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Premedical students gain Army insight at AMSA Premed Fest

By Leanne Thomas 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion

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The U.S. Army 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion coordinated clinical skills training for over 200 premedical students during the American Medical Student Association’s Premed Fest at Texas A&M University Nov. 23-24.

 

During the event, students rotated through four workshops, led by U.S. Army health care professionals, to gain clinical skills in massive hemorrhage control, suturing, casting, and airway management.

 

“From our support here, I hope the students gain hands-on training in the medical fields that interest them, as well as more knowledge about the opportunities the Army has available… especially the Army’s Health Professions Scholarship Program,” said Army Sgt. Andrew Yosten, a combat medic and medical recruiter for the U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Station, Houston. “Most premed students don’t even know about this until they’re already applying for medical school when they see us on their interview days here at A&M. And that’s pretty far along in their schooling efforts.”

 

The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, the Army's Health Professions Scholarship Program, pays for tuition at the medical/dental school of choice, and most fees, books and incidentals, and provides a monthly stipend at any accredited school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

 

“That money is for the students, so they don’t have to worry about the financial aspect of going to medical school,” Yosten explained. “That way, they can focus more on their studies and become better students.”

 

The HPSP Program is not the only way the Army supports medical education. There are other financial assistance programs tailored for medical residents and practicing physicians such as the Specialized Training Assistance Program, and the Reserve Component Health Professions Loan Repayment Program.

 

“The earlier we can give them knowledge about these programs, the earlier they’ll be able to see just how great of an opportunity the Army has to offer them,” Yosten added.

 

For more information about medical careers in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, visit https://www.goarmy.com/amedd.