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Physician

Treating the underserved. Healing a nation.

Physicians in the USPHS Commissioned Corps serve their country in places like prisons, Indian country, the civil service, and the laboratory.

Treating the underserved. Healing a nation.

Physicians in the USPHS Commissioned Corps serve their country in places like prisons, Indian country, the civil service, and the laboratory.

Application Process Update

Thank you for expressing an interest in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Due to the large volume of Active Duty Health Services applications received, effective August 1, 2021, we are pausing the acceptance of new applications for the following Health Services professional disciplines: Health Informatics Specialist, Health Information Management Specialist, Healthcare Administrator, and Public Health Professional. This temporary pause will extend through December 31, 2021. We will keep you posted on the date when the applications will be reopened.

We will continue to accept applications for the following Health Services professional disciplines during the pause: Clinical Social Worker, Dental Hygienist, Medical Health Record Administrator, Medical Technologist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Optometrist, Physician Assistant, and Podiatrist.

All applications received prior to August 1, 2021 through the online application system will be reviewed and processed.

Officers In Action

A Message from Chief Medical Officer CAPT Lewis

Becoming a medical officer in the USPHS Commissioned Corps
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Qualifications

M.D. from a U.S. or Canadian program accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association (AMA)
D.O. degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates if you are a graduate of a medical school that is not located within a U.S. State or territory or other jurisdiction, or a Province or Territory of Canada
One completed year of postgraduate medical education (e.g., internship or first year of residency training) in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education of the AMA or the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the AOA
Current, unrestricted, and valid medical license from any U.S. state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam
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Benefits

College loan repayment
Career advancement and pay increases with years of service
Health and dental care at low or no cost
Mobility between government agencies
Tax-free housing and meal allowances
Financial support for education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill
Retirement pension plan
Flexibility to work in a variety of settings
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