Neurosurgeon

A neurosurgeon examines, diagnoses, and performs surgeries as required in cases of patients suffering from disease, injury, or disorder of the nervous system. As an Officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you can build a distinguished medical career while making a difference in the lives of the Soldiers and their families.
Job Duties
Examine, diagnose, and perform surgery as required in cases of patients suffering from disease, injury, or disorder of the nervous system.
Requirements
Active Duty
Current license to practice medicine in the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico
Eligibility for board certification
Completion of at least one year of an approved graduate medical education internship
Completion of a training program in neurosurgery
Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
Must be a U.S. citizen
Army Reserve
In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.
Training
In the U.S. Army, physicians gain experience that far exceeds the medical care environment of the private sector. As an Army Medical Corps Officer, you'll have access to the most sophisticated technology, and you will have the opportunity to consult with experts in both the military and private sector. In addition, you will have exceptional professional growth opportunities, including continuing education courses, seminars and conferences. Physicians may even serve as faculty at one of our prestigious Graduate Medical Education programs.
For physicians just starting out, the Army Medical Corps offers first-year graduate medical education, residency and fellowship programs. Qualifying medical school students can also benefit through unique training opportunities exclusive to Army Medical Corps Officers. Medical Corps Officers will also attend certain military short courses designed to develop and enhance the tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment.
Helpful Skills
The normal environment of an Army Medical Corps officer's work requires time-sensitive problem analysis with an accurate, sound and immediate decision. Ability to operate under stress, apply critical thinking skills, make decisions and translate these skills to battlefield conditions is critical to medical and mission success.
Effective patient care requires the proper balance between technical skills and the ability to apply appropriate treatment. Army Medical Corps Officers have expert knowledge in their area of concentration, patient management, and general support and coordination principles. Physicians gain this knowledge through mentoring, training, continuous self-development and progressive levels of assignments within their specialty.
Compensation
ACTIVE BENEFITS:
In addition to the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you'll be rewarded with:
30 days of paid vacation earned annually
Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
RESERVE BENEFITS:
Health Professional Special Pay
Health Professions Loan Repayment
Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying Service
Low-cost life and dental insurance
Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions
Both active and Reserve duty Officers enjoy commissary and post exchange shopping privileges and a flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k). Officers may also receive pay for continuing education.
Education Benefits
ACTIVE:
Not only are physicians paid as commissioned officers but they also are eligible to receive special pay incentives and take advantage of unique education benefits. Through the Health Professions Scholarship Program, the Army Medical Corps will pay 100 percent of a student's tuition, as well as expenses for required books, equipment and most academic fees. Medical students may also be eligible to receive a sign-on bonus. Active duty physicians with the U.S. Army health care team can earn up to $120,000 in student loan repayment through our Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program.
RESERVE:
One of the many advantages of becoming a member of the U.S. Army Reserve health care team is that you'll be able to focus on patient care instead of medical school loans. By continuing to practice in your own community and serving when needed, you may qualify for HPLR to repay your medical school loans.
Future Civilian Careers
As you advance through your medical career, you will be looking for experiences that blend teaching, research and clinical excellence to best prepare you for unique and challenging opportunities in medicine. Our physicians excel in the clinical, research, operational, academic and health administration arenas. Many have worked in more than one career track throughout their time in the U.S. Army and have held leadership positions ahead of their private sector counterparts.
U.S. Army physicians are highly desired candidates for competitive private sector jobs upon leaving the Army. In fact, many former U.S. Army physicians serve as faculty in elite medical schools and residency programs, and our fellows are accepted by many renowned training institutions.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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