The Medical School Option
Up to 2% of each graduating class may enter medical school directly from West Point. Participants in this program must be endorsed by the USMA Medical Program Advisory Committee (MPAC) and gain admission to a medical school. The Chemistry and Life Science Department provides courses in organic chemistry, advanced biology, cell biology, human physiology, genetics, neuroscience and biochemistry that are important for those interested in medical school. The majority of premedical cadets select the Life Science Major.
Since the medical school program was introduced for the Class of 1979, ten to twenty members of each class have proceeded directly to various medical schools. A number have attended the Department of Defense Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU). While enrolled in USU, they draw pay and allowances as a second lieutenant. Tuition, equipment, and book costs are also paid by the U.S. Government. Those attending civilian medical schools receive financial support through the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). While in school, students serve in a reserve status. The scholarship pays tuition, books, fees, and a monthly stipend.
Cadets who do not enter medical school directly from the Academy may apply to USU or compete for a Health Professions Scholarship while on active duty. The number of USMA graduates who attend medical school following a period of active Army service approaches, or even exceeds, the number of those who go straight from USMA to medical school.
Photos courtesy of U.S. Army, Office of the Surgeon General