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Embarking on a Unique Journey into Military Medicine with HPSP Student, Army 2LT Ryan Leone

In the world of medicine and service, few paths carry as much honor and challenge as that of military medicine. On a recent episode of the War Docs military medicine podcast, 2LT Ryan Leone shares his extraordinary voyage into this esteemed field. As a non-military family member, his journey is as unconventional as it is inspiring, providing valuable insights for anyone considering a similar career path.


### From Scouting to Military Scholarships: The Early Beginnings

Ryan's story is a testament to the power of passion and the pursuit of service. Raised with the values of kindness and helping others, Ryan's initial exposure to service came through Boy Scouts and programs at the American Legion. Although his direct family ties to the military were distant, the seeds of interest were sown early on.


During college, he stumbled upon the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), igniting a fervent interest in military medicine. This discovery set him on a course filled with internships at premier research institutions like the US Army Institute for Surgical Research and the Defense Health Agency. These experiences not only enriched his pre-medical school life but also connected him with mentors who played a pivotal role in shaping his career trajectory.


### Bridging Healthcare and Policy: A Lesson in Adaptability

Ryan's journey is unique, highlighted by his detour through the Presidential Management Fellowship at the Defense Health Agency and a stint at the State Department's Bureau of Medical Services. Here, he learned to navigate healthcare operations during a global pandemic, a challenge that equipped him with a multifaceted view of healthcare, policy, and military readiness.


Now, as a medical student at Columbia University, Ryan carries with him a wealth of experiences from the federal healthcare system. These experiences have granted him a unique perspective on the integral role of healthcare services in national security and military preparedness.


### Carving Out Opportunities in Military Medicine

Ryan's narrative underscores the abundant yet underutilized opportunities for individuals eager to dive into military and federal healthcare. For students looking to strengthen their medical school applications or professionals seeking deeper engagement in military medicine, Ryan suggests that there is a wealth of resources and a supportive community ready to embrace them.


He stresses the importance of mentorship, networking at organizations and conferences, and staying informed about the latest developments in military healthcare. These efforts, according to Ryan, are crucial for anyone aspiring to build a future in this sector.


### A Continuous Journey of Learning and Service

Looking forward, Ryan aspires to specialize in emergency medicine and support Special Operations Forces. His career vision blends medicine, national security, and management, emphasizing the continuous nature of the journey towards one's dream career.


The War Docs podcast episode featuring 2LT Ryan Leone is more than just a story; it's a roadmap for those who feel the call to serve in the unique and rewarding field of military medicine. His dedication to service and commitment to improving care for military members and their families are beacons for all who seek to follow in his footsteps.


To delve deeper into Ryan's journey and the world of military medicine, listen to the full episode of War Docs and follow the podcast for more insights into the lives and missions of military healthcare professionals.

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