TCOM students who serve their country

February 12, 2019

By Alex Branch

All Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates go on to serve the communities in which they practice medicine. But each year, several also elect to serve their country.

Five 2019 graduates of UNT Health Science Center’s original medical school will train at U.S. military medical institution residency programs.

Jill Allen, Erika Hallak, Zachary Gottlieb, Katelyn Johnson and Blake Harrell will practice at Air Force Bases or Navy Medical Centers across the country.

The students earned military Health Professions Scholarship Programs that supported them in medical school. After training at a military center, they’ll practice for at least three years at a domestic or international military base as a condition of the scholarship.

“It’s a great program because the scholarships cover the cost of our tuition and even supply a living stipend, so we don’t graduate with debt,” said Hallak, who will train at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. “But it also fulfills our desire to serve our country and help keep our active duty military personnel and veterans healthy.”

Students on military scholarship have to meet physical requirements and complete commissioned officer training, where they learn leadership skills, military history, and to march and salute and more.

At Nellis Air Force Base, Hallak will get to practice flight and operational medicine to keep U.S. airman and airwoman airborne. Fluent in Spanish, she hopes to participate in Air Force humanitarian and international health projects after residency.

TCOM students headed into the military consider their assignments an honor, Hallak said.

“I know each one of us is looking forward to wearing our uniforms into work each day,” she said.


2019 TCOM graduates matched to military residency programs

Military Allen Web

Jill Allen, family medicine at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Military Hallak Web

Erika Hallak, family medicine at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas

Military Gottlieb Web

Zachary Gottleib, general surgery at Navy Medical Center San Diego

Military Johnson Web

Katelyn Johnson, general surgery at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth, Va.

Military Harrell Web

Blake Harrell, psychiatry at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

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