Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Asian Pacific American Officers Committee

Career Development


The primary mission of the APAOC Career Development and Advancement Subcommittee is to promote and advance the career development of APAOC members. The main responsibilities for the subcommittee include:

  • Provide guidance and support to all APAOC members in career development and advancement.
  • Develop and promote the APAOC Mentorship Program.
  • Assist individual officer’s requests with regard to the career opportunities and PHS advancement matters.
  • Contact new Officer Basic Course (OBC) graduates interested in the mentorship program
  • Complete an Operational End of Year Accomplishments and Action Items Report for the APAOC Chair/Vice Chair that typically includes total number of mentor participants, total number of mentees, inquiries that were addressed, and other relevant subcommittee accomplishments that were achieved.
  • Attend APAOC General Membership and Voting Membership meetings and provide updates on Subcommittee progress. If neither Co-Chair can attend a meeting, an alternate should be arranged. The alternate shall provide an update on the Subcommittee’s progress on behalf of the Co-Chairs.


If you have any questions and interested in the Career Development and Advancement Subcommittee, please feel free to contact the subcommittee chair and co-chair:


CDR Harold Sano (; Alternate:  CDR Su-Lin Sun (

Co-Chair:  CDR Nguyet Ton (; Alternate:  LCDR Minh-Huong Doan (

Mentor Program

Career Development and Advancement Subcommittee develops and promotes the APAOC Mentorship Program. In the spring each year, the subcommittee calls for APAOC Mentoring Program Applicants. Mentors are assigned with mentees based on professional category designation and perceived strengths and weaknesses.

If you are interested in the APAOC Mentoring Program, please feel free to contact the chair and co-chair CDR Harold Sano ( and CDR Nguyet Ton (

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