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Medical Service Corps

SUB SPECIALTY DIRECTORY





Supporting Navy Medicine with Teamwork and Integrity

Table of Contents



OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS …………………...................................................................4

LIFE AS A NAVY OFFICER…….…………………...........................................................................................…….....5

AEROSPACE EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY…………………………………………………………………………………….…...... 7

AEROSPACE AND OPERATIONAL PHYSIOLOGY………………………………………………………………………………………...8

AUDIOLOGY…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....9

BIOCHEMISTRY………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………........10

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....11

DIETETICS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...15

ENTOMOLOGY…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…16

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH….......................................................................................................................17

HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION……………………………………………………………………………………………………….…..18

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….19

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY..............................................................................................................................20

MICROBIOLOGY……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..21

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..22

OPTOMETRY………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….23

PHARMACY…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...24

PHYSICAL THERAPY…………………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………….25

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...27

PHYSIOLOGY………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….28

PODIATRY………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………29

RADIATION HEALTH……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....30

RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGY……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....31

SOCIAL WORK………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..32

HEALTH SERVICES COLLEGIATE PROGRAM................................................................................................34

THE MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS

The Medical Service Corps (MSC) is the most highly diversified Corps within Navy medicine. An integral part of the Navy, the Medical Service Corps is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of commissioned Naval Officers in clinical, scientific and administrative health care fields.



A Brief History

Originally called the Navy Hospital Corps in World War I, its vital role expanded during World War II – as the military recognized the need for a permanent, all-officer medical category comprised of individuals trained in administrative, professional, and scientific specialties. The Medical Service Corps was officially authorized by the Army-Navy Medical Service Corps Act of 1947.



The Medical Service Corps Today

The Medical Service Corps is comprised of thirty one sub specialties, organized under three major categories: Healthcare Administrators, Clinicians, and Scientists. The Medical Service Corps has approximately 2,400 officers on active duty and 344 officers serving in the reserve component. Health Care Scientists make up 26 percent of the MSC; Health Care Clinicians make up 32 percent, serving in 22 different specialties, while Health Care Administrators comprise the remaining 42 percent.

MSC Officers serve in more than 250 naval and medical commands throughout the world. About 65 percent serve in facilities delivering direct patient care and 35 percent serve in operational units, training and research commands, occupational and preventive medicine units, material and logistic support commands and headquarters commands.

Our Mission

The Medical Service Corps actively supports the Navy and Marine Corps team and Navy Medicine’s readiness and health benefits missions with a community of active duty and reserve component professionals.



Our Vision

One Corps of many specialties meeting today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges.



OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS

If you are interested in becoming an MSC Officer, please review the category listings in this brochure. For more details, contact your local Navy Recruiter or log on Navy.com. If you want to interact with practicing Navy Physicians, Dentists, Nurses and Specialists, get answers to your questions and learn from their experiences log on US Navy Healthcare on facebook today.



Medical Service Corps Benefits

Officers in the Medical Service Corps are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including:



  • Sign-on bonus (depending on specialty)

  • Scheduled pay increases

  • 30 days vacation with pay, earned each year

  • 100% medical and dental coverage

  • Maternity leave

  • Tax deferred investment plan (TSP)

  • Employer funded retirement after 20 creditable years of service

Possible Locations of Service

In support of Navy Medicine’s readiness and health benefits missions Medical Service Corps Officers serve in a variety of settings, such as Expeditionary Medical Operations in support of our war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response missions in places as far reaching as Africa, Haiti, and Southeast Asia. MSC Officers also work in locations that support caring for the wounded, ill and injured, such as, Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiments.



  • Navy Medical Treatment Facilities

  • Naval Branch Clinics

  • Ships

  • United States Marine Corps Battalions

  • Seabee Detachments

  • Research Centers and Laboratories

  • Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait and EMF Djibouti, Iraq and Afghanistan

Locations of service are throughout the United States & Overseas.

