Expand your healing art – and your professional potential Medicine

For you, medicine isn’t just a job. It’s a mission. As a physician, Medical Officer and Reservist in America’s Navy, you can share your talents outside your daily routine. Helping others on base, at sea or at top military medical facilities. Where you’re exposed to advanced training and technology so progressive, the civilian sector may not even be aware of it yet.

Job Description

A principled practitioner. A medical ambassador. A humble servant to our nation. While the title of M.D. or D.O. is an honorable distinction, serving as a Navy Physician can be an even more enriching one. Whether you’re an established physician or just starting out, there are many exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunities.

You’ll practice something far beyond everyday medicine. In the course of your rounds, you'll treat our nation's sick and injured servicemembers. You may provide healing care for a child injured by a powerful storm that struck without warning. Or administer free vaccines to underprivileged families desperate for basic medical services.

Serving in America’s Navy Reserve, you can expand upon your role as a provider and make a difference in the world, all while earning an impressive benefits package that could include available sign-on bonuses, loan repayment assistance, specialty pay, educational incentives, travel and more.

This is not your typical emergency room, your average office or your local clinic. It is an encounter with Navy Medicine, which stands at the forefront of modern health care. With opportunities in any of 30 specialty and subspecialty areas. Here, you’ll have the chance to perform groundbreaking work. Pioneer the advancement of trauma treatment. Use virtual teleconferencing. Or even achieve milestones in everything from organ transplants to retinal implants, cryotherapy applications and next-generation vaccines.

Whatever the specifics, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists. And know this: The impact of your work and your service will go far beyond the time that you put in.

Specific Responsibilities

In America’s Navy Reserve, each physician is a respected Officer on a renowned team of specialists – anchoring one of the largest and most efficient health-care systems on earth.

Here, you’ll work with the latest tools and technologies at cutting-edge facilities stateside and abroad, merging the best aspects of civilian and military medicine to gain expertise and versatility that are unmatched.

Primarily, you’ll look after the medical needs of the brave men and women who serve our country, their families and other beneficiaries who have served. You may also fill in for deployed Active Duty Navy Medical Officers, working mainly at locations that are typically close to your home.

Navy Physicians in the Reserve go beyond the scope of traditional care, treating thousands of civilians globally each year. While serving, you’ll have the opportunity to forge partnerships with foreign governments; International Relief Teams; and organizations such as FEMA and USAID, delivering medical and civic assistance – and hope – to people in need.

Medical Specialties/Subspecialties

Navy Medicine offers practice opportunities in more than 30 specialty and subspecialty areas:

  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Fleet Marine Corps Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
    • Allergy/Immunology
    • Cardiology
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Nephrology
    • Pulmonary/Critical Care
    • Rheumatology
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology (subspecialties may be considered)
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology (subspecialties may be considered)
  • Physical Medicine
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Psychiatry (subspecialties may be considered)
  • Radiology
    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Interventional Radiology
    • Radiation Oncology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surface Medicine
  • Surgery
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Additional subspecialties may be considered
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Undersea/Diving Medicine
  • Urology

Financial Offers


As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Corps, you’ll receive a first-rate benefits package – including your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $75,000 in specialty pay
  • Up to $50,000 in medical school loan repayment assistance
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).


Reservists joining the Navy Medical Corps as residents can get:

  • A monthly stipend of $2,179 while completing your residency program
  • Plus up to $50,000 in medical school loan repayment assistance

Note: Offers based on service commitment. Contact a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for complete offer details.


Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Physicians in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer School (DCO) in Newport, RI. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options, Navy Reserve Medical Officers can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own practice – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Navy Medical Corps offers you a truly diverse variety of academic, clinical and operational settings in which to practice. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian hospital or setting you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

Career Advantages

In the Navy Medical Corps, your unrivaled experience as a medical professional will offer superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off in your civilian career. Beyond your affiliation with a world-class health-care network, you will take seasoned expertise, unmatched versatility and proven management skills into your own work. Making you stand out more – and putting you in high demand as a practicing physician.

And the more tangible benefits? Competitive pay. Points earned toward retirement benefits. Outstanding insurance options. And much more. Read more about the benefits of serving in the Navy Reserve.


General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

Citizenship – Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or foreign citizen licensed to practice in the U.S. (see a Navy Reserve Medical Officer Recruiter for details).

Education – Applicants must be a graduate of a medical school approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Medical Association (AMA). Or a graduate of a school of osteopathy approved by the American Osteopathic Association.

Foreign medical graduates must have completed a residency program approved by the AMA, be board-certified in a specialty considered critical to the Navy Reserve, and have at least two years of experience following completion of residency. Consideration is on a case-by-case basis.

Licensing – All candidates must be currently licensed to practice medicine, surgery or osteopathy in the United States. To be considered, applicants must be currently engaged in clinical practice of the specialty being considered.

Age – Candidates must be at least 20 and no older than 59 years of age at the time of appointment. Older applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending upon qualifications and the needs of the Navy Reserve.

More Information

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Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America’s Navy. Besides part-time opportunities in the Navy Reserve, full-time Active Duty positions are also available in this career area.