Virtual Advanced Readiness Officer Courses (AROC)

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Two virtual AROC sessions are planned next year (Feb’22 and Aug’22).  OCONUS officers and those with extenuating circumstances will be given priority to these courses.  However, all eligible officers interested/available to participate are encouraged to apply for a student quota. Application info is in this document.

Advanced Readiness Officers Course (A-ROC)
Course TitleCourse NumberCourse Start DateCourse End DateNom Due Date
A-ROC22-30 Virtual14-Feb-2022 25-Feb-202227-Dec-2021
A-ROC22-80 Virtual15-Aug-202226-Aug-202227-Jun-2022

Virtual Healthcare Management Course – 10-13 JAN – O3/O4

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-Course dates:  10-13 Jan (Virtual)

-Nominations due NLT 11 Oct to CAPT Anthony Keller (contact info in the global)

-MC has 6 seats available.  Preference will be given to O-3 and O-4 officers with clinic level leadership interest.

-The JMESI Healthcare Management Course is a tri-Service training event designed for first time clinical supervisors. The course provides attendees with the administrative tools to successfully manage their clinical areas. Topics discussed include the following: Civilian Personnel, Contracting, Budgeting, Quality Management, tools available through the TRICARE Operations Center, Efficient Scheduling and Utilization Management, and more. Panel discussions allow the clinicians to ask direct questions and receive first-hand answers regarding management tools and practices that are or have the potential to impact the military healthcare management arena. Attendees participate in hands-on training with clinic administrative tools.

Systems Issues Affecting Record Updates and New Way to Add Degrees to Your OSR

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Thanks to all those who contacted me about this issue. This blog and the Promo Prep are truly crowdsourced. Here is the update from PERS:

“Due to recent NSIP/NES/OPINS server issues OSR/ODC updates are not happening until these issues are resolved. There is no estimated repair date at that this time. Any transcript sent since May 2021 is likely to not reflect until this issue is cleared. Please allow additional time for any education updates to reflect while techs continue to troubleshoot, contact MNCC for any updates, and submit Letters to Board if your OSR/ODC hasn’t updated. Please contact My Navy Career Center at or 1-833-330-6622 for routine business. This includes all matters with transcripts (with the exception of Navy-sponsored programs) and simple education record corrections.”

My takeaways:

  • If you can’t fix your record, don’t be surprised.
  • If you can’t fix your record, send a letter to the board.
  • In order to add degrees to your Officer Summary Record (OSR), send them to the My Navy Career Center (not the Joint Transcript Center). The instructions can be found on this page.

I’ll update the Promo Prep document as soon as I can, probably this weekend.

FY22 Leadership Course Catalog

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The annual Medical Corps leadership course catalog is here:

Please direct inquiries and applications to CAPT Anthony Keller (contact in the global) until 20 October 2021, then to the new Career Planner, CAPT Rhett Barrett (contact in the global) thereafter.

Seats Available for October Intermediate Executive Skills Course – O3/O4 – Noms Due Tomorrow!

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The Medical Corps Career Planner has seats for the upcoming Intermediate Executive Skills Course.  See description below.  Please have officers, O-3 through O-4 send their information on the below template, and apply to CAPT Anthony Keller directly (contact in the global):

Course Scope:

The Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute Intermediate Executive Skills Course (JMESI-IES) provides education and training on leadership and management skills necessary to successfully serve in an intermediate-level leadership position within a DHA medical treatment facility (MTF).  The course is designed to facilitate attainment of selected Joint Medical Executive Skills core competencies as identified by a Tri-Service review board of MHS senior leaders.

Course delivery format

Adobe Connect and/or MS Teams to deliver course presentations and lectures. We will also use Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) for WBT and course certificate tracking and DHA SharePoint for hosting course presentations, welcome letter, roster and other course information.  This course will be a virtual online course and will be held three times per year. The course has a blended learning, two-phase format.  Academic Hours: 45 (Includes 11 DL hours).  The virtual class phase is hosted by JMESI located at Joint Base San Antonio-Ft. Sam Houston, TX.

·        Phase One: Students must complete 11 web-based training (WBT) modules available through Joint Knowledge Online (

·        Phase Two: Students will be required to attend a 4-day virtual course hosted on Adobe Connect or other virtual formats available to us.

Update on Basic Readiness Officer Course (BROC)

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BLUF – You can still apply for AROC without completing BROC because it is not completely done/available yet.

BROC (the artist formerly known as Basic Medical Department Officer Course or BMDOC) has been partially updated:

Use the course numbers listed in the Search Engine to locate the course at Navy e-Learning. Currently only modules 1 and 2 have been confirmed at accessible. Because it is not complete, people are still allowed to apply for the Advanced Readiness Officer Course or AROD (the artict formerly known as AMDOC). All 4 modules are due to be completed by Dec 2021.

I’d direct any questions to the JMESP Website ( or via e-mail to

Free Naval Postgraduate School Course on Leading in a Cognitive Age (LCA)

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The course is designed for US Navy civilian GS-14 and GS-15s, active-duty Senior Chief Petty Officers, Master Chief Petty Officers, Lieutenant Commanders, Commanders, and Captains. The details are here:

Virtual Senior Leadership Course Openings

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The two Senior Leadership Courses (hosted by Naval Leadership and Ethics Center) in August still have several vacancies.  Courses are currently being conducted virtually, so it is a great opportunity to get the training and save command travel funding.  Dates for the courses are 2-6 Aug and 9-13 Aug, and registration is via CANTRAC.  More info follows.

