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Podiatry

US Navy podiatrist examines an infant’s feet while her mother looks on during a Pacific Partnership 2010 medical civic action program.

Podiatry

Navy Podiatrists specialize in foot and ankle issues with exposure to a wide variety of clinical and surgical cases. They’re a foundational part of the medical team dedicated to maintaining the operational readiness of our fighting and humanitarian forces – and helping them heal after they return home.

Navy Podiatrists specialize in foot and ankle issues with exposure to a wide variety of clinical and surgical cases. They’re a foundational part of the medical team dedicated to maintaining the operational readiness of our fighting and humanitarian forces – and helping them heal after they return home.

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About This Job

As a Navy Podiatrist, your skills will treat the feet, ankle and the lower extremity issues of servicemembers, their families, and those in need. Besides normal issues, you’ll treat bunion deformities, torn ligaments, and stress fractures.

You’ll partner with first-rate health-care providers, such as orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists, and have the opportunity to use your direct-access skills and practice as a critical part of a distinguished, professional medical team.

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As a Navy Podiatrist, your skills will treat the feet, ankle and the lower extremity issues of servicemembers, their families, and those in need. Besides normal issues, you’ll treat bunion deformities, torn ligaments, and stress fractures.

You’ll partner with first-rate health-care providers, such as orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists, and have the opportunity to use your direct-access skills and practice as a critical part of a distinguished, professional medical team.

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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Podiatrists in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Podiatrists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in hospitals stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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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.

Podiatrists 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 (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

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

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers you a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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Practicing Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance  
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • 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).

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To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Podiatrist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
  • Doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) degree from a college of podiatric medicine, accredited by the Council on Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
  • Current licensure in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia
  • Successful completion of surgical residency or an equivalent formal surgical training program
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate and podiatric medical school)
  • Completion of a two- to three-year postgraduate residency training program (APMA-approved) with an emphasis on surgical experience
  • Hospital staffing with privileges and credentials in good standing  
  • Board-qualified and board-certified

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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