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Graduate Medical Education Officers

Our program is exciting, innovative and progressive

Ensuring the Navy has the most talented medical professionals providing the best care available to our nation’s heroes and their families now and in the future is something Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville takes very seriously.

While our doctors and nurses care for service members and their families in much the same way as their civilian counterparts, military medical professionals must gain a broader spectrum of experience to ensure care is provided not just at shore-based hospitals, but also on forward-deployed aircraft carriers, at shock trauma units on battlefields and in response to global disasters. Our training does not stop with the fundamental medical and nursing degrees and credentials. We offer advanced training programs to make certain our military medical professionals can provide the most sophisticated care available in any environment.

Family Medicine Residency Program

A key way NH Jacksonville achieves this is through its award-winning Family Medicine Residency Program, which was named clinical site of the year by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in 2011. Not only is the hospital’s program the Navy’s largest accredited family medicine residency, it’s also one of the nation’s oldest (accredited in 1971). Each year, approximately 35 Navy physicians are exposed to cutting edge techniques and hands-on learning in a wide variety of sub-specialties (including prenatal care, geriatrics, primary care, preventive health and sports medicine) and active mentoring to cultivate clinicians capable of providing the full spectrum of care needed by military families.

“Our program is exciting, innovative and progressive, and it addresses the changing medical needs of the military family,” said Cmdr. James Keck, who heads up NH Jacksonville’s residency program. “Family medicine physicians treat and manage a broad range of health concerns, so it is critical we ensure we train our primary-care doctors to provide high-quality care for our military service members and their families— from birth through retirement.”

Upon graduation, these skilled family medicine doctors support the medical needs of service members all over the world–at hospitals, on ships, on sub-marines and on battlefields. To enhance the educational experience, they also rotate at Shands at the University of Florida and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, gaining experience in areas including trauma, emergency medicine, critical care and pediatrics. On top of that, the residency program supports over 40 additional medical students who rotate through the hospital’s Family Medicine Clinic each year.

We encourage medical students who are considering our program for residency training to join us for a fourth year rotation.  We offer Sub-Internships, outpatient clerkships or a combination of inpatient and outpatient.  A fourth year rotation gives you the opportunity to experience the culture of the program and get to know the people you may be working with in the future.  As in the 3rd year clerkship, you will be assigned a resident and faculty preceptor who will be your primary mentors.  

Uniformed Services University Health Sciences (USUHS) and Naval Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) medical students are invited to apply for residency training at Jax Family Medicine.

The application for Navy Graduate Medical Education (GME), including our residency program, is facilitated through Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education Command (NAVMED MPT&E).

Their webpage for general GME information is

The application for a PGY1 position for Navy GME is on the Web at the NAVMED MPT&E GME 1 web application page:

If you are not currently a USUHS or HPSP student, we invite you to explore a career in Navy Medicine at and