Being a physician in the United States Public Health Service(USPHS) Commissioned Corps isn’t just a job—it’s a calling. As a USPHS physician, you will be on the front lines of public health: fighting life-threatening diseases at home and abroad, responding to public health emergencies, developing national health policies, and treating patients in underserved communities. What’s more, any single, valid/unrestricted professional license opens the door to work in any one of our Federal facilities The Commissioned Corps will give you a variety of multidisciplinary experiences, the opportunity to serve your country, and the satisfaction of making a real difference.
Your base pay, in addition to an assortment of nontaxable income and benefits, provides a competitive compensation package that grows with years of service and promotions. The Commissioned Corps also offers many special pays and bonuses ranging up to $75,000.
In addition, Commissioned Corps officers receive many other benefits, including:
* No cost, comprehensive medical and dental care for Corps officers; excellent health benefits for families
* Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
* Clinical practice liability coverage
* Thirty days of paid vacation per year beginning the first year
* Tax-free housing and meal allowances
* Thrift Savings Plan (retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k))
* Retirement plan with benefits eligibility beginning after 20 years of service
* Loan repayment potential – USPHS understands the financial burden of medical education. Assignments with certain Federal agencies, such as the Indian Health Service, offer loan repayment and/or other educational and family support programs.
For a full description of benefits, click here: http://www.usphs.gov/profession/physician/compensation.aspx
* To be a physician in the USPHS Commissioned Corps, you must:
* Be a U.S. citizen
* Be under the age of 44 at the time of your commission, although age waivers may be given based on consideration of advanced training, certain duty assignments and specialty requirements. No waivers are necessary for physicians under 51 years of age that hold current board certifications in certain specialties as part of a pilot program.
* Pass a physical examination and meet relevant suitability requirements
You must hold one of the following degrees:
* M.D. from a U.S. program that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association (AMA), or a foreign medical school that is listed on the International Medical Education Directory of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research and passed the ECFMG requirements
* D.O. degree from a program that is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
You must also have:
* Completed one year of postgraduate medical education (e.g., internship or first year of residency training) in a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education of the AMA or the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the AOA
* A current, unrestricted, and valid medical license from one of the 50 States; Washington, DC; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands; or Guam
The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,500 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the Nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science. Driven by a passion for public service, these men and women serve on the front lines in the Nation’s fight against disease and poor health conditions. As one of America’s seven uniformed services, the Commissioned Corps fills essential public health leadership and service roles within the Nation’s Federal Government agencies and programs.