November 27, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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For a physician in the US Navy, medicine is not thought of as just another job. Instead, it is a mission to save lives and help those in need – at sea, on base and wherever duty calls.
As a military doctor and Officer in the Navy Medical Corps, your primary job lies in providing top-notch medical care for Sailors, Marines and service members along with their families.
During the course of your job, you have the same responsibilities as a civilian physician, from diagnosing ailments and treating injuries to saving lives. Beyond this, as a Navy physician, there are several opportunities and experiences you will have that you would never have gotten as a civilian doctor:
As a practicing medical member of the Navy Medical Corps, you may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities worldwide, in some of the most challenging and dynamic environments imaginable. You could find yourself stationed at a Navy medical clinic in countries as far flung as Hawaii, Germany, London, Japan or Guam.
You could provide medical support to troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Mercy or the USNS Comfort or you could work at any one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Virginia, Maryland, California, Portsmouth, Bethesda or San Diego.
In addition, there are several more healthcare opportunities available, stateside as well as abroad, working alongside the Fleet Marine Force or with a nearby aircraft squadron.
As a Navy doctor, you could help contribute to medical relief efforts across the world, serving victims of all types of natural and man-made disasters, from earthquakes and hurricanes to sickness, disease and poverty.
As navy physicians you enjoy a host of wide ranging benefits, including:
One of the biggest advantages that most people enjoy when they become a doctor and Medical Officer in the Navy is the opportunity to finish their education with little or no debt and the ability to focus on the finer points of medicine without the financial and business complications of private practice.