COT Physical Fitness Training Update

Hey everyone! You may have already read my other posts on physical fitness training at COT, and how to prepare. I think it’s important to mention that there has been a shift in how the initial PT test is treated. Several years ago, if you failed the “diagnostic” PT test that you take at the beginning of COT, you might

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Eligibility criteria for HPSP

A reader recently asked me whether she would be a candidate for the Air Force’s Health Professions Scholarship Program. She is an American citizen attending medical school in the Caribbean. So, today’s post is short, sweet, and to the point. The eligibility criteria for the Air Force’s Health Professions Scholarship Program are: Age 36 or younger on receipt of the

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Understanding Civilian Sponsored Residency

I have gotten a few questions recently about civilian sponsored residency, so today ¬†I would like to take a few minutes to explain what civilian sponsored residency means. For those who aren’t familiar with how the military match works, please check out this post for some more information. Essentially, if you participate in the military match, you can be assigned

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Where to buy Air Force Uniforms for COT

You have a lot of options when it comes to buying uniforms for Air Force Commissioned Officer Training (COT). One option, of course, is to just show up to COT with an empty suitcase and a credit card with about $2k of available credit. The instructors at COT will make sure you get the right stuff, in the right amount,

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What to Expect at Commissioned Officer Training

Now that you have heard a bit about COT in a previous post, let’s talk about what to expect. Please keep in mind that this information is from 2011. When I attended, they were really making a big effort to “toughen up” COT and make it more like the main OTS course. This included more yelling, room inspections, etc. I

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What is Air Force Commissioned Officer Training, aka COT?

One of the aspects of the health professions scholarship program (HPSP) that seems to provoke the most anxiety in future military doctors is initial entry training – for the Air Force, Commissioned Officer Training, or COT. Of course, the Army and the Navy have similar training programs, but as an Air Force HPSP recipient, I can’t personally speak to those

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The Air Force Physical Fitness Test, and how to prepare for COT PT

I have had a few messages recently from people who have received a Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship, or another form of military funding, and are wondering how to prepare for the physical demands of military initial entry training. As an Air Force HPSP recipient, I can really only speak in detail to the Air Force’s Commissioned Office Training,

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Congratulations, graduating medical students!

Congratulations to everyone who matched in the military match. I understand that the MODS website went down, which I’m sure added a bit of extra anxiety to the day. I hope the match went well for everyone, and that you are all off to exciting new places next year. Now, I’m going to ask you for something. Please, now that

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Air Force HPSP Q&A

I recently received these questions about AFHPSP in an email from a reader, and while each of these topics has been addressed before, it appears that there is still some confusion on a few of these points. So, without further ado, some reason questions and my answers: Question: Can the Air Force put you into a residency program that you

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Can civilian students apply to Air Force residencies?

Recently, I have had a few people ask me about whether civilian students, without a military scholarship contract or obligation, can apply to Air Force¬†residencies. The short answer is yes, under certain circumstances you can. The long answer is that, like everything else in the military and in graduate medical education, it’s complicated. You can find the official memorandum on

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