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“Protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the Nation”

Who are We?: 

Who are We? U.S. Public Health Service: Highly-trained and mobile health professionals The nation’s foremost health service A principle component of the Department of Health and Human Services

Seven Uniformed Services of the U.S.: 

Seven Uniformed Services of the U.S.


USPHS Part of Department of Health and Human Services Led by the Surgeon General Dual Personnel System 60,000 employees total 6,000 Commissioned Corps Officers

Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH: 

Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH Acting Surgeon General of the United States


Mission To protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the Nation through: rapid and effective response to public health needs leadership and excellence in public health practices advancement of public health science

Our Origins: 

Our Origins 1798 Creation of PHS to provide for care and relief of sick and injured merchant seaman 1870 Reorganization to create a Marine Hospital Service 1889 Formalized by Congress as the Commissioned Corps 1912 Renamed Public Health Service because of broadening responsibilities 1939 Became part of the Federal Security Agency 1980 Became part of the Department of Health and Human Services

PHS Seal: 

PHS Seal Associated with the Greek god Mercury, used to symbolize trade or commerce (hence, PHS’ relationship with merchant seaman and maritime industry) Later became symbol of medicine Fouled Anchor = seaman in distress Caduceus (winged wand with 2 serpents intertwined)

PHS Flag: 

PHS Flag Evolved out of the quarantine flag used by the Service on quarantine vessels and stations Blue and yellow colors of the PHS represent its roots in maritime and quarantine activities

Where are we located?: 

Where are we located? Almost anywhere and everywhere in the United States Whether you prefer urban or rural - or east west north or south - we have a location for you

Duty Locations Coast to Coast: 

Duty Locations Coast to Coast Washington DC Arizona New Mexico South Dakota Washington

Where do PHS Officers Work?: 

Where do PHS Officers Work?

Where do PHS Pharmacists Work?: 

Where do PHS Pharmacists Work? Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Indian Health Service (IHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Program Support Center (PSC) Office of the Secretary (OS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) United State Coast Guard (USCG)

Indian Health Service: 

Indian Health Service Principal Federal healthcare advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives Serves over 550 Federally recognized tribes in 35 States Comprehensive healthcare services, including preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and environmental. Most IHS facilities are west of the Mississippi Northern Plains States Southwest Pacific Northwest Alaska

Health Resources and Services Administration: 

Directs national health programs that improve the Nation's health Assures equitable access to comprehensive, quality healthcare for all Goals: to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS to provide primary healthcare to medically underserved people to serve women and children through State programs to train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities Health Resources and Services Administration


Component of the Department of Homeland Security One of the seven Uniformed Services, and is the smallest of the five armed services Headquarters in Washington, DC Opportunities throughout the US New Jersey New York Florida New Orleans California Alaska Puerto Rico


FDA's responsibilities involve regulating: Food Cosmetics Medicines and medical devices Radiation-emitting products Feed and drugs for pets Biological products Blood Products Vaccines FDA monitors the manufacture, import, transport, storage, and sale of about $1 trillion worth of products each year

Federal Bureau of Prisons: 

Federal Bureau of Prisons To protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, appropriately secure, and which provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens.  Operates a system of Federal penitentiaries across the country Settings range from small infirmaries to 500 bed tertiary care hospitals


Federal focal point for medical research in the U.S. Comprised of 27 separate Institutes and Centers 75 buildings on more that 300 acres in Bethesda, MD Mission: to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone


Approximately 8,500 employees in 170 occupations Conducts epidemiological research and surveillance throughout the world Employs researchers and scientists who conduct research on disease, serve on multi-disciplinary epidemic response teams, and provide assistance in domestic or international crises Sponsors scientists conducting field research and assigns staff to state and local health departments Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mission – to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.   SAMHSA includes three centers Center for Mental Health Services Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Centers work with States, communities, and private organizations

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services: 

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Headquarters in Washington, DC Opportunities throughout the US New York Florida Texas Arizona California Puerto Rico


Mission: to assure health care security for beneficiaries Vision: to open our programs to full partnership with the entire health community to improve quality and efficiency in an evolving health care system. Goals: To provide access to quality care To provide services to beneficiaries To provide program administration to run CMS programs

Sample Pharmacist Billets: 

Sample Pharmacist Billets FDA: Safety Evaluator -Reviewing and evaluating pre-market proposed proprietary drug and biological names and product characteristics to determine the likelihood of confusion with existing products in the marketplace. -Reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating the medication error reports for pre-market and post-market drug and biological products which are submitted to the FDA or cited in the scientific literature -Serving as a scientific advisor on adverse reactions associated with drug and biological products and on the safety of drug and biological products within FDA

Sample Pharmacist Billets: 

Sample Pharmacist Billets IHS: Assistant Chief Pharmacist (Inpatient) -Serving as a Clinical Pharmacist for the ICU & Residency Program Director at the Indian Health Service Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) -Directing and coordinating clinical and distributive pharmacy services at this 110-bed facility -Providing pharmacotherapy services and distributive pharmacy services for ICU patients -Developing and implementing medication use policies -Developing and coordinating the ASHP accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at PIMC -Optimizing use of the pharmacy budget -Being an active member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