  • California Japan

  • Illinois Spain

  • Florida Italy

  • North Carolina Cuba

  • Virginia Guam

  • Maryland Europe

  • Rhode Island Hawaii

LIFE AS A NAVAL OFFICER

If accepted into the Medical Service Corps, you’ll enter as a respected officer in the U.S. Navy. To become a Naval Officer, you must:



  • Be a United States citizen.

  • Have received the required education and licensure depending on the specialty.

  • Have strong grades.

  • Be at least 19 years old and be able to be commissioned before your 42nd birthday.

  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination.

All active component officer candidates will complete five weeks of military orientation training and all reserve component candidates must attend and complete a two week DCO Indoctrination course at Newport, Rhode Island.
Time Commitment for Officers

Medical Service Corps Officers serve a minimum of three years on Active Duty. In general, the Naval Officer career path includes shore, overseas, and operational (sea) tours depending on the professional specialty. Sea tours offer opportunities for world travel. Most shore tours do not require officers to go to sea, while most sea tours average less than 50 percent of the time actually at sea.



Active Duty Obligation for Officers

Active Component: Most selectees incur a three year obligation from the date of appointment. The balance of service, sufficient to complete eight years total, may be served in an inactive ready reserve (IRR) or active selected reserve status.

Reserve Component: Selectees incur an eight-year ready reserve obligation and a three-year selected reserve (SELRES) obligation. The obligation commences upon commissioning.

Officer Development School

Officer Development School (ODS) is a training school where the Navy educates medical professional, lawyers, chaplains, and other Staff Corps Officers entering the Navy on the responsibilities of being a Naval Officer and leader. To prepare you for this new role, you will attend a 5-week indoctrination program located at the Officer Training Command, Newport, Rhode Island. ODS is a disciplined military training school. The school values teamwork, self-sacrifice, integrity and strength of character with the spirit of lifelong learning in an environment of mutual respect for all.



An Officer’s Salary Compared to Civilian Salaries

Comparisons can vary from one career to another, but once you add salary, housing and other allowances, benefits and education, the compensation is competitive with civilian pay. Unlike most civilian job structures, you’ll receive built-in annual and incremental raises and promotions throughout your career.



Possible Special Pays

Members of the Navy Medical Service Corps are offered a number of special pays commensurate with their specialty, years of service, and intention to remain on active duty. Current medical special pays include:



  • Board Certified Pay

  • Optometry Special Pay

  • Optometry Retention Special Pay

  • Pharmacy Accession Bonus

  • Pharmacy Officer Special Pay

  • Health Profession Officer (HPO) Special Pay for Clinical Psychologists and Physician Assistants encompasses an accession bonus, incentive pay & retention bonus.

  • Health Professions Loan Repayment (HPLRP) is offered for accessions to specific medical professional sub specialties each year.



How Your Officer Rank Benefits You in Civilian Life after Your Navy Tour of Duty

The combination of your degree and your Navy experience gives you an incomparable resume. Your technical and leadership skills, training and experience in a military environment are highly valued and sought by civilian companies. Naval Officers find civilian employment in many different areas. In addition, as an officer, you’ll be responsible for leading others right from the start. As your leadership/managerial skills grow and develop, your responsibilities will increase as well. By the time you leave (if you choose to leave), you will be well positioned for your next career.

To learn more about what it’s like to be a Naval Officer in the Medical Service Corps, log on Navy.Com, US Navy Healthcare on Face Book or visit your nearest Navy Recruiter.

AEROSPACE EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychologists (AEPs) promote and ensure the safe and effective performance of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in aviation systems. AEPs provide the Naval services with professional and technical guidance and assistance in the planning and conducting of research, development, test and evaluation of new systems. They also tackle problems related to personnel selection, flight training and operational safety.



Basic Requirements

  • Ph.D. in psychology with primary emphasis in industrial, experimental, cognitive organizational, and /or human factors. Applicants may have completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience, industrial engineering, or an interdisciplinary program emphasizing human factors or behavioral science

  • Applicants who have completed a master’s degree in one of the above and have four years of commissioned service will be considered.

