CAF launches medical training competition

med training pic

LCdr Melanie Espina, medical officer with 2 Field Ambulance, Petawawa and member of the CAF’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, examines a baby during Operation Renaissance in Sara, Philippines.
Photo: MCpl Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

The Maple Leaf

The competition for a September 2018 start in a Canadian medical school within the Military Medical Training Plan (MMTP) has begun with the recent release of CANFORGEN 174/17.

The MMTP is a competitive in-service selection plan that provides CAF members with the opportunity to receive a fully subsidized medical education at one of Canada’s 17 medical schools.

The program subsidizes four years of medical school and a two-year family medicine residency program. In return, the incumbent serves an additional five-year period of obligatory service (OS). The MMTP that it gives serving members an opportunity to learn a new skill while they serve their country.

LCdr Melanie Espina is a successful MMTP candidate. She transitioned from a career as a naval combat systems engineering officer to a medical officer, graduating from the University of Ottawa Family Medicine Residency Program in 2012.

“The process of applying to medical school was challenging, as the prerequisites for each school are slightly different,” she said. “It took me a few years to take all the required courses, and I sought out mentorship from a serving medical officer at my local base to assist me with the application process.”

The educational funding from the MMTP, in addition to the full salary and benefits, took away some of the financial stress that affects most medical students, allowing LCdr Espina to concentrate on her studies.