Army doctor

Discussion in 'Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC' started by grimsdyke, Jan 16, 2007.

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  1. If I wanted to serve a tour in the army as a TA doctor, at what stage in my career would this become possible?

    Would it be possible to do it after F1 + F2, or only after training in one of the branches of medicine?

    Any thoughts much appreciated.
  2. Only when you've grown up and can be trusted to act never really :highfive:
  3. I've PM'd you.
  4. Not sure what DMTW has PM'd you, but in general terms:

    An MO in the TA is deployable in-role* once he or she has completed his/her pre-registration year and become an SHO (and has been commissioned, completed basic and officer training and received the rank of Captain). It's often difficult to do so at this time, however, as you have professional obligations that can be somewhat interrupted by a six-month tour. So as a general rule, MOs tend to deploy once they have registered a specialisation.

    That said, where an AMS TA unit deploys en masse, it has been historically possible to maintain professional development in a deployed role where a designated superior holds or takes over mentoring duties for the duration.

    The tone of your message implies that you aren't currently a member of the TA. Feel free to PM me if you'd like more information on your options for joining.


  5. I've been told I'm undeployable until I am a consultant. Is that because I wouldn't be a regimental MO, or because I won't have finished my civvie training?

    I ask because I do know colleagues who have deployed before finishing their training in the NHS.... although those that spring to mind are all regulars.

  6. Friendly Fire: That's interesting. Information regarding the regulars is more available - they do all serve in a military role before becoming consultants/GPs.
  7. Yeah, I've since found out more - it's largely because I am TA. The Army doesn't want my professional training to suffer by spending time in the sand just yet.

    Also, even if I was at a loose end for a few months, I'm not deployable as a surgeon until fully trained as one (obviously), so I'd have to go in another role if I did.

    Anyway, for me it's early days - haven't sat my Commissioning Board yet (next month).

  8. We're taking at least one SHO out with us, so it's certainly possible!