catherinebythackeray asked: Hi there! I just came across this blog looking at USUHS things. I'm an undergrad at UC Davis and I had a few questions for you: 1. If you feel comfortable saying, what was your MCAT score? 2. Do you think ROTC/military service is necessary? 3. What is your advice for prospective applicants in terms of how to prepare to apply? (And I'm sorry about not getting in to Davis's med school. But it is EXTREMELY competitive. And USUHS is awesome. So congrats!)
Hi there, my MCAT score was 32 (11, 10, 11). ROTC and prior military service is absolutely NOT essential as 2/3 of the class has no prior militry experience whatsoever. In terms of applying for USUHS, you have to have a genuine interest in military medicine and not just in the military’s money. It is not worth it if you are doing it purely for the money. Understand that physicians in the military do get deployed. If you are Navy like I am you can expect to move every 2-3 years (this is less for docs). An extreme example of an interview question that would test whether or not you were actually interested in military medicine is “would you shoot someone in order to defend your patient”?. I hope that helps. Good luck on applying and let me know if you have any other questions.