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Army offering incentives to medical specialties

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The U.S. Army is looking for motivated health professionals and has added eight medical specialties to the list of part-time careers eligible for $25,000-$75,000 in bonuses per year.

In addition to the original four specialties – General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine – the following have been added to the Army Reserve incentive list:

Family Medicine
Anesthesiology
Psychiatry
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Radiology
Preventative Medicine
Comprehensive Dentist
Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon

Current bonuses vary depending on the specialty and total number of years the individual signs up to serve.

“A general surgeon could elect the bonus for four years and receive $75,000 a year for four years; a total of $300,000,” said Martin Stubeda, director of health service at U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

 

 

Benefits to Army Reserve Medical Professionals

  • The Army Reserve offers unique training and experience that might be more difficult to obtain in a civilian setting; from unique clinical courses to exposure in diverse clinical environments.
  • Army Reserve service can hone critical leadership skills that will pay big dividends for professionals in a civilian workplace and community.
  • Army Medical Department officers lead small medical groups, sections, or clinics. This experience will compliment a provider’s civilian position.
  • Army Reserve medical professionals typically serve one weekend a month and two full weeks per year.
  • Army Reserve medical professionals are eligible to receive retirement pay at age 60 with 20 years of service and can make Thrift Savings Plan contributions with additional Army-paid contributions

The Army is committed to recruiting a quality force and offers scholarships and incentives for almost every type of healthcare provider, more than 50 different specialties of physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians and other providers.

Army Medicine Highlights

  • The Army cares for nearly 4 million beneficiaries worldwide.
  • The Army provides more than 11 million outpatient visits per year.
  • Army researchers continue to make historic breakthroughs in breast cancer research, wound and burn treatment protocols, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury treatments.
  • The Army today maintains a 90+ percent survival rate for wounded Soldiers, compared to a 76 percent survival rate during the Vietnam War, largely due to changes in the immediate life-saving care and emergency transportation of the wounded.
  • On the average day, the Army Medical Department brings 71 babies into the world, gives 9,388 immunizations, performs 56,503 lab procedures, 26,000 dental procedures, 2,259 outpatient veterinarian procedures and makes 401 food safety visits.
  • The graduate program in Anesthesia Nursing was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in 2015.
  • The first-time board pass rate for Army physicians is 95 percent.

Those wishing to practice medicine in the Army must undergo all screening measures, just as any other recruit, to ensure they meet all cognitive, physical and moral requirements, and also have a genuine desire to serve their country and Soldiers in both stateside medical centers and in operational environments overseas.

For more information or to request an interview about medical specialty incentives, contact U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade Public Affairs at army.ppp@mail.mil or (502) 626-0141.