At Fort Indiantown Gap, they had each gone through a number of roles – surgeon, as might be expected, company commander, not so expected, members of a scout platoon, really not expected.
"This is what we want to do," Miller, a West Point graduate, said. "That’s what I’m most excited about – serving soldiers in the field. Exercises like this are of the utmost importance. As soon as residency is done, we’re going to get deployed."
Racicot, a Dartmouth graduate, said, "We are living the school’s motto: ‘Practicing Good Medicine in Bad Places.’"
Miller wants to practice internal medicine, while Racicot wants to practice emergency room medicine.
Both said they were drawing on family traditions of military service, but took a different path to USUHS.
Armed with paint ball guns and acting as a scout platoon, the medical students served in a variety of roles during the nine-day exercise in central Pennsylvania.