Fellowship Program - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is the U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa located?
A: It is located on Camp Foster, which is situated in
Kitamae, Chatan-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa, along Route 58. You may travel
to Camp Foster from the Naha Airport via bus, taxi or privately owned
vehicle. However, please remember that you will not be allowed on the base
without proper photo ID(passport, driver’s license) and base pass.
Applicants will be escorted in on interview day.
Q: Do I need to have a previous externship experience
at USNHO in order to apply for the fellowship program?
A: No. Previous externship experience at USNHO is not
required to apply.
Q: Do you offer open-house days?
A: No, unfortunately, we only offer externships.
Q: What is an average day schedule for interns?
A: 0700-0730 Morning report
0800-1200 Rotation assignment
1300-1600 Rotation assignment
Q: Do I have on-call duties?
Yes, we do. Typically, interns are scheduled to be on-call once every six
nights. Call duties include translating between English and Japanese for
Japanese-speaking patients at USNHO, and coordinating patient transfers
between USNHO when the medical needs of patients exceed the capabilities
Q: How do I know that I’m invited to the fellowship
A: By phone call or email
Q: In case of typhoon, what should I do?
A: You will be notified in advance. An alternative
interview date will be offered.
Q: Should I open and scan the sealed medical school
academic record written in English?
A: Yes, please open it and scan, then attach to the
Q: What would I have to write down in the blank space
of Physical Examination?
A: If you do not have any findings, please write here
so. (e.g. within normal limits/WNL)
If you have specific findings,
please write that down by the physician.
Q: What is SOFA status?
A: SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) is applicable if
you are married to a U.S. Military member. If you have a SOFA status, you
cannot apply for this program.
Q: Who should I contact when I have further questions
about the application?