Can I go to AFC Harrogate and do training which will allow me to train to be a doctor later on?

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but I am currently thinking of going to AFC Harrogate and in the future either be a combat medical technician or something medical (even though I'm too young right now) but is there any way that I can go there and afterwards continue on my path to becoming a doctor in the army? Thanks.
 

Dreamseller

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Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but I am currently thinking of going to AFC Harrogate and in the future either be a combat medical technician or something medical (even though I'm too young right now) but is there any way that I can go there and afterwards continue on my path to becoming a doctor in the army? Thanks.
You may find that if you want to become a doctor, it may be better you train as one first, then apply to commission into the army as one.
 

Dwarf

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Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but I am currently thinking of going to AFC Harrogate and in the future either be a combat medical technician or something medical (even though I'm too young right now) but is there any way that I can go there and afterwards continue on my path to becoming a doctor in the army? Thanks.
I'd say that route would be exceptionally unlikely.
Just taking into account the educational qualifications you require to start medical training, you will not be in a position to get them and attend the AFC.
If medicine is your ambition, as previously said, get educated, qualify and then apply as an officer.
 
You can certainly go to AFC Harrogate and then become a service medic but you will then be career limited. If you intend to become a doctor, then there is no route down the medic trade as there is no path to transfer.

You need to be a qualified doctor and then enlist if you wish to be a doctor in the services. Bursary routes are available but essentially you need to have the qualifications to get into the doctors training route and if you go to AFC (H) you will rule yourself out of the running.
 

Tyk

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You may find that if you want to become a doctor, it may be better you train as one first, then apply to commission into the army as one.

Orthopaedic surgeon I know did several years of mil service as a break from NHS, from what he told me quite a few of the doctors in the units he worked in had taken the same route.
Qualified as doctor first, in his case 10+ years as a specialist, then signed on for a relatively short stint in the military, think it was 5 years he served.
With his seniority as a surgeon I know when he left he was a Major, I don't know if that's what he commissioned as, not seen him in a while.
 
My daughter is going through the process of preparing for an application to medical school. She already has an Associates Degree form and American college, and a First Class Honours Degree from a British university. She is presently doing a summer course in A level equivalency for Chemistry and Biology, then from September she is doing a medical school foundation course. Along with that she is volunteering what spare time she has in a hospital.

Even after all that she will still have to get through the admissions and interview process. My advice, going through it as a dad at the moment, if you want to be a Dr just concentrate on doing the academics for that - you will need A's at A level. Go and join St Johns and learn some skills, speak to your GP and get him/her to help you out with getting a placement for some hospital experience.

After all that, then go and join the army.
 
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Fang_Farrier

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My daughter is going through the process of preparing for an application to medical school. She already has an Associates Degree form and American college, and a First Class Honours Degree from a British university. She is presently doing a summer course in A level equivalency for Chemistry and Biology, then from September she is doing a medical school foundation course. Along with that she is volunteering what spare time she has in a hospital.

Even after all that she will still have to get through the admissions and interview process. My advice, going through it as a dad at the moment, if you want to be a Dr just concentrate on doing the academics for that - you will need A's at A level. Go and join St Johns and learn some skills, speak to your GP and get him/her to help you out with getting a placement for some hospital experience.

After all that, then go and join the army.

There's a few places where you can prepare and practice the interviews required for medical school.
Most admissions run a multiple mini interview type process.

Basically a series of stands with different activities at each.

And as you say, some sort of work experience is essential.
 

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