Graduating Medical Student Headed For Duty With U.S. Navy
Tommy Kelsey, a member of the Wake Forest School of Medicine Class of 2017, will serve as a lieutenant in the Navy after his graduation in May and will begin his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
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Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education
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– So, I’ve always wanted to be in the military in some way, and then once I figured out that I also wanted to be a doctor, the HPSP program, which is the Health Professions Scholarship Program, seemed like a good way to sort of merge the two. Between your first and second year of residency, you have the opportunity to do what’s called a GMO tour. These are operational tours in which you act as a primary care physician for the forward Navy.
– Wake Forest School of Medicine definitely approaches physician education from a holistic standpoint, developing great thinkers, great leaders, and people that are gonna be representative of our program.
– No one in my immediate family has served in the military. Both my grandparents, however, did. One grandfather was in the Army and served in World War II. The other grandfather was in the Navy and served in the Korean War. I had the opportunity to restart the tradition of serving in our military and following after my two grandparents. I think the armed forces is at the forefront of medical technology and medical research.
– Tommy was instrumental in several of our projects, doing research, looking at outcomes of patients, and he definitely has a bright future ahead of him.