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Medical Corps

The Navy Medical Corps is comprised of more than 4300 active duty and reserve physicians who are practicing or training in 23 medical and surgical specialties with more than 200 subspecialties. Navy physicians are stationed at military treatment facilities, medical education institutions, clinics, hospitals, research units, on ships, and with Marine Forces located within the United States and various overseas locations. Navy physicians provide direct support to Navy and Marine Corps commands, squadrons, battalions and units. Navy physicians deploy in support of combat operations, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance missions, providing the best care our nation can offer ashore and afloat.

There are many ways to join the Navy, whether you are currently in college, medical school, or a practicing physician. 



Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP)

The Health Professions Scholarship Program offers a full-tuition scholarship to the medical school of your choice plus a monthly stipend exceeding $2,300 per month and a $20,000 signing bonus in return for a 3 or 4-year commitment after residency to serve as a Navy physician.



To speak with a HPSP Program Office representative or if you have further questions, please email:


Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP)

This program provides  up to $269,000 while attending medical school, including a monthly military salary, generous housing allowance (dependent on location), and a comprehensive benefits package, but does not cover the cost of tuition, in return for service as a Navy physician after residency.


Direct Officer Commission For Practicing Physicians


Practicing physicians can receive a sign-on bonus of $180,000 to $400,000 when you qualify. Offers have many variables depending on specialty and service requirement. 


If you would like to receive more information from a Medical Officer Recruiter, please email:, Call 1-800-USA-NAVY or visit





Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)


Individuals can also apply directly to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. If accepted, students receive free tuition, a housing allowance and salary. As “America’s Medical School” USUHS educates, trains, and comprehensively prepares uniformed military and U.S. Public Health Service physicians to support our nation’s military and public health systems, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States, and the readiness of our Uniformed Services.


If you would like to speak directly to a Navy physician, please email



To learn more about some of the specialties that are offered in the Navy, please see these short videos by some of our specialty leaders.


Specialists that combine both occupational and preventive medicine and apply it to the extreme environments of flight and other operational environments.  We utilize input from traditional medical specialties and apply it to the aerospace environment and the man-machine interface.



Typically a transitional year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that specializes on perioperative care, developing anesthetic plans, and the administration of anesthetics.  Advanced training opportunities in regional, pain, cardiac, intensive care and pediatric anesthesia.



This specialty deals with skin conditions of all types, performing exams and procedures (surgical, laser) as needed.  Training usually starts with a transitional year that is followed by a 3-year residency program.  Advanced training opportunities in pediatric, procedural and dermatopathology.


Global Health Engagement

Though global health engagement does not have its own residency, it is a specialty that combines many different other specialties into its umbrella of coordination between foreign locals and active duty medical and line personnel to improve the health both of US military and civilian personnel as well as foreign nationals around the globe.  Additionally, global health engagement has the focus of winning hearts and minds through improvement in health and health care delivery to our current and future allies.



First year Graduate Medical Education in your selected specialty as well as preparation and opportunity to continue into residency training or to serve as a General Medical Officer, Flight Surgeon, or as an Undersea Medical Officer upon successful completion of a Navy Internship.


Internal Medicine

The specialists of adult medicine and the gateway to the subspecialties:  allergy, cardiology, critical care, endocrinology, gasteroenterology, hematology-oncology, hospitalists, infectious disease, nephrology, pulmonary, and rheumatology.



The specialty that deals with disorders of the nervous system involving the brain, spinal cord, and other nerve- and muscle-related conditions, Neurology is at the forefront of diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injury (TBI), the signature injury of the War on Terror.  Training is a 4 year intern/residency program with advanced training opportunities in stroke, movement disorders (Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, etc), neuromuscular disease (ALS, muscular dystrophies, etc), cognitive-behavioral neurology (Alzheimer’s disease, etc), pediatrics, epilepsy, neuro-critical care, and others. After two “decades of the brain” in modern medicine, Neurology remains a medical frontier with novel breakthrough treatments every year.



An Obstetrician Gynecologist is someone who has undergone four years of specialty training after residency to specialize in the care and delivery of pregnant women, and gynecologic care to include management of surgical conditions.  Some OB/GYNs have additional training (fellowship) and specialize in reproductive endocrinology (assisting patients with infertility problems), material fetal medicine (complicated pregnancies), gynecologic oncology (cancer), and urogynecology (surgical management of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders).   They are experts in providing women’s preventive and emergency health care throughout the span of their lives.



A 5-year internship/residency program specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, treating injuries to bones, joints, ligaments, or tendons.  Advanced training opportunities in sports, joint replacement, oncology, hand and foot surgery.



The military is committed to taking care of the family members (including children) of all active duty members.  Navy pediatricians specialize in caring for children from birth through adolescence, especially in remote locations.  In addition they are critical members of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, and have a decades-long history of success as medical officers in wartime deployments.  The career path for a Navy pediatrician involves full scope (inpatient and outpatient) pediatrics with an exciting spectrum of opportunities within pediatrics, as well as military medicine at-large.


Physical Medicine

A 4-year internship/residency program that specializes in the enhancing and restoring functional ability and quality of life to people with physical impairments or disabilities.  Also known as Physiatrists, these specialists treat musculoskeletal conditions that can occur during training which may degrade medical readiness. Navy PM&R specialists are integral in addressing the complex issues affecting wounded warriors and patients impacted by trauma including,  amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes,  pain or disability due to muscle, ligament or nerve damage.



The medical specialists providing mental health support to Sailors, Marines and their families.  General psychiatrists complete a 4-year internship/residency program.  Advanced training opportunities include child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.



Pulmonary critical care medicine is a specialty that is dedicated to caring for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit and patients with severe lung disease.  Pulmonary critical care specialists complete residency in internal medicine before completing a 2-3 year fellowship in either critical care or combined pulmonary/critical care medicine.   Critical care medicine can also be a fellowship after anesthesia or surgical residencies.


Trauma Surgery

Trauma surgery is a subspecialty of general surgery which requires an additional 2 years of fellowship training broadly specializing in trauma surgery, acute care surgery and critical care. Not only do trauma surgeons focus on both operative and non-operative management of the injured patients, critical care and emergency general surgery, but the specialty focuses on trauma systems and the overall delivery of forward deployed combat casualty care across all platforms and roles of care.