JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) --
The Air Force has selected seven enlisted Airmen to participate in the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program, (EMDP2), beginning in July 2017.
The selectees are Staff Sgt. Kristen Bishop, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; Staff Sgt. Seth Holmquist, Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Tech. Sgt. Richard Luna, Kadena Air Base, Japan; Staff Sgt. Michael Payne, Luke AFB, Arizona; Staff Sgt. Evan Tweed, Andersen AFB, Guam; Staff Sgt. Ethan Wolk, Offutt AFB; and Staff Sgt. Seti Zepeda, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.
The EMDP2 offers enlisted members an opportunity to complete the preparatory coursework for admission to medical school while maintaining active duty status and full pay and benefits. The program, which incurs a three-year active duty service commitment, includes coursework in a traditional classroom setting with structured pre-health advising and formal medical college admission test preparation.
“This program is open to candidates who are dedicated to becoming future physicians, leaders and scholars of the nation's medical force,” said Calvin Baker, the Air Force Surgeon General continuing medical education director.
Airmen selected for the two-year program will transfer on permanent change of station orders to Bethesda, Maryland. There, they will attend school full-time at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences with tuition and associated academic costs funded by the Air Force.
Following successful completion of the program, graduates will apply for acceptance to the USUHS medical school and/or civilian medical schools.
“Once accepted for an approved medical school, participants will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Medical Services Corps,” Baker said. “As fourth year medical students, those lieutenants will be eligible to apply for medical residencies approved by the Air Force Health Professions Education Requirements Board.”
The next EMDP2 board is scheduled for January 2018.
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