About Me

CAPT Schofer grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and attended Ursinus College (BS, 1997). He was commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Reserves in 1997 and attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine (MD, 2001) on a Health Professions Scholarship. He was commissioned as an active duty Lieutenant in 2001 and completed his Transitional Year Internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2002.

He then reported as a General Medical Officer with the United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, California, where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom I. In 2003, he returned to Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency as Academic Chief Resident in 2006.

After residency, he served an overseas tour as an Emergency Physician at US Naval Hospital Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan, where he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and Chairman of the Provision of Care Committee. In 2009, he completed his Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware.

CAPT Schofer worked as a Staff Emergency Physician at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth from 2009 to 2014. He served in a number of Emergency Department leadership roles including Emergency Ultrasound Director, Fast Track Director, and Senior Medical Officer. In addition, he served as an Associate Director of Medical Services and the Physician Advisor for Quality Management and Chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee on the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff. In 2010, he deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Pearl Harbor. In 2014, he graduated “with distinction” from the Naval Postgraduate School (MBA, 2014).

From 2014 to 2015, CAPT Schofer served as the Non-Surgical Detailer (PERS-4415R) in Medical Corps Assignments at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee. While there he created Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep and MCCareer.org, both highly regarded career-planning resources for Naval physicians.

From 2015 to 2016, CAPT Schofer served as the Commander of the Joint Medical Group and Joint Task Force Surgeon, Joint Task Force GTMO. In this role, he supervised 170 joint personnel providing care to over 2,100 military personnel and 107 detainees.

In 2018, he finished a three year tour as the Navy Emergency Medicine Specialty Leader. He led one of the largest communities in the Medical Corps, with over 270 physicians working in 15 Emergency Departments in the Department of Defense. In 2019, he concluded a three year tour at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where he served as Executive Officer of Expeditionary Medical Facility – Juliet and the Associate Director and Director of Healthcare Business.

CAPT Schofer is board certified in Emergency Medicine and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He is a Certified Physician Executive, has over 200 professional publications and presentations, has held numerous national and state leadership positions, and has won national academic and educational awards. He holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His military decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, and four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.

My CV – (Word or PDF)

My Military Bio – (Word or PDF)

6 thoughts on “About Me

    […] best if you have these ready to go due to the often short timeline.  I will tell you that I update my CV and military biography monthly and have multiple LOI templates at the ready at all times, so I practice what I preach.  […]


    Natalie Spritzer (LTJG, NC) said:
    September 1, 2018 at 22:36

    CDR, Thank you for the invaluable information! I’m not even in the Medical Corps and this website is a fantastic resource. (I am in the Nurse Corps) Thank you for providing your CV and military bio. I have been looking for templates as I need to update my CV to fit my military career. Thanks for serving the greater Navy Medicine community through this website!


    LCDR H said:
    September 28, 2018 at 08:11

    CDR, Thank you for all of your efforts with this website and for allowing it to be public. It helps both within and outside of the Medical Corps.


    Kevin said:
    November 17, 2018 at 19:58

    Is there an example or template to write a statement for submitting a statement with a FITREP?


    Phil Simmons said:
    April 11, 2019 at 18:15

    CDR, as a fellow Marine, I thank you for your contribution.


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