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?
A: 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 of USNHO.
Q: How do I know that I’m invited to the fellowship interview?
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 email.
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?