  • Applicants must meet aviation physical standards.

  • Reserve component applicants must be a graduate of the six-month Naval Aerospace Psychologist training course conducted at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, have successfully completed the prescribed flight training syllabus and have served a utilization tour on active duty as a Naval Aerospace Psychologists.

Preferred Requirements

  • Ph.D. in psychology, neurosciences or human factors with advanced courses in statistics, quantitative analysis and research methods.

  • Research, publication and consultative experience working applied psychology issues, especially those involving military and aviation systems.

  • Strong interests in all aspects of aviation, including flight operations, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control and flight-line operations.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Enjoy numerous opportunities for new and unique experiences, travel, teamwork and individual development.

  • Become a Naval Officer with the distinction of having earned “Wings of Gold” something few have accomplished.

  • Gain a unique opportunity to employ newly acquired professional knowledge, training and skills in the service of the nation.

Typical Assignments

  • Pensacola & Orlando, Florida Arlington, Virginia

  • Dayton, Ohio Patuxent River, Maryland

  • Washington, District of Columbia San Diego & Monterey, California

AEROSPACE AND OPERATIONAL PHYSIOLOGY

Navy Aerospace and Operational Physiologists train all U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Aircrew in the areas of aviation physiology, sensory physiology, acceleration physiology, life support equipment, ejection/egress, parachute procedures and water survival. This training reduces the risk of mishaps from taking place, and enhances survival changes when mishaps occur.



Basic Requirements

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Physiology (e.g. cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuro, exercise or occupational). Applicants with related degrees (biomedical engineering, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biology, zoology, or other biological sciences) will be considered if appropriate cardio/pulmonary physiology and anatomy courses are completed.

  • Organic chemistry, an additional second level chemistry course (e.g., biochemistry, or organic), physics, college mathematics (i.e., algebra, pre-calculus or above) and statistics are required courses. The following courses are highly recommended (undergraduate or graduate level): biochemistry, biomechanics, comparative anatomy, histology, microbiology, and calculus.

  • Applicants with significant military aviation experience who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field of study and with appropriate biological science background will be considered.

  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for each of their degrees.

  • Applicants must meet aviation physical standards.

  • Reserve component applicants must be a graduate of the six-month Naval Aerospace Psychologist training course conducted at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, have successfully completed the prescribed flight training syllabus and have served a utilization tour on active duty as a Naval Aerospace Psychologists.


Preferred Requirements

  • Experience as an instructor/ teacher is desirable.

  • Strong personal endorsements in areas of initiative and teamwork are highly desirable.

  • Experience in military or general aviation.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Train with the Navy’s only human centrifuge, located at NAS Lemoore, CA, to teach all tactical –jet aircrew techniques for improving their performance under high G-forces.


Typical Assignments

  • Pensacola & Orlando, Florida San Diego, California

  • Norfolk, Virginia Annapolis, Maryland

AUDIOLOGY

Navy Audiologists provide a wide range of clinical support services in medical treatment facilities for a diverse population. At other sites they also provide rehabilitative, non-medical support to conserve and improve communication ability. Navy Audiologists ensure the auditory combat readiness of our fleet and Marine personnel while serving as consultant managers of Navy/Marine Corps Hearing Conservation Programs.



Basic Requirements

  • Master’s or Doctorate degree in Audiology.

  • Must possess an active state license to practice and board certification through either the American Board of Audiology (ABA) or the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Preferred Requirements

  • Substantial professional experience in Audiology.

  • Interest in clinical, industrial (occupational) or educational audiology

  • Ability to work with a diversified population in a variety of medical settings.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Experience industrial audiology support of aviation, shipboard and artillery communities.

  • Enjoy overseas opportunities as educational audiologists in support of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools.

  • Assist children with special needs.

