Martin Lloyd Sanders | United States Public Health Service | Commissioned Corps
Capt Martin Lloyd Sanders was appointed by the Surgeon General of the United States as Chief Scientist for the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). In his words, Capt Sanders briefly shares his responsibilities as such:
“As Chief Scientist for the USPHS, I am responsible for providing leadership and coordination of Public Health Service scientist professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services. I provide guidance and advice to the Surgeon General and the Scientist Professional Advisory Committee on matters such as recruitment, retention, and career development of Public Health Service scientists and officer in general.”
If you’re looking to join the USPHS as an officer in the Commissioned Corps, and specifically in the field of Science and Research, Martin Lloyd Sanders briefly talks about career options, requirements, and benefits in this post.
Science and Research Health Professions
An exciting career awaits those who wish to join the USPHS as a Commissioned Corps officer, enthuses Capt Martin Lloyd Sanders. Being part of the USPHS means you will play an active role in fighting and preventing diseases, research, and providing assistance to individuals and families living in underserved communities. To qualify for the Science and Research Health Professions, you must have a doctorate in a scientific or health-related specialty (Ph.D., D.P.H., D.Sc., or Ed.D.).
Capt Martin Lloyd Sanders received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis in 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1997. CAPT Sanders is also certified by the American Biological Safety Association as both a Certified Biological Safety Professional and a Registered Biosafety Professional.
Other basic requirements include: U.S. native or naturalized citizen, not older than 44 years old, and no more than eight years of prior active duty service “in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps.”
There are numerous benefits to serving in the USPHS as a Commissioned Corps officer. Apart from a competitive starting pay (with increases based on promotions and years of service), officers also receive free healthcare and dental care services, 30 days of yearly paid vacation leave (starting on your first year with the USPHS), paid sick leave, paid maternity leave, paid federal holidays, and retirement savings plan.
It is also worth mentioning here that your family will receive affordable health and dental care, and your healthcare benefits will continue upon your retirement (throughout your retirement years). As you can see, Capt Martin Lloyd Sanders shares, joining the USPHS is a good career move.
Note: Application acceptance is based on the current vacancies in the Corps. Martin Lloyd Sanders advises that you check the USPHS website to see their current vacancies for the Commissioned Corps professions.
In the coming days, CAPT Martin Sanders will share more posts on careers in the USPHS, not only in the field of Science and Research Health but in other fields as well (for physicians, dentists, clinical and rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, engineers, environmental health professionals, nurses, pharmacists, and other health services)