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For Navy physicians, medicine isn’t just a job. It’s a mission. As a Navy Doctor, you can pursue your passion for helping others … on base, at sea or wherever duty calls.

For Navy physicians, medicine isn’t just a job. It’s a mission. As a Navy Doctor, you can pursue your passion for helping others … on base, at sea or wherever duty calls.

“I get to do the job that I love, and I get to practice in a setting that helps me assist those who are protecting our country.”
— LT Joshua Dettmer, DO, Medical Corps, USN
Navy physician interacts with child in part of a humanitarian relief effort.

About This Job

Navy Physicians attend to servicemembers and their families in much the same way a civilian doctor would. They typically enjoy an accelerated career track, with opportunities to take part in humanitarian relief efforts stateside and around the world. They work at top military medical facilities and are privy to advanced training and technology so progressive the civilian world may not be aware of it yet.

Navy health-care offers the ability to focus on the finer points of medicine without the financial and business complications of a private practice. Start-up costs, malpractice insurance, staffing, equipment and office management don’t exist for Navy physicians.

Navy Physicians also:

  • Earn excellent compensation in an established, thriving practice  
  • Experience manageable patient ratios for high-quality, one-on-one care  
  • Receive hands-on experience and Navy-funded advanced training  
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule that leaves more time for family and personal pursuits
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US Navy hospital ship at sea.

Navy Medicine offers practice opportunities in more than 30 specialty and subspecialty areas:

Aerospace Medicine



Emergency Medicine

Family Medicine

Fleet Marine Corps Medicine


Internal Medicine

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Hematology/Oncology 
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Rheumatology



Nuclear Medicine


Occupational Medicine


Osteopathic Medicine


Pain Management



Physical Medicine

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Preventive Medicine



  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology

Sports Medicine

Surface Medicine


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Transfusion Medicine

Tropical Medicine

Undersea/Diving Medicine


*[Additional] subspecialties may be considered.

Indicates a medical specialty that is currently in high demand.

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As a Navy Physician and Officer in the Navy Medical Corps, you will help lead the highly respected Navy Health Care team as you provide high-quality medical care for Sailors, Marines, servicemembers, their families and, when called upon, humanity at large.

You will handle everything a typical physician does, like diagnosing ailments, treating injuries and saving lives. Then you’ll have the opportunity to move beyond routine:

  • Work at the best military medical facilities on shore, at sea and in the field  
  • Join with top health-care professionals on the highly valued Navy Health Care team  
  • Collaborate with fellow military doctors and other Health Care Officers, and partner with International Relief Teams and organizations, such as FEMA, USAID and Project Hope
  • Operate as a leader within your focus area and get exposure outside your specialty  
  • Gain management experience that will serve you well throughout your career
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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Physicians in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your medical experience in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, physicians may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or in bases and camps in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Physicians in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Medical Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own practice – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Navy Medical Corps offers you a truly diverse variety of academic, clinical and operational settings in which to practice. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian hospital or setting you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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Practicing Physicians

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Corps, you’ll receive a first-rate benefits package – including your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $75,000 in specialty pay
  • Up to $50,000 in medical school loan repayment assistance
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).


Medical Residents

Reservists joining the Navy Medical Corps as residents can get:

  • A monthly stipend of $2,200 while completing residency
  • Plus up to $50,000 in medical school loan repayment assistance

Note: Offers based on service commitment. Contact a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.

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To qualify for employment consideration in the Navy Medical Corps, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.  
  • Be a graduate of an eligible medical school accredited by the AMA or the AOA
  • Have completed one year of graduate-level medical education in a program approved by the AMA or AOA (interns currently in training may also apply)
  • Have a current state medical license within one year of entering the Navy Medical Corps
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of two years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 64 (qualified candidates over the age of 64 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.


Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.