Sample Pharmacist Billets: 

Sample Pharmacist Billets HRSA: Branch Chief for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) -Leading a team responsible for monitoring established ADAPs to improve health care for individuals and families affected by HIV -Establishing ADAP priorities to respond to issues that impact planning and delivery of HIV care services -Developing strategies for delivering care for HIV/AIDS -Guiding grantees to use the most cost-effective methods to purchase medications -Assisting grantees in making formulary decisions -Preparing budget forecasting reports -Developing on-site program reviews of compliance with ADAP mandates and regulations -Addressing medication distribution strategies in resource-poor countries

Sample Pharmacist Billets: 

Sample Pharmacist Billets NIH: Head of the Protocol and Information Office -Coordination of the administrative portion of the development and implementation of oncology clinical trials to assure patient safety -Optimization of scientific objectives, regulatory compliance, and efficient use of resources -Acting as a project manager to develop software to improve the efficiency of oncology clinical trials at the NCI by leveraging technology

Sample Pharmacist Billets: 

Sample Pharmacist Billets Learn more about pharmacist roles at: Pharmacists Learning and Networking Together (PLANT)

Why Should YOU Be a Part of PHS Pharmacy?: 

Why Should YOU Be a Part of PHS Pharmacy?


Benefits Quality of Practice Opportunities for Growth Make a Difference Quality of Life Perks Compensation

Quality of Practice: 

Quality of Practice When asked why they became a pharmacist, over 80% of pharmacists answered “to help people”

Quality of Practice: 

Quality of Practice Would you prefer a practice wherein you are included in the decision process with other professionals, helping to manage treatment, utilizing the patient's medical record, and counseling every patient about their drug therapy? How about practice settings where you and other providers sit down as a team and talk about your patient's drug therapy? Would you like to really use your education to help people and make a difference?

Opportunities for Growth: 

Opportunities for Growth As a member of a single organization that has pharmacists in every state, you are involved in patient care, new drug approval and monitoring, medical research, healthcare policy, and epidemiology.

Opportunities for Growth: 

Opportunities for Growth You have opportunities to make an impact on the public health of this entire nation with only ONE state license.

Quality of Life: 

Quality of Life Is it important for you to have time to spend with your family and friends, doing the things you enjoy?

Quality of Life: 

Quality of Life 30 days of annual leave may carry over 60 days per year) plus 10 federal holidays ! Sick and maternity leave as medically necessary

Quality of Life: 

Quality of Life Diverse geographical locations

Quality of Life: 

Quality of Life Different agencies/programs Benefits accompany officers when transferring agencies/programs

Quality of Life: 

Quality of Life Be prepared to enjoy a camaraderie and sense of common purpose unlike anything you have yet experienced.

Office of Force Readiness and Deployment (OFRD)–formerly CCRF: 

Office of Force Readiness and Deployment (OFRD)–formerly CCRF PHS-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) PHS-1 Rapid Deployment Force (RDF)

OFRD - Make a Difference: 

OFRD - Make a Difference Hurricanes – September 2004 World Trade Center Attacks – Sept 2001

2005 – A Record Year for OFRD Pharmacists: 

2005 – A Record Year for OFRD Pharmacists In 2005, hurricanes ravaged many parts of the United States leaving thousands of people homeless and in need of medical care. Nearly 400 US Public Health Service Pharmacists assisted with relief efforts for Hurricanes Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

OFRD Pharmacist Opportunities: 

OFRD Pharmacist Opportunities Vaccination Teams Temporary Hospitals Special Needs Shelters General Shelter Clinics Mobile Medical Clinics/Pharmacies Pharmacist assistance at disaster stricken hospitals

OFRD Pharmacist Opportunities: 

OFRD Pharmacist Opportunities Incident Regional Coordination Team (formerly SERT) Operations, Planning, and Logistics Team Leaders and Incident Commanders Public Health Assessment and Inspection Teams Liaisons State Emergency Operations Center Homeland Security incident Management Group

OFRD - Missions of the Past: 

OFRD - Missions of the Past 2005 - Hurricane Relief for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma 2004 Hurricane Relief in Florida for Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne 2002 Back fill for pharmacists at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD 2001 Mass Medication Distribution for Anthrax Prophylaxis following September 11th, 2001

OFRD - Above and Beyond: 

OFRD - Above and Beyond USPHS pharmacists have volunteered to serve overseas in assisting foreign Ministry of Health departments to establish health care systems Thailand (2005) Iraq (2004) Haiti (2004)

OFRD Helping those in need: 

OFRD Helping those in need As part of something larger than yourself, you have unique opportunities to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Transformation of CC: 

Transformation of CC Goals: Increase CC ranks Increase the number of officers by 10 percent, to 6,600 members Streamline CC assignment and deployment process Improve response operations and team-oriented deployment process Increase CC ability to recruit the best and brightest to defend the nation's public health Change the recruitment process so that it includes stronger personal incentive programs and a better approach for assigning officers

