Medical specialties within the DMS

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  1. Hi,

    I'm a pre-clinical medical student who is actively considering a career within the armed forces. I have a few reservations however; I am not particularly keen on becoming a GP or a surgeon for that matter.

    My question is, are medical specialties available within the forces and what is the competition for training places like? Specifically for cardiology and gastroenterology.

  2. Cheers.I've sent them an email but no reply as yet.
  3. I know of at least one Doctor that is currently specialising in cardiology. After PGMO course there are options to specialise via various routes. Keep an open mind - lots of people change their minds as their careers progress.
  4. There are a lot of Cardiologists about just now!

    If you fancy a specialty that is over subscribed (cardiology is a favourite) then unless you are better than the really good girls and guys you'll be doing something else.
  5. Basically, just about any speciality that is available in Civvie street is available in the DMS.

    I know of military consultants (registrars, SHO's etc) in Orthopaedics, Plastics, Dermatology, Tropical Diseases, Paediatrics, Maxillo-facial, ENT, Burns... the list goes on. It just depends on where you want to go, and what you want to acheive from your military career.

    Good luck. :D
  6. Paediatrics? I didn't know the British Army were using child soldiers! :p

    I take that they're for the families? And if so does that mean they have less/no time on operations?

  7. Edited after reading daco69's previous posts.

    Daco69, the army has specialists in paediatrics so that they can treat the inevitable civilian paediatric casualties. A further benefit of this is the prosecution of a valid 'hearts and minds' campaign.

    I do hope I haven't been wahed (?sp)
  8. Errmmm, curious! I haven't started training yet, not even in med school so I've no idea. The recruitment officer I was with didn't mention paediatrics as a speciality so I'm curious. However if you want to wah me go ahead.

  9. Is that a better answer? :wink:
  10. Thanks, don't worry you haven't, it was a genuine question, but I take it that there wouldn't be loads of paediatric specialists