Navy Recruiting Command is in search of Health Profession Scholarship Program (HPSP) Interviewers to conduct Officer Appraisal Interviews. If you are a LCDR(s) or above Medical Corps Officer in good standing and willing to do these interviews, please email the Medical Corps HPSP Recruiting Manager, ENS Thealia Thompson, at thealia.a.thompson2 < at > navy.mil. Please include your geographic location and command as well.
Often, the interviewers are the only Navy physicians that these candidates interact with during the entire recruitment process, so they can have an outsized impact in terms of getting candidates excited about Navy Medicine (and help us accurately assess a candidate’s potential for successful Naval service).
Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday season and are back in the
swing of things. I fully expect that – like 2019 – 2020 will be a jam-packed
year for the MHS.
That starts, of course, with making progress on the reform efforts that
formed so much of our work in 2019. First is the consolidation of management
of Military Treatment Facilities. The Defense Health Agency is working with
all other elements of the system to stand up its headquarters and the market
construct that we will use to administer the MTFs under DHA. And we got an
assist from Congress, which as part of the National Defense Authorization
Act passed in December, included provisions that allow us the flexibility we
need to shift key civilian personnel in MTF management from the military
departments to DHA. We expect the first Transfer of Function-related
personnel moves to start in early February.
Second is the reexamination of our facilities footprint, a review directed
in Sec. 703 of the FY17 NDAA that asks the Department to assess MTFs to
determine if there are opportunities to resize any facilities that do not
offer a platform for maximizing ready medical capabilities. We expect that
our report outlining these plans will go to Congress within the next few
weeks, and we are prioritizing clear communications with key audiences –
especially patients and staff – to help all understand any changes and their
Third is our work to support the Military Departments’ implementation
efforts tied to their proposed repurposing of military medical billets.
Planning to implement these reductions while ensuring we meet our
obligations to patients and operational forces continued through 2019. In
that NDAA passed in December, Congress established new requirements that the
Military Departments and the Department of Defense must fulfill before
implementing these reductions, and Health Affairs, DHA and the Services are
working together to comply with this direction from Congress.
Congress included other important provisions in the NDAA with implications
for the MHS. You have probably already heard about the provision that
authorizes a new process for service members who want to file medical
malpractice claims. Health Affairs will work with the Military Departments
and DHA to develop the rules and procedures for such a process.
Related to our focus on readiness, at last month’s annual AMSUS conference I
announced that the Joint Staff Surgeon and Health Affairs had been tasked to
develop a Strategic Framework for Operational Medicine. This framework,
being developed with the Surgeons General, DHA, and the Uniformed Services
University, will provide a common goal for synchronizing DHA’s role in
health delivery with the Military Departments’ readiness and training
requirements. The goal is to better integrate the tremendous work happening
across the MHS to build and sustain the skills we need to support
operational requirements. This work gets to the heart of our system’s reason
for being and will be a focus throughout the year.
One constant in Health Affairs the last four years has been Dr. Terry
Adirim. Terry has helped the MHS navigate a host of challenging clinical,
policy, and organizational issues. For me personally, on every important
issue we’ve dealt with, she has provided invaluable counsel and support.
Terry is leaving us to take a position at the Florida Atlantic University
College of Medicine. FAU is immensely fortunate to have a physician of
Terry’s experience, skill, and dedication helping to shape the next
generation of medical professionals. The MHS’s loss is FAU’s gain. Please
join me in thanking Terry for her many contributions to our military medical
There is an International Health Specialist Orientation Course that will be offered 27 APR-1 MAY. The location is the National Capital Region and funding is planned to be by the BUMED Office of Global Health Engagement (GHEO) to support Navy Personnel as noted in this document and below. Priority will be given to officers who hold the Global Health Specialist Additional Qualification Designation (68M), are currently under orders for a GHE billet or are selected for duty assignment under a GHE billet.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the Navy Medicine Office of Global Health Engagement at usn.ncr.bumedfchva.mbx.ghe-office < at > mail.mil. Please note there is a prerequisite that needs to be completed as noted below.
This course will be added to the FY21 Leadership Course Catalog (should be out in the SEP timeframe) so there will be future iterations of the course occurring twice per year per current plans.
Course information copied from the attached announcement is below:
Course Description: The course provides training in critical concepts of global health engagement and health security cooperation to increase the resiliency and readiness of our Navy Medicine personnel, support the Fleet and line operations, and build sustainable relationships with partner nations. The course will provide an advanced, comprehensive understanding of core global health engagement competencies among Navy global health engagement professionals.
Target Audience: Course seats are available for all officers in the Navy Medical Department Corps: Dental, Medical, Medical Service and Nursing Corps staffing a billet in CONUS or a GHE billet OCONUS. Priority will be given to officers who hold the Global Health Specialist Additional Qualification Designation (68M), are currently under orders for a GHE billet or are selected for duty assignment under a GHE billet.
Funding: Funding will be provided by the BUMED Office of Global Health Engagement (GHEO) to support Navy Personnel.
Process: For more information, please contact the Navy Medicine Office of Global Health Engagement at usn.ncr.bumedfchva.mbx.ghe-office < at >mail.mil.
Pre-Requisites: Participants must complete one of the following trainings prior to the first day of the course.
– Security Cooperation Management Orientation Online Course (SCM-OC-OL):
– Security Cooperation Management Familiarization Course (SCM-FA-OL):
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:
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:
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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!