Special Operations Forces to School Of Medicine
Supporting United States Special Operations Forces Service Members in Their Journey to Become Physicians
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Cold Water Immersion (CWI) research for Veterans and Active Duty Military conducted alongside our partners at Nonstandard.
Why Special Operations Forces?
Special Operations Forces (SOF) veterans possess the qualities, values, and beliefs innately found in exceptional physicians, as they demonstrate unparalleled dedication, commitment to excellence, and service to others.
Despite this, less than 2% of veterans are represented in the medical field while 7-8% of the US population is characterized as veterans, according to the 2021 US Census.
What are Special Operations Forces?
Why Special Operations Forces?
Special Operations Forces (SOF) are military units comprised of elite US soldiers across all military branches trained to execute high-stress missions, often in covert and sensitive environments, where precision, adaptability, and specialized skills are paramount.
These SOF units include Navy Seals, Green Berets, Rangers, Pararescue (PJ) airmen, Marine Raiders, and many others. Every SOF service member embodies the core values of Excellence, Integrity, and Adaptability.
Special Operations Forces (SOF) service members possess the qualities, values, and beliefs innately found in exceptional physicians, as they demonstrate unparalleled dedication, commitment to excellence, and service to others.
Despite this, less than 2% of veterans are represented in the medical field, while 7-8% of the US population is characterized as veterans, according to the 2021 US Census.
HOW WE PERFORM
Current SOF to SOM Matriculated Medical Students
Average MCAT Score Pre-Mentorship
Average MCAT Score Post-Mentorship
Matriculation Rate for Scholars
Through our mentorship program, we offer mentees MCAT prep workshops, medical school application guidance, and interview assistance.
Our research program is designed to provide market data about SOF service members and their transition to the medical field. Through this program, we aim to highlight the veteran patient population gap and the lack of SOF veteran medics matriculating into medical school.
Veteran Scholarship Program (VSP) supports mentees in their medical school journey. This includes materials for MCAT preparation, application fee support, and other materials to support a mentee from the start of their medical school journey til their bright future as a resident physician.
Jim Czarnik, M.D.
"Good judgement comes from bad experience, new physicians often lack the hard life experience required to translate the theoretical into action. SOF students build their clinical capacity on their bedrock of good judgement. RLTW!"
Dan Brillhart, M.D.
"Special Operations personnel are selected for their drive and motivation and they are used to functioning autonosmously under difficult circumstances. These attributes prepare them well for the rigors of medical training, in fact, many of the best physicians I know transition to medicine from careers in Special Operations."
"I couldn't imagine a more professional program that truly has the mentee's best interest at heart."