CDR 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.
CDR 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, CDR 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, CDR 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 troopers 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.
CDR Schofer is board certified in Emergency Medicine and currently serves as the Associate Director for Healthcare Business and Executive Officer of Expeditionary Medical Facility – Juliet at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is a Certified Physician Executive, has over 150 professional publications, 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, a Meritorious Service Medal, and four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.