and Medical Corps Internship Selection
ATs is an important and complex part of the Health Professions Scholarship
Program (HPSP). Each student is permitted one AT per year of scholarship and
only one can be taken per fiscal year. The fiscal year is from 1 October of one
year through 30 September of the next. Therefore, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 runs
from 1 October 2013 through 30 September 2014.
Development School (ODS) is typically the first AT experience a student should
have. ODS is a 5 week course held in Newport, Rhode Island that provides the
basics of Navy history, customs and courtesies. It provides an opportunity to
purchase appropriate uniforms and learn how to wear them. Scheduling ODS prior
to the start of the first year of school is ideal, but most students enter the
HPSP program too late to accomplish this. ALL
students should make an effort to complete ODS prior to graduation. Delaying ODS
until after graduation will result in a delay in starting the First Year of
Graduate Medical/Dental Education or assignment to the first active duty
position. Delay in starting the First Year of Graduate Medical/Dental Education
will make the first months of active duty difficult, so completing ODS before
graduation is the goal. When ODS cannot be completed between the
first and second years of school, many students have been able to work with
their school and their schedule to find time in their senior year to attend an
ODS class. If senior year ODS is in your future, please ensure that your Senior
AT is available for use (i.e. do not schedule a clerkship after 1 October of
your senior year. You are allowed ONLY 1 AT per year of
scholarship per fiscal year.
orders are often used in either the first or second year of school when there is
no time to go away to a Navy location. School orders provide a method for
balancing the requirement for an AT and the educational requirements for school.
During school orders, a student is placed on active duty for 45 days and his/her
only duty is to attend school. While on school orders, a student is required to
remain in the vicinity of school and cannot travel or be on
final 2 annual training periods should be taken as clinical rotations with a
program to which you would like to apply for post-graduate training. Clinical
clerkships are available at all the teaching hospitals and many dental
are generally 2 – 4 weeks in length and provide an opportunity to learn about
the Navy’s medical system, meet program directors and department heads, and
interview for future internships and positions. The Accessions AT staff round
out the remaining 45 day requirement with School Orders, which means students
return to school and continue their normal routine while continuing to draw
active duty pay and benefits. One rotation should be scheduled in the
July-September time frame (and end not later than 30 September) and the other
should start after the first week of October. Clerkships provide
students an opportunity to evaluate training programs and interact with the
staff of those programs. This “face-time” is invaluable. Program Directors make
their intern selections based on what they know, and a good impression can go a
long way to securing the desired training. Even students desiring full
deferments should take the opportunity for training. Not all students who
request deferments are granted them. Clerkships allow staff of
Navy training programs to evaluate your aptitude for a given specialty. The
following are helpful hints regarding your ATs:
ahead. There is no substitute for proper prior planning. Some rotations will
fill early, so start the process 6-8 months in advance. This will ensure that
you get the time you want in the specialty you want.
Officer Development School completed as soon as possible. ODS is important. It
can and will prevent you from embarrassing yourself when you go on your
clerkships. Fit it in!!!!!!
Navy HPSP participants are expected to rotate at Navy facilities.
Rotations at Army or Air Force facilities where there are not navy
training programs is not permitted unless there are special circumstances.
Contact USN.OHSTUDENT@MAIL.MIL if you have a special circumstance
which requires an annual training at an Army or Air Force facility.
Click here for
information on scheduling your clerkships.
Research Clerkships are
opportunities to participate in research activities in a military setting during
an annual training period. Generally, those that take research ATs are those
that could not get a seat at ODS and want to use the AT for an active duty
opportunity, or those students who were prior commissioned naval
officers and do not require ODS, and therefore have an extra ADT to use. Click
here for a list of medical and operational research
Corps Graduate Medical Education Selection Information
the early part (i.e. July - October) of the senior year in medical school,
medical students apply for a Navy internship. The Navy has internships in
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Transitional, General Surgery,
Neurosurgery (1 position only), Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN,
Otolaryngology, and Family Medicine. In addition, if the Navy has more medical
school graduates than available positions in Navy Internships, the Navy allows a
certain number of graduates to remain in the civilian sector and get their
training in what is called a "deferred" status, i.e. your obligation to serve on
active duty is deferred until you complete either the PGY1 year or your
residency education. This deferred status is called the Navy Active Duty Delay
for Specialists (NADDS) Program. Selection for NADDS is based on the needs of
the Navy. The number selected differs every year. Generally, the specialties for
which people are chosen for NADDS are critical war time specialties such as
Orthopedics, Anesthesia, General Surgery, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine.
for a Navy internship generally only guarantees a single year of training.