Course Description:  The Navy Senior Leader Course (SLC) presents a 5-day seminar for Navy Senior Officers at the pay grade of O6, O5 and O5 selects.  This course is designed to facilitate formal leadership and ethics education for Navy Senior Officers to support Fleet Centered Leader Development (FCLD) and the CNO’s Leader Development Outcomes.  The course will prepare senior officers heading to fleet-wide positions requiring responsible, and comprehensive leadership abilities by promoting professional growth in ethics, self-awareness, leader development, and decision making.  SLC is an education class not a training class taught using the adult learning environment that benefits from seminar participation and experiential learning focusing on inter-active leadership development.  All students will participate in a personality assessment that is required to be complete prior to the class convening.

Process: Officers requesting SLC must contact their Command Staff Education and Training (SEAT) officer.  SEAT Officers will register officers utilizing CeTARS / eNTRS.  The class CIN is H-7C-0107; the Newport class CDP is 19UT; and the Dam Neck class CDP is 19UV. 

The Newport Course POC is CDR Jill Skeet, NC, USN and has offered to assist anyone have issues registering via CANTRAC.

Tips to Get Selected for GME – A 2021 Update

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With the recent release of the 2021 GME note, I’d like to re-post an updated version of this post. I’ve participated in the last seven GME selection boards and would like to offer tips for people looking to match for GME in the future.  We’ll cover general tips and those specific for medical students and those returning from an operational tour:

General Tips

  • You can increase your score by having publications.  If you want to give yourself the best chance of maximizing your score, you need multiple peer-reviewed publications.  Any publications or scholarly activity have the chance to get you points, but having multiple peer-reviewed publications is the goal you should be trying to reach.
  • Be realistic about your chances of matching.  If you are applying to a competitive specialty and you’ve failed a board exam or had to repeat a year in medical school, you are probably not going to match in that specialty.  There are some specialties where you can overcome a major blight on your record, but there are some where you can’t.  If this is applicable to you, the residency director or specialty leader should be able to give you some idea of your chances.  Will they be honest and direct with you?  I’m not sure, but it can’t hurt to ask.
  • If you are having trouble matching in the Navy for GME, you may have a better chance as a civilian.  By the time you pay back your commitment to the Navy, you are a wiser, more mature applicant that some civilian residency programs might prefer over an inexperienced medical student.  You’ll also find some fairly patriotic residency programs, usually with faculty who are prior military, that may take you despite your academic struggles.

Tips for Medical Students

  • Do everything you can to do a rotation with the GME program you want to match at.  You want them to know who you are.
  • We have started our transition to straight-through GME, so you’ll notice that most specialties are considering applications from medical students for straight-through GME.  If you don’t want to do straight-through and only want to apply for internship, you can opt out on MODS.
  • When you are applying, make sure your 2nd choice is not a popular internship (Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, etc.).  If you don’t match in your 1st choice and your 2nd choice is a popular internship, then it will likely have filled during the initial match.  This means you get put in the “intern scramble” and you’ll likely wind up in an internship you didn’t even list on your application.
  • Your backup plan if you don’t match should be an alternative program at the same site where you eventually want to match for residency.  For example, in my specialty (Emergency Medicine or EM) we only have residencies at NMCP and NMCSD.  If someone doesn’t match for an EM internship at NMCP or NMCSD, they will have a better chance of eventually matching for EM residency if they do an internship locally, like a transitional internship.  Internships at Walter Reed or any other hospital without an EM program are quality programs, but it is much easier to pledge the fraternity if you are physically present and can get to know people, attending conferences and journal clubs when you can.
  • You need to think about what you will do in your worst-case scenario, a 1-year civilian deferment for internship.  Many of the medical students I have interviewed did not have a plan if they got a 1-year deferment.  I think every medical student needs to pick a few civilian transitional year internships (or whatever internship they want) and apply to those just in case they get a 1-year deferment.  Per the BUMED note, this is required.  Most medical students do not grasp the concept that this could happen to them and have no plan to deal with it if it does.  It is an unlikely event, especially if you are a strong applicant, but it is something you need to think through.
  • Similarly, if your first choice specialty is offering civilian NADDS deferments, you need to apply to civilian residency programs.  This is also required, per the BUMED note.  You don’t want to find out that you were given a NADDS deferment but you didn’t apply for civilian residency programs.  This happens to people all the time.  Don’t be that student.

Tips for Applicants Returning from Operational Tours

  • You should show up whenever you can for conferences and journal clubs.  Again, you want them to know who you are and by attending these events when you can you demonstrate your commitment to the specialty and their program.
  • Always get a warfare device (if one is available) during your operational tour.  Not having it is a red flag.
  • Closely examine the GME note and by-site goals.  You’ll see that some specialties are offering full-time outservice (FTOS) or civilian deferment (RAD-to-NADDS).  If you are in one of these specialties, you need to consider applying for civilian residency programs.  If you are unsure, you should probably talk to the specialty leader for whatever specialty you are applying for.

Great Time to Enroll in the Advanced Readiness Officer Course (the updated AMDOC)

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Now that the FY22 boards have met, we are seeing a lull in AROC (the artist formerly known as AMDOC) enrollment.  Now is a good time to get signed up for future classes.  Registration can be completed at: