What to Expect
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, service members, their families and, when called upon, the population at large. In this role, you may be called upon to:
- Diagnose ailments and treat injuries
- Work at the best military medical facilities on shore, at sea and in the field
- Join 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
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
- Infectious Disease
- Pulmonary/Critical Care
- 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
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Transfusion Medicine
- Tropical Medicine
- Undersea/Diving Medicine
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, D.C. 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 aboard a surface ship, working closely with a nearby aircraft squadron, or even with the Fleet Marine Force.
Training & Advancement
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.
Once that training is complete, you will learn the ins and outs of life as a Navy Physician at your first assignment.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
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. With the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), you may receive 100% tuition coverage during medical school, plus a monthly stiped, reimbursement of expenses and up to $20,000 sign-on bonus. Or, with the Navy Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP), you may receive from $157,000 to $269,000 while attending medical school. This includes a monthly military salary, a housing allowance, and a comprehensive health care benefits package.
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, including an annual $45,000 grant, a monthly stipend and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.
Practicing physicians can receive a sign-on bonus of up to $400,000 when you qualify.
All offers have many variables. To get details and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Medical Recruiter contact you.
Qualifications & Requirements
A degree from a four-year college or university is a minimum educational requirement to become a Commissioned Officer. You must also attend Officer Training. There may be exceptions to the degree requirements based on extensive service experience. Additional qualifications include:
- 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
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, 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 Navy Reserve Sailors.
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 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: Officer Candidates will be required to attend the 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 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.
As a Physician in the Navy Medical Corps Reserves, you’ll receive a first-rate benefits package – including your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:
- Up to $50,000 per year in specialty pay
- Up to $250,000 in medical school loan repayment assistance
- An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000
Navy Reserve Sailors joining the Navy Medical Corps as residents can get monthly stipend in excess of $2,200 while completing your residency. Offers based on service commitment. Contact a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.