Interns apply for the second year of training and beyond in September of their
intern year. Depending on the specialty, interns may continue on in residency or
serve as a General Medical Officer (GMO). GMOs serve as primary care doctors for
operational forces and are assigned on ships, with the Marines, with aviation
units (Flight Surgeons) and diving units (Diving Medical Officers). Completing a
residency without interruption or assignment to a GMO tour often depends on the
choice of residency. Primary Care (IM/FM/Peds), OB/GYN, and Psychiatry tend to
have their interns continue on in training. Surgery and its subspecialties have
a few go through, but the majority serve as GMOs.
completing an initial residency, the new specialist will typically spend 2-3
years practicing that specialty prior to going into fellowship. This depends on
how many want the fellowship specialty, how many the Navy needs, and
rule, if a specialty is competitive in the civilian sector, it will be
competitive in the military. Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Emergency Medicine,
Radiology, Dermatology, and Anesthesia all typically have more applicants than
positions. The applicant to position ratio can range from 2:1 to 5:1.
scholarship generates a year for year obligation. Any time you are not in
training and on active duty is payback time, so any General Medical Officer
(GMO) time you do counts as payback. Internship (PGY1 year) is considered a
neutral year. It does not add or subtract obligation.
in-service initial residency training you take generates an obligation on a year
for year basis, i.e. 3 years of training = 3 years of obligation. The obligation
for initial residency training is served at the same time as any remaining
obligation for the HPSP scholarship and ROTC/Academy/ or STA-21
you are selected for NADDS, your HPSP obligation will be served after you return
to Active Duty. You will not incur any additional obligation while training in a
civilian status under the NADDS program.
Active Duty Delay Program
NADDS program allows graduated medical students and medical officers the option
to defer their active duty obligation for medical school in order to receive
graduate residency education in a critical shortage specialty in the civilian
sector. While in the NADDS program, medical officers are in the Individual Ready
Reserve (IRR) and receive no benefits. Students selected for NADDS must initiate
their own search and match for a civilian program. Once selected for a civilian
program, an agreement letter is signed indicating an understanding that any
obligation for active duty service is deferred until after completion of the
A student who agrees to go into the NADDS program
MUST supersede in rank to the appropriate rank. This is done by signing a new
oath of office designating the officer as a 2105, i.e. USNR Medical Officer. At
the time of graduation from medical/osteopathic school, the student WILL NOT
receive orders. The Navy does not pay a NADDS participant to move to a new
location for residency training.
participants are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR:
Change of Station Orders to their residency training
Duty for Special Work (ADSW)
participants are ELIGIBLE FOR:
- Reserve ID Card,
which allows entry on military bases, commissary (grocery store), exchange
(department store) and recreational facilities.
- A NADDS resident
receives pay and compensation from the civilian educational facility, not the
Navy. Upon completion of the authorized residency training, or upon voluntary or
involuntary termination, the officer is recalled to active duty to complete the
deferred period of active duty obligation or for 2 years, whichever is
Medical Corps GME Selection
Process 2015 PGY1 Application
Monday, 15 Sep 2014 Deadline
to submit applications in MODS
Wed., 15 Oct 2014
Deadline to submit supporting documents for
Friday, 17 Oct 2014
Deadline to submit specialty
Saturday, 01 Nov
2014 Deadline to submit Dean's letters and Letters
Monday, 1 Dec 2014
Wed., 17 Dec 2014
GMESB results release
All students are required to
interview in person or via phone with ALL Program Directors for their desired
specialty. It is YOUR responsibility to contact the GME Program
Coordinator at each training site to schedule the interview. Refer to the HPSP
Scheduling Clinical Clerkships webpage to find the appropriate point of contact
at each training site:
Contact the GME Coordinators
prior to scheduled rotations to set up your interview. If you have
an October clerkship, you should schedule your interview well before October
17th (the deadline to change your specialty and training location).
Each program has its own deadline for setting
up interviews. Again, it is YOUR responsibility to set up your
interview before each program's deadline.
Letter or Medical Student's Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
Scores - USMLE Step I & Step II CK or COMLEX Level I & Level II
(4) Up to two
letters of recommendation (letters from a staff physician in the specialty for
which you are applying are highly encouraged)
Applicants must upload all
supporting documents via the GME Application Website (MODS) by 15
October 2014. The only supporting documents accepted directly by the GME office
are Deans' Letters and Letters of Recommendation forwarded directly by the
sponsoring organization or individual via email (preferred method) to email@example.com
or by postal mail to the following address:
Navy Medicine Professional
ATTN: Navy GME
Building 1, T-15, Room
8955 Wood Road
Students applying for
CIVILIAN DEFERMENT must additionally submit all supporting documents to ERAS
(Electronic Residency Application Service) at https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/. Students should follow guidance from their medical
school regarding activation of their ERAS application.
You do NOT need to initiate
an application in ERAS if you are NOT requesting a civilian
Remember, it is important
that you refer to the BUMEDNOTE 1524 issued in June for confirmation of the
above dates and guidance.
years applicants will NOT submit five rank choices.
Instead applicants will list theri preferred specialty and
one back-up specialty. they will also list the preferred training
location. It is the applicant's responsibility during interviews,
to communicate the desired training location to Program Directors.
Program Director selection
criteria are multi-factorial, incorporating school performance, USMLE or COMLEX
scores, clerkship performance (especially Navy clerkship performance), and
interviews. Program Directors for a given specialty are the best
to answer the question, "What are my odds of matching to xxx specialty?"