Transformation of CC: 

Transformation of CC OFRD – 4 tiered deployment response team: Tier One: Five Rapid Deployment Force teams and ten Incident Regional Coordination Teams (formerly SERTs) expected to report to a point of departure within 12 hours of notification Tier Two: Five Applied Public Health Teams and five Mental Health teams expected to report to a point of departure within 36 hours of notification Tier Three Every other active duty officer in the Commissioned Corps expected to report to a point of departure within 72 hours of notification deployment on a regular basis, either to augment Tier 1 or Tier 2 teams, or to provide specific requested skills when required Tier Four: - officers in the Inactive Reserve Corps


Perks Privileges Moving expenses are paid by the government Commissioned officers may qualify for the G.I. Bill to supplement additional educational pursuits Officers may also qualify for housing loans through the Department of Veterans Affairs


Compensation Taxable Base Pay Pharmacy Accession Bonus - Requires Contract of Service Pharmacy Special Pay Non-Taxable Housing Allowance Subsistence


Compensation Please note that Pharmacist Special Pays are now in effect! - Variable Special Pay for Pharmacists - Board Certification Pay


Compensation Good News for Recent Graduates!! The USPHS gives you an entire YEAR from your date of graduation to become licensed. In the meantime, you get FULLY PAID as a pharmacist!!


Perks Retirement After 20 years of active service: retired pay = 50% of average base pay during past 36 months Non-contributory retirement based on 20-30 year career For each additional year of service: retired pay multiplier increases by 2.5% to a maximum of 75% at 30 years of service


Perks Insurance No-cost healthcare at Uniformed Services facilities (for you and your dependents) no payroll deduction no deductibles or copays


Perks Insurance Malpractice insurance is not necessary when practicing in a federal facility (coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act)


Perks Privileges Access to Department of Defense benefits: Military bases Officer’s clubs Exchanges Guest housing Commissaries Space-Available travel

Eligibility Criteria: 

Eligibility Criteria U.S. citizenship Less than 44 years of age Graduate of an accredited College or University in United States Less than 8 years of active duty in another uniformed service (waivers may be considered for hard to fill and isolated hardship sites ) Good health

How to Get Started?: 

How to Get Started? Visit Fill out an online application Pursue employment with any of the Commissioned Corps affiliated Agencies

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (COSTEP): 

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (COSTEP)

JR COSTEP Program: 

JR COSTEP Program Serve for periods ranging from 31 to 120 days No obligation to serve in the Commissioned Corps after graduation Credit given for JRCOSTEP time for pay and retirement purposes

SR COSTEP Program: 

SR COSTEP Program Assists students financially during their final academic year in return for an agreement to work for the PHS Commissioned Corps after graduation for twice the time sponsored Assigned to the sponsoring agency upon graduation

COSTEP Benefits: 

COSTEP Benefits Basic pay (taxable) Ensign (pay grade O-1) officer Allowances (non-taxable) Housing Allowance Subsistence Prior service in a Uniformed Service will count towards years of service for pay

Application Acceptance Dates: 

Application Acceptance Dates Junior COSTEP 1 June – 30 Sept (for positions during the following 1 Jan – 30 April) 1 Sept – 31 Dec (for positions during the following 1 May – 31 August) 1 Jan – 30 April (for positions during the following 1 Sept -31 Dec.) Applicants for JRCOSTEP who are currently in the next-to-last year of their professional education may also apply for SRCOSTEP. To apply for both programs, you may submit a single application packet. Senior COSTEP Applications must be postmarked by 31 Dec. for applicant whose final year begins in the fall of the succeeding year Example: 12/31/2006 for students entering their last year of pharmacy school in September 2007

Student Internships: 

Student Internships Food and Drug Administration Bureau of Prisons Indian Health Service National Institutes of Health

Post-Graduate Opportunities: 

Post-Graduate Opportunities Indian Health Service Residencies resident/resprgm.asp National Institutes of Health Ambulatory Fellowship (2 years) Pharmacokinetics Fellowship (2 slots) Oncology Specialty Residency


Ask any USPHS Pharmacist what we think of our career, and we will tell you that we made the right choice! You can, too!

PHS Hall of Fame: 

PHS Hall of Fame Look where we’ve “retired” to! CAPT James Minor Gilead Pharmaceuticals RADM Richard Bertin Executive Director of the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties RADM Fred Paavola Commander of AZ-1 DMAT CAPT Jerry Phillips Drug Safety Institute Gordon Johnston VP Regulatory Affairs at GPhA CAPT Bill Boyce Oregon State University Director Ensign Lucinda Maine Executive VP of AACP RADM Jerry Halperin Food, Drug, and Law Institute, President and CEO


Thanks for Your Interest in the USPHS!

How Do I Apply Again???: 

How Do I Apply Again??? Fill out an online application Pharmacy’s Best Kept Secret Pursue employment with any of the Commissioned Corps affiliated Agencies html


QUESTIONS? www.USPHS.GOV or 800.279.1605

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