Director of Professional Education at NMCP – O5/O6

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Director, Professional Education (DPE) is responsible for oversight of:

  • Graduate Medical and Dental Education (GMDE)
  • Clinical Investigation Department (CID)
  • Staff Education and Training (SEAT)
  • Visual Information Department
  • Healthcare Simulation & Bioskills Training Center
  • Nursing Research
  • Health Sciences Library.

The position is open to Navy Medical Corps officers at the O-5/O-6 level. Interested candidates should submit (preferably via e-mail) a letter of interest, a short bio, copies of their 3 most recent FITREPs, a CV (templates here) and Specialty Leader concurrence no later than 21 March 2018 to: CAPT Will Beckman, MC USN (contact info is in the global address book).

What is DOPMA and Why Should You Care?

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DOPMA stands for Defense Officer Personnel Management Act. It has been the guideline for officer personnel management since December 1980. It was designed to help modernize management practices and correct problems with officer management that emerged in the post-World War II era. Its notable achievements include:

  • Creating uniform promotion rates.
  • Standardizing career lengths across the services.
  • Regulating the number of senior officers as a proportion of the force.
  • Creating reasonable and predictable expectations regarding when an officer would be eligible for promotion.

DOPMA has been criticized for creating a system with high turnover rates, frequent moves, and shorter military careers. It is often referred to as “up or out” and is the reason why LCDRs can only stay 20 years, CDRs 28 years, and CAPTs for 30 years.

In addition, the Medical and Dental Corps are “DOPMA exempt” when it comes to our promotion zones. This is why it is easy to predict when Medical Corps officers are going to be in zone. Our promotion zones are not reliant on how many senior physicians left the service.

The Nurse and Medical Service Corps are not DOPMA exempt. Their promotion zones vary from year to year depending on how many senior nurses or MSCs get out of the service.

For example, a Commander MSC friend of mine was stuck waiting for promotion to O6 until one of the CAPTs in his community retired. That would not happen to a physician or dentist because we are DOPMA exempt.

DOPMA has been under fire recently and is getting some attention toward revising it, which you can read about here:

The Defense Officer Personnel Management Act faces scrutiny in 2018

Up-or-out rules get new scrutiny from Congress


2017 on MCCareer.org – A Review

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Thanks to all of you who have made 2017 a successful year for MCCareer.org.  Here is a recap of 2017:

  • Total Website Views –  86,019 (up from 43,673 in 2016 and 10,870 in 2015)
  • Total Visitors – 32,541 (up from 18,373 in 2016 and 3,705 in 2015)
  • Posts Published – 185 (up from 133 in 2016 and 69 in 2015)
  • Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep – 3,091 views (up from 2,100 views in 2016)
  • Joel Schofer’s Fitrep Prep – 1,793 views (new in 2017)
  • Total Income – Negative $99 (the cost of the site for the year, same as last year)
  • Total Hours Spent On It – Hundreds! (same as last year)

Here are the top 10 posts/pages that weren’t the announcement of a promotion list (which are always very popular):

  1. Joel Schofer’s Promo Prep
  2. Useful Documents
  3. Joel Schofer’s Fitrep Prep
  4. LCDR Fitreps – Language for Writing Your Block 41
  5. Useful Links
  6. Personal Finance
  7. Consolidated Special Pays
  8. About Me (who knew I was so popular and interesting?)
  9. Career Consult & Record Review
  10. What are AQDs and How Do You Get Them?

Thanks for your support!

PoF Blog Post – Financial Implications of Leaving a Military Medicine Position

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One of my readers pointed me to this blog post on Physician on Fire, which many of you will find interesting:

Financial Implications of Leaving a Military Medicine Position

If you’d like my own thoughts on the value of a military pension, you can read them here:

How Valuable is a Military Pension?