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    Medical Careers in the Navy(05:23)

    The Navy has many opportunities for doctors, nurses, dentists and researchers. Navy medical professionals help care for ill or injured Sailors, and they also assist with humanitarian missions.

    The Navy helps medical professionals pay for their studies through the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program, the Navy Health Services Collegiate Program and the Navy Financial Assistance Program. Those who are already practicing may be eligible for a sign-on bonus.

    To learn more about serving as a physician in the Military, visit Medicine + the Military.

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Joshua Nassiri: I always had an interest in medicine. I always had an interest in health care, and that interest grew as I went to the Navy. But so too did my interest in flying planes or in driving ships and submarines.

Thu Luu: When I was an undergrad, I worked for an orthodontist who actually served for the Navy. While working for him, he became my mentor in the dental field, and he made me realize I could pursue a Navy scholarship. When I first put on the uniform, I thought, "Wow, this is a great responsibility. All of a sudden now I'm a naval officer."

David Rockabrand: In seventh grade, the first time my teacher said the word "deoxyribonucleic acid," believe it or not, that just lit a spark under me.

Nicole Benson: I've always wanted to help people. That child is counting on you. That family is counting on you, especially in pediatrics.

James Chun: You have to have a certain level of professional maturity.

Speaker 1: It takes a special heart, someone who cares, someone who wants to spend more time in a patient's room, wants to give somebody the maximum treatment.

Thu Luu: So here we are. My typical day, I just come in. I get dressed. I wear scrubs. That's my daily uniform. And I see patients.

James Chun: A willingness to step out of your comfort zone a little bit.

Christine Robson: I would be talking to my friends that were in residency, hearing about how their day was, and I said, "You know what I did today?"

Thu Luu: I've served as a division officer in Hawaii.

Joshua Nassiri: I'll be trained in Navy diving. I'll be trained in how to take care of divers, diving injuries, unique needs of submariners.

James Chun: Maybe a sense of adventurism as well.

Christine Robson: I was trained to use a parachute. I flew an aircraft.

Thu Luu: I got to go on the range with the Marines and shot a pistol, and I qualified.

Christine Robson: I've had the opportunity to be in an F-16, the most incredible ride of my life.

David Rockabrand: Even the 3:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m. flights from Cairo to Istanbul, even that had a certain element of fun to it.

Christine Robson: And this is all with the caveat of, at the end of the day, I'm still a doctor.

Nicole Benson: Day in, day out, you're a nurse. That's your job. You're a nurse. But in the end, you're a Navy officer above being a nurse.

Joshua Nassiri: So the financial benefit, I do think about.

Thu Luu: My scholarship literally paid for everything. They paid for four years of any dental school of my choice. When I was in school, I was given a monthly stipend. At the time it was about $1,100, just to live. It definitely made my dental school less stressful because I didn't have to worry about, "Can I afford lunch today?"

Speaker 2: When I graduated, I didn't have to worry about paying a loan back. I didn't have to worry about the burden of having a loan.

Speaker 1: Every day is a learning experience. Every day I do something new.

David Rockabrand: I came to serve my country, but also serve humanity, serve my fellow man. The Mercy is basically a floating hospital. It has a 1,000-bed capacity. The lab has 12 operating rooms. The laboratory is first-rate. Ships go out on a lot of humanitarian missions. We have labs in Indonesia, in Cairo, in Peru. It's more than just a, you come to us, we'll treat you and we'll send you home. We're actually going to go out to you, take care of you and educate you at the same time.

Thu Luu: I've been to Haiti. For seven days, we just extracted teeth. It was just an extraction marathon. That's something none of my colleagues have done.

Kathy Goldberg: In physical therapy, we always say, "There's a little bit of art in addition to the science, getting to really connect with your patients and to help them along on that emotional, as well as their physical well-being."

Speaker 1: In the civilian world, it's you and your patient. That's pretty much it.

Thu Luu: The good thing about my working environment is there's a lot of mentors. You're not in a clinic by yourself.

David Rockabrand: The 22 subspecialties in the Navy. You tend to see things that you don't normally see.

Nicole Benson: The Navy is a great place for learning, a great place for increasing your knowledge base. The doctors actually stay on the unit. We have a conversation. We go back and forth for what is best for the patient.

Joshua Nassiri: We're keeping our Sailors healthy, keeping their families well so they don't have to worry about them when they're away, making it so that when a Soldier gets hurt, they know they'll be taken care of.

David Rockabrand: We are saving lives. I save lives. The people I train save lives.

Christine Robson: If I need an MRI right now at 2:00 in the morning, it's going to happen because someone is accountable, and someone will come in to help me as a physician, to, again, take care of the best patients in the world.

Nicole Benson: My name is Nicole Benson.

Joshua Nassiri: My name is Joshua Nassiri.

Christine Robson: Christine Robson.

David Rockabrand: David Rockabrand.

James Chun: James Chun.

Kathy Goldberg: Kathy Goldberg.

Thu Luu: Thu Luu.

Nicole Benson: I'm a lieutenant junior grade.

David Rockabrand: Microbiologist.

Thu Luu: I'm a lieutenant commander select.

Joshua Nassiri: Lieutenant medical corps.

Kathy Goldberg: Medical service corps.

James Chun: Task force surgeon.

Christine Robson: Emergency medicine resident.

Speaker 1: Nurse corps.

Thu Luu: Serving as a dental officer.

Joshua Nassiri: United States Navy.