A cardiologist is a doctor with special training and skill in finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels. 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.
Examine, diagnose, and treat or recommend courses of treatment or therapy for patients, with particular emphasis on disorders of the cardiovascular system.
- 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 cardiology
- Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency isrequired for Reserve officers.
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.
In addition to the many privileges that come with being an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you will 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
- 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.