Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Scientist Professional Advisory Committee

Career Development Subcommittee

Chair: LCDR Tyann Blessington

Co-Chair: CDR Eric Zhou

Co-Chair: LCDR Rory Geyer

Standard Operating Procedure [PDF]


To advise the SciPAC on issues affecting Scientist Officers' assignments, evaluations, promotions, and career progression.

  • Provide guidance on Scientist Category CV
  • Coordinate a CV/OS Review Service for Scientist Officers
  • Provide weekly job lists for Scientist Category Officers
  • Update the Scientist Officer Handbook
  • Provide information regarding promotion, position classification (billets), the Commissioned Officers Evaluation Report (COER), and training

Career Development Subcommittee TEAMS

The roles and responsibilities of the Career Development Subcommittee are currently divided across a number of teams, given the breadth of activities.

Administration Team

This team provides administrative support to the SciPAC Career Development Subcommittee, including providing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and maintaining the Subcommittee roster.

CV Guidance Update Team

The most current Scientist Officer CV guidelines were updated in 2018. This team is developing updated OS guidance for Scientist Category Officers, including a generic example OS.

Scientist Officer CV Formatting Guidelines  - last updated in 2018

Scientist Category Officer Statement (OS) Guidance – last updated in 2015

CV/OS Review Team

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Officer Statement (OS) review service is provided each fall for promotion-eligible Scientist Officers, and a more intensive document review for officers who have been denied promotion after multiple attempts, offered after the release of promotion results. The Career Development Subcommittee will solicit promotion documents for review during monthly SciPAC calls and through the Scientist Category listserv, and will also request volunteers to help with these reviews. All Scientist Officers are strongly encouraged to follow the most current SciPAC CV Guidelines when creating or updating their CV. If you are interested in having your CV reviewed at another time during the year, please contact the Career Development Subcommittee Chairperson or Co-Chairperson(s).

Job List Team

This is a new team to help inform Scientist Category Officers about billets that are currently available, by sending out a weekly job list for billet types most relevant for Scientist Officers. The job list highlights the range of billet opportunities, and should help those currently seeking a new billet as well as those interested in career progression and planning for the future. With the sharing of the job list, the team aims to help Officers position themselves for these positions either immediately or for future career planning.

Promotion Panel Team

This team collects information from recently-promoted officers through both panels and surveys, to better understand the promotion process and the factors that may contribute to successful promotion of Scientist officers. This team provides information regarding presentations during SciPAC calls, as well as interviews recently promoted Officers to better under the promotion process.

Scientist Officer Handbook Team

The Scientist Officer Handbook provides Scientist Officers with guidance on various topics related to career development: (1) performance, (2) education and training, (3) career progression and potential, (4) officership, and (5) readiness. This team reviews the Handbook on a regular basis to provide the most current information to Scientist Officers. Individual chapters can be accessed from the Scientist Officer Handbook  webpage under Resources and Links.

SOP Team

This team provides updates to the SOP.

Training Team

This team provides professional training seminars and presentations related to the career development of Scientist Officers. These trainings occur after the regular SciPAC general meetings and are announced via the Scientist Category listserv. Past trainings have included presentations on preparing for promotion, exceptional proficiency promotion, retirement, and award writing. If you have suggestions for training topics, please contact the Career Development Subcommittee Chairperson or Co-Chairpersons.

Website Liaison Team

This team serves as ad-hoc members of the SciPAC Website Subcommittee. The team monitors the SciPAC Career Development Subcommittee website, assists with reviewing content and documents to ensure they are ready for posting, and develop requests for website updates.

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