Joining as a qualified dr? (Not yet Consultant or GP though)

Discussion in 'Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC' started by MNG2001, Mar 11, 2007.

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  1. Hi all,

    Graduated from medical school in 2001, have toyed with joining the forces since I was about 15 but always delayed things because of one thing or another.

    I've done my Membership Of The Royal College Of Surgeons but really want to switch careers to Anaesthetics & ITU.

    Few things happened over the last 12 months or so have got me thinking. I'm nearly 29 and have spent my 20s pretty much doing the same thing day in and day out, working & studying mainly. Got caught up in MMC and it's made me re-evaluate where I'm going.

    Started thinking about a drastic change and bumped into a friend whilst walking down the street in Manchester whom I hadn't seen since we graduated. He'd just got back from Basra (In the RAF) and was telling me about his exploits, well to be frank, he's doing some amazing things, really feels like he's making a difference and feels valued in his role serving his country and looking after people. Sounds good to me.

    Have spoken to a couple of people who are currently serving since, and rang the Army careers number and my local recruitment centre (Going in for a chat Thursday, work permitting!)

    I think I'd enjoy myself in the Army and feel as though I'd get a lot out of it, in return I'd quite happily work my guts out and give it my all.

    I realise if I don't do something soon, I'm going to wake up at the age of fifty having worked for the NHS for over 25 years and regret things.

    I'd appreciate any advice or comments and would be most interested in talking to any serving members especially those that are anaesthetists.


  2. Don't rule out the RAF, matey!
    Same places, same jobs....nicer people. Treated better. Endex.
    I can put you in contact with some RAF consultant anaes types. pm me.
  3. Oi,
    Go and play up your own end!


    Wee man.
  4. Thanks for the replies so far, anyone else got any thoughts, comments, suggestions or questions?

    Would be interested in hearing from non-Dr types too, as information of any sort is good!

  5. Have a chat with the recruiters

    RAMC Recruiting
    Former Army Staff College
    Slim Road
    GU15 4NP

    Tel: 01276-412745 / 412744 / 412730

  6. Dearest crab scablifter

    please take my colleague in greens advice LITERALLY!
  7. Bedpan2zero,

    Thanks for those numbers, will certainly give them a call tomorrow.

  8. MNG,

    Don't forget the RN either!!
  9. dont you start - we've enough on our plate with crabstick!

    but youre safe for now surface skimmer, 'we' know who the true enemy is!
  10. Join, you'll love it. If you want to specialise just be patient and you should get what you want.

    Good luck!
  11. Bedpan2zero....somebody's tired! Relax a'while. Quit 'yakin.