NCC Vascular Surgery Program Director

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They are looking for a Program Director to report in July 2020.  Applicants should submit their packages (CV, Bio, Letter of Intent) to CDR Melissa Austin (contact in global) NLT Friday, 7 Feb.  PERS concurrence for the PCS move should be provided with the application materials (usually an e-mail from the Detailer).

Here are the relevant documents:

ACGME requirements for Vascular Surgery (Integrated) PD qualifications

Ref #1 DoD Criteria for selection of GME Program Directors

SG Announcement for NCC Program Director Search for Vascular Surgery Fel…

Free Tax Software and Finance Friday Articles

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Here’s a blurb about the free military tax software:

MilTax Preparation and e-Filing Software will be available starting Jan. 22 through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100 percent accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.

Here is the link to begin preparations:

Here’s an article for military members:

12 Tax Tips Made for Military Life


Here are my favorites this week:

Helping Your Children Along

Investing Basics for Physicians With Little Time or Experience

The Case for Global Investing


Here are the rest of this week’s articles:

2018 vs. 2019 in the Stock Market

7 Paradoxes in Investment Decision Making

12 Financial Sins

Asset Allocation Quilt Redux

Can I Change the Beneficiary of My 529 Plan/Account?

Do Bonds Belong in Your Portfolio?

How to Pay Off Medical School Loans In Less Than 2 Years

Life Goes By Quick: Money Thoughts From A Boomer Retiree With Cancer

Why We Try to Beat the Market

Why You Should Have A Separate 529 Plan For Each Child

Will More Money Make Me Happier?

Throwback Thursday Classic Post – Networking and Mentoring for Military Women in the Digital Age

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Guest Post!

Today, we are going to hear from a CAPT Schofer of a different variety: the wife.

CAPT Wendy Schofer is a Navy Reserve pediatrician. She is the glue keeping the Schofer Family together through my demanding schedule, teens needing regular feeding/watering/supervision, and having her own part-time clinical job, nonprofit volunteer work, and a new interest in Lifestyle Medicine. A personal interest of hers is keeping lines of communication open and mentoring personnel through transitions (of which she has had several).


Great to be here. It’s about time the Other CAPT Schofer shared the fun.

I would like to address a couple of forums that have popped up online for females in the military. Yes, Facebook pages. There are a number of private or closed pages available to military women on Facebook. There are pros and cons to weigh for any social media pages:

***Before you sign up for any page on Facebook, be mindful of its privacy settings, as well as your own profile’s privacy settings. There is training on this – use that annual training guidance to ensure that you are not spilling personal nor governmental information inadvertently.

1) Pros according to Schofer:

  • Vetting: a number of these private/closed pages have you complete a questionnaire when you request to join, indicating service branch, where stationed, if know someone already in the group. There are also occasional requests from admin to help identify who truly meets the criteria to validly join the group.
  • Relatively safe haven: I have posted (and seen) questions that some might not ask elsewhere. It’s easier to ask when not face-to-face (see cons)
  • Broad audience/subscribers — you can get input from women beyond your immediate chain-of-command
  • If some guidance is questionable, it will often be addressed by someone else/clarified
  • Celebration of military women (we need to do this more)
  • Wealth of topics: dual-mil, pay, retirement, mentoring, protocol, hot topics, family leave policy, transgender policy/transitions, car transport, PCS, pet transport, looking for general mentorship, leadership approaches, uniform guidance, BRS, life after military, transitions to/from Reserves…
  • I love how professional my colleagues are: they are quite measured in their responses and often quote the MILPERSMAN

2) Cons according to Schofer:

  • It’s Facebook, still need to be mindful of OPSEC
  • It’s Facebook: social media can still call folks out online, or you may post something that you regret – also screenshots/forwarding can occur from people WITHIN your group – so nothing is truly private.
  • I am clearly only addressing the females in this audience. No males are allowed on these forums. It’s not meant to be exclusionary, but to support the safe haven noted above (how many men REALLY want to know the nitty-gritty about which bras to wear for pumping while in uniform?).
  • Take everything with a grain of salt. Just because someone has seen it/made it worked, doesn’t mean that it applies in your command.

Pages I have experience with, and others to consider:

There are other pages with broader appeal, such as Spouse Clubs, NOSC (for Reserve personnel) and local/regional unit supports. Examples local to Norfolk would be the The Oakleaf Club of Tidewater, Hampton Roads NOSC, Chesapeake Military Moms and Spouses Meetup Group.

These are not just for women, and tend to cover more family/childcare questions. But they highlight that there are a ton of resources available to families, whether established at a location, PCSing in, needing childcare suggestions or moral support. We are finding more and more moral support electronically – let’s use that for good. It has been immensely helpful in my Reserve transitions.

Thanks for joining me here. And please, keep it safe on social media, including realizing when to just turn it off and join the real world.

AMSUS Seminar – Prolonged Field Care: What Technology is Needed?

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This full-day AMSUS regional seminar, 3 March 2020, at the Kossiakoff Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD, features speakers from the MRDC Combat Casualty Care Research team, other Prolonged Field Care (PFC) leaders, JHU Applied Physics Lab, and other experts in PFC science & technology. These subject matter experts will highlight current and future science & technology needs relevant to PFC, and discuss current best PFC practices and areas of innovation to address gaps.

Early registration rate good until 31 January 2020: AMSUS member rate $75; non-member rate $100. Register today!

Medical Corps Liaison Position, Medical Corps Chief’s Office, BUMED – O4

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The Office of the Corps Chief supports our Corps Chief, RDML Hancock in directly advising the Surgeon General on matters significant to the Medical Corps. The team includes the MC Career Planner, MC Plans & Policy, MC Reserve Affairs Officer, and reports to the Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps (in other words, the owner of this blog). The position involves frequent, direct interaction with leadership throughout Navy Medicine and is specifically leveraged to offer mid-grade medical officers an opportunity to develop their skills at the strategic level.

Here is the position description. If you are interested in competing and interviewing for this position, please email your CV, Bio, OSR, PSR, and Letter of Intent to CDR Melissa Austin (contact is in the global) in a SINGLE PDF FILE.

Please feel free to reach out to the incumbent, CDR Brett Chamberlin (contact is in the global) to find out more.

Rank: LCDR

Application Due Date: 5 FEB 2020

Report By: 01 JUN 2020

Applicants must be eligible for Orders to BUMED.

Director of Surgical Services Position in Okinawa – O5/O6

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The relevant details are in this job announcement:


In order to apply, you will need clearance from the Detailer, and I’m sure an e-mail will suffice.

Latest Special Pays Update

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Here is the update posted on the BUMED Special Pays Website a few days ago:

16 January 2020: The NAVADMIN releasing the approved FY20 Medical Department Special & Incentive Pay Plan is expected to be signed and released in the coming weeks, Until that time, the following clarifications are provided:

  • If an officer’s eligibility date for a special pay is on, or after, 1 October 2019, the request cannot be submitted until the FY20 Medical Department Special & Incentive Pay Plan is approved and released. The NAVADMIN is the authority from Chief, Navy Personnel authorizing Chief, BUMED to execute the special pays in FY20.
  • Once the NAVADMIN is released, medical department officers will have 30 days from the date of release to submit a special pay request effective 1 October 2019, or the date the officer became eligible if after 1 October 2019.
  • Requests for Retention Bonus effective 30 September 2019, or earlier, cannot be submitted until the NAVADMIN is released, as the guidance governing these requests is included in the FY20 Medical Department Special & Incentive Pay Plan.