Typical Assignments

  • Camp Lejune, North Carolina Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan

  • Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia Sigonella and Naples, Italy

  • Pensacola, Florida Guam, Mariana Island

  • San Diego, California Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

  • Bremerton, Washington Rota, Spain

BIOCHEMISTRY

Toxicology

Forensic toxicologists manage and direct operations of military forensic laboratories. This work primarily involves identifying drugs of abuse in body fluids using state-of-the–art equipment. Forensic toxicologists also develop methods to identify compounds of interest, procedures to maintain a chain of custody, and present forensic evidence to lawyers, military judges and members of court-martial proceedings. Research toxicologists may study the effects of toxic substances on the normal life processes, test and develop protective equipment for military operations and evaluate exposure limits to chemical compounds. Toxicologists may have an opportunity to work in a forensic laboratory, Navy research laboratory or Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit, or they may teach at the Naval Academy and elsewhere.



Biochemistry

Research biochemists conduct and manage basic and applied research on biochemical problems of interest to the Navy. This may include designing studies, methods development, carrying out research studies and analysis of results. Research biochemists and toxicologists have the same job opportunities and work in many of the same locations.



Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in biochemistry, toxicology, or related life sciences with a strong background in research. Applicant having a Master’s degree must have completed a research thesis, have manuscripts published in nationally recognized peer-reviewed scientific journals, and have completed at least one additional (Post Master’s) year of research in biochemistry, toxicology, or related life sciences.

  • The majority of positions require the applicant to have a Doctorate in biochemistry, toxicology, or related life sciences.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience in biochemical and analytical chemistry laboratory techniques from graduate training or work experience.


Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Experience working in Navy and joint-service research centers, serving as a member of a research team and assisting in training of medical personnel.

  • Serve as a member of a deployment Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Environmental (CBRE) Training Team in support of our nation’s defense against biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.

Typical Assignments

  • Annapolis, Maryland Great Lakes, Illinois

  • Bethesda, Maryland Dayton, Ohio


CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
There are approximately 140 Active Duty Clinical Psychologists in the Navy, working in military hospitals and clinics in the United States (i.e., California, Washington, D.C., Hawaii), overseas (Italy, Spain, Japan), aboard aircraft carriers, and with special operational units. Teaching opportunities are available at the Naval Academy and to supervise training at the Navy’s APA-approved internship programs at San Diego, CA and Bethesda, MD.

Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Doctoral Degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from a university or professional school program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition, a full-time, one-year clinical internship or its equivalent is required. Accreditation of the clinical internship by the APA is required.

  • Waivers for the APA accredited internship requirement may be considered for highly qualified applicants and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Applicants who possess a Doctoral Degree in other specialties in Psychology will be considered if they have formally matriculated in an APA approved doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology as a re-specialization student and have completed all practicum and internship requirements.

  • Current licensure in one of the 50 states or District of Columbia is required of all applicants.

Preferred Requirements

  • Inpatient and outpatient experience.

  • Experience in crisis intervention and in the treatment of traumatic stress.

  • Professional references that indicate superior clinical knowledge and supervisory/leadership skills.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Enjoy access to outstanding continuing education activities.

  • Become eligible for fellowships at prestigious universities in pediatrics and neuropsychology.

  • Eligible for student loan repayment and accession/retention bonuses.

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Okinawa and Sasebo, Japan

  • San Diego, California Naples and Sigonella, Italy

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM-Active Component ONLY
The navy psychology pre-doctoral internships are organized around a Practitioner-Scholar model. All internship programs consist of a twelve month period of academic and clinical training in a military setting designed to meet two broad goals: The first goal is to provide the trainee with the experiences and skills necessary to meet the general requirements endorsed by the American Psychological Association. The second goal is to equip the trainee with specific skills needed to practice within the military health care system.
Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed all pre-internship requirements in Clinical or Counseling Psychology in a university or professional school program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Completion of one’s dissertation is preferred but not required.

  • Applicants whose training program or university was not APA accredited will not be considered.

  • Applicants will be commissioned as a lieutenant (O-3) and will incur a four year service obligation (including the one year internship).

  • Applicants are required to receive licensure within 18 months following completion of the pre-doctoral internship. Officers who do not obtain licensure within 18 months of internship completion may be subject to separation.

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