSA’s recent meeting, I learned of an opportunity where I can be debt-free as a medical student while at the same time serve my country. And this opportunity is the Health Profession Scholarship Program. In this scholarship, 4-years of medical school are paid for by the US Army, including a stipend of almost $20,000. In return, the medical student has to complete residency at an army-based school and should also serve active duty time for a minimum of three years. This opportunity truly opened my eyes because I was not at all aware of this scholarship. I have heard the US Army gives financial aid to their medical students, however I was not aware that full-tuition worth almost half a million is all paid for. In fact, because of AMSA’s recent meeting, I learned of a significant and important opportunity where I do not worry about being in debit after medical school, while at the same time given an opportunity where I can serve my country in a profession that I am truly passionate about. It is opportunities like these that help me extend my connections, and also helps me truly pursue medicine with no worry of the financial burden that is almost inevitable for any medical school student.

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