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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 healthcare 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:
As a Navy Physician and Officer in the Navy Medical Corps, you will help lead the highly respected Navy healthcare 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, such as diagnosing ailments, treating injuries and saving lives. You’ll also have the opportunity to move beyond routine:
You will handle everything a typical physician does, like diagnosing ailments, treating injuries and saving lives. You’ll also have the opportunity to move beyond routine:
Navy Physicians may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, DC to Washington state.
As a Navy Physician, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, MD; Portsmouth, VA; and San Diego, CA. Or you could provide medical support to deployed troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.
Still more opportunities are available stateside and abroad – aboard a surface ship, working closely with a nearby aircraft squadron, or even with the Fleet Marine Force.
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.
Upon graduation from medical school, those pursuing a Physician position are required to attend Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here they learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
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: Beginning October 1st, 2019, Officer Candidates will be required to attend the Officer Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI instead of the 12-day Direct Commission Officer School. ODS is a five-week program that provides a comprehensive and intense introduction to the responsibilities of Navy Staff Corps Officers. Here you will learn about the military structure of the U.S. Navy, its rich history of traditions and customs, leadership development and military etiquette. There may be an option for attendees to request to split the five-week program into two sessions.
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.
The Navy offers generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs.
You can finish your education with little or no debt. And learn to lead others, further distinguishing your career, enhancing your credentials and expanding the boundaries of your expertise.
Plus, if you’re a student or resident, you can concentrate on your education or training, with no military/training obligation until after your program is completed.
The Navy may pay for your medical education. You don’t need to attend a military medical school. Attend a school of your choice and you may emerge debt-free. A Navy Medical Recruiter can help you choose the program that offers you the greatest advantage:
With the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), you may receive 100% tuition coverage during medical school, plus:
With the Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP), you may receive from $157,000 to $269,000 while attending medical school. This includes:
Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Medical Recruiter contact you.
*Navy HSCP housing allowance based on medical school location. Increased offer amounts available in areas with a higher cost of living.
Residents may get supplemental income in medical residency through the Navy Financial Assistance Program (FAP), which may offer you $275,000 or more during your medical residency. This includes:
Practicing physicians can receive a sign-on bonus of $180,000 to $400,000* when you qualify. Offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Medical Recruiter contact you.
*Offer depends on specialty and service requirement.
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:*
*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty.
Reservists joining the Navy Medical Corps as residents can get:
Note: Offers based on service commitment. Contact a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.
To qualify for employment consideration in the Navy Medical Corps, you must:
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.
Navy Medicine offers practice opportunities in more than 30 specialty and subspecialty areas:
Fleet Marine Corps Medicine
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
*[Additional] subspecialties may be considered.