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A Look at General Surgery Training in the Military with Dr. Alexis Lauria

If you've ever been curious about the unique world of Military Medicine, we've got an exclusive conversation that will provide an inside look. In a recent episode of our podcast, we were fortunate enough to sit down with Dr. Alexis Lauria, a recent graduate of a General Surgery Residency program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and current Vascular Surgery Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. The discussion that ensued was insightful, captivating, and filled with priceless life lessons on mentorship and leadership in Military Medicine.

A Unique Pathway to Military Medicine

Dr. Lauria's journey into Military Medicine is nothing short of fascinating. She began her formative years at Wake Forest University, stumbled upon ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) by accident, and ventured into the complex process of entering medical school and eventually becoming a general surgery resident. During the conversation, she shared her experiences and invaluable insights on mentorship and leadership and gave us a peek into the structure of specialty and subspecialty medical education within the military.

The Challenges and Triumphs of Military Medicine

The conversation took an interesting turn as Dr. Lauria began to unravel her experience as part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She discussed her roles and responsibilities as a second lieutenant and her intriguing journey towards becoming a General Surgeon.

Her General Surgery residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the importance of mentorship, and the power of networking in the medical field were among the many subjects discussed. One crucial aspect of our conversation revolved around her strategic decision to specialize in vascular surgery and the benefits she reaped from the military HPSB program.

The Intricacies of Surgical Residency and Beyond

As we traversed the thought-provoking conversation, Dr. Lauria opened up about her research year at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and her path to becoming a board-certified General Surgeon. She provided a rare glimpse into the structure and workings of the surgery teams at Walter Reed, shedding light on the responsibilities at each level, and emphasized the importance of balance and relationships in a field as demanding as medicine.


This episode is a treasure trove of information, inspiration, and invaluable advice for anyone considering a career in Military Medicine or general surgery. The narrative of Dr. Alexis Lauria's journey into and through Military Medicine is powerful and illuminating, offering unique insights into a lesser-known facet of the medical profession.

For those aspiring to make a difference through medicine while serving their country, this conversation with Dr. Lauria is a must-listen. It underscores the commitment, resilience, and passion required in the realm of Military Medicine. As Dr. Lauria rightly stated, "You have to be very certain it's what you want to do, because it is a big commitment." But for those who take up the challenge, the rewards are immeasurable.

The episode reminds us that it's not every day you get to hear such a powerful narrative. It's a conversation that's well worth your time.

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