Ask a USPHS Physician

Discussion in 'NHSC | PHS | IHS' started by USPHS Physician, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. USPHS Physician

    USPHS Physician

    May 12, 2016
    I am part of a group of USPHS physicians who are trying to extend our outreach to interested students, residents, and physicians such as yourselves. So, SDN's "USPHS Physician" is born!...and he's most honored and pleased to represent and assist USPHS Dentist in answering your questions.

    USPHS physician opportunities:
    There really are enough different opportunities within the USPHS to suit almost any specialty and inclination - primary care or specialty, research or clinical, domestic or abroad. In addition to our very fulfilling day-to-day work, we are proud to have also quietly but effectively served on the front lines through our emergency response force in the major public health emergencies of modern times, such as hurricane Katrina, the Haitian earthquake, tsunamis, and the Ebola crisis.

    Check out , select "Physician" for Discipline, and then click Submit Selection. Then zoom out to see not only U.S. sites, but duty stations all over the world.

    Medical students can actually participate in a sort of internship program within USPHS through Jr. or Sr. COSTEP, see

    Training requirements:
    Any licensed physician is qualified to join the USPHS. Technically, those with only one year of internship training are qualified to join. However, the medical appointment board is generally very tough on those without residency training as few agencies are able to employ these candidates. Residency training of any specialty is a must, practically speaking.

    Allow me to go on . . .
    Loan Repayment:
    I'd also like to highlight that there is actually a very good potential for loan repayment in many of our higher need clinical sites with higher Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores in several of our agencies, including the Indian Heath Service (IHS), Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Immigration Health Services Corps (IHSC) and National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Additionally, the IHS has it's own loan repayment program for it's site, state programs may apply (for example, California's State Loan Repayment Program), and USPHS physicians are eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

    So, while we believe the desire to join the USPHS (or one of our sister services) needs to come from deep within, our Service strives to keep overall pay and benefits on par with our military and civilian counterparts. Some of the major financial benefits include potentially taking advantage of such loan repayment programs; a large chunk of one's pay is tax free (housing allowance, etc.); the GI bill can cover most/all of a child's college; health care & dental for you and your family has minimal expense; retirement benefits are very hard to beat; and malpractice insurance is essentially a non-issue with FTCA coverage.

    Looking forward to answering more questions.
    Thank you.
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  3. Cooperd0g

    Cooperd0g Something witty goes here. 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2011
    Didn't know your service also got the GI Bill.
  4. Red Lobster Actual

    Red Lobster Actual 2+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2014
    Sir, if you want more outreach to medical students it might be better to do a "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on the allopathic and osteopathic medical student's forum. I think the only people that come around here are attendings and veterans.
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  5. abn632

    abn632 2+ Year Member

    Nov 11, 2012
    How do assignments work? Is it like the military where you move every 3-4 years? If you start out in the BOP, will you be stuck in BOP for the rest of your career? Or would you have the opportunity to work for, say, the Coast Guard? How often do you deploy? For example, since 2001, have USPHS officers deployed at the same/higher/lower rate as military physicians?
  6. CajunMedic

    CajunMedic 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    Ethel, LA
    I'm fixing to start my OMS-3 year. I've been interested for a while, especially an assignment with the USCG. Do you know if there are any plans to reopen the SRCOSTEP program for medical students? How far in advance would I need to apply for a physician position during residency?
  7. taco152

    taco152 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Where can I start to get info on opportunities USPHS? Starting from the ground up. I only recently learned about the branch.
  8. usrmebe


    Oct 10, 2016
    Do USPHS physicians have to do a yearly weigh-in or APFT or is it just a one time induction weight check? How does all that work?

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  9. jaruiz10


    Oct 14, 2016
    How much choice do you have in selecting a duty station, especially after finishing med school at USUHS?
  10. ελπίδα

    ελπίδα 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2014
    It would be wonderful to have USPHS come back and answer some of these questions! I understand the service is in need of physicans. It's been like pulling teeth just trying to get in touch with the recruiting office. It should not be this hard to contact the service.

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