Darla Thyng, MD
Family Medicine, D-H Nashua
Serving in the military was fundamental to my becoming a doctor. I did not have any way to pay for medical school until I saw a newspaper article about a school in Bethesda, Maryland, run by the United States Senate that was a military medical school. I applied, and I was accepted. Not only was medical school free, I was salaried at the level of an army officer—I was literally paid to go to medical school! I completed my residency at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and after that, served seven years in the Army in Germany and Virginia. I loved every moment of my experience, and I greatly value the people I met and the opportunity I was given.
My military service has given me a fantastic background in medicine and family practice. I was expected to be on call in the hospital, deliver babies, see pregnant patients and care for military personnel and their families. I was able to do what many civilian family practice doctors do not have the opportunity to do. I also learned what it means to work as a team, which I have tried to cultivate wherever I work.