essay writing

Medical Student Essays: Trying to Get Out of Military Service

  • 273

I just want to help medical students who have taken an HPSP scholarship to write a better letter to military program directors as to why they are unable to come on active duty and enroll in a military residency. I find the 10-15 letters I receive every fall as a military residency director are very unfocused and clearly take the writer a significant amount of time. I hope to streamline the process so they spend almost as little time writing their letter as I do reading it.

Dear Military Program Director:

I am a millennial. I accepted a health professional scholarship to attend medical school four years ago. Since then, I have found a civilian residency that I would prefer to enroll in. You don’t know me as I have tried to ghost the system.

I have never earned your trust or respect. Can you please stick your neck out and take on a mountain of paperwork and get me out of my requirement to complete a military residency please. (question mark optional, because you really aren’t asking you are telling this knuckle dragger…) I have realized, I am too smart for your program. I have been promised a spot in a residency at a first rate program.

It behooves the Army/Navy/Air Force to train me at this program so I can then come and teach you real medicine when I am done. Also, (insert tragic backstory of why you need to be close to your sick mom or dad and this civilian residency is conveniently right near them). No, I apologize but I can’t provide documentation of my parent’s illness, as I wouldn’t want to violate their privacy or reveal my deceit.


2LT/ENS Smarter ThanYou

PS – When I am done with my residency, I plan to get out of my commitment again by claiming I am a conscientious objector and telling you about the sweet job I got in private practice in my hometown. I know you will understand. You have spent 15-18 years in the military and 3-4 of those years were in a war zone. I am sure you understand why I just totally can’t keep up my end of the bargain. If you do make me come on active duty, I will be a total malcontent throughout my payback and I will dodge every deployment. I will point out that I am smarter than all of you and how the institution I trained at did things, because after all it was better than your military hospital. I will try to call in sick and I will have 6 grandparents die and need to take emergency leave to attend the funerals.

Hope that helps all of you HPSP students in this difficult situation of having taken a scholarship and not wanting to meet your half of things because, you know, it’s the military and it sucks.

  • Gomerblog Team

    This author is actually a group of authors that contribute. Many famous Gomerblog authors have published here later to have their works printed under their real name. Maybe one day you too could be part of the Gomerblog team

  • Show Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *