Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Therapist Professional Advisory Committee

Educational Opportunities

Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute Course Opportunities:

The Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI) is a Tri-Service organization staffed by professionals from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. Our command is located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and offers both resident and non-resident joint medical readiness training courses as well as professional medical programs for over 4,000 students/year. To view a few of the courses that may be relevant for USPHS Therapists in future deployment and joint operation missions click here.

A complete list of courses and dates offered by DMRTI can be found at http://www.dmrti.army.mil

Other professional society websites have information on continuing education, evidence-based courses, and fellowship opportunities for therapists including:

The Joint Career and Development Committee (OCCO) has created a compilation of additional educational opportunities available to Public Health Service officers. It includes resources for degree opportunities, continuing education courses, online educational opportunities, fellowship opportunities, and financial resources. Please review the Training Opportunities and Resources Collaboration Paper [PDF - KB] for this information.

Officers also are advised to consult the HHS University for course opportunities.

In addition, training opportunities to enhance officership and readiness are available from

NIH Training Opportunity: The Physical Therapy Section at NIH offers a Clinical Research and Training Fellowship Program for Post Graduates, Academicians and Students. The program is comprised of two tracks: a two to six month program (Track A) or a six to one-year program (Track B). Career development opportunities also exist for those interested in CCRF clinical hours. Development in areas of clinical expertise include Metabolic Exercise Testing, Orthotic/brace training, and Pediatrics. Contact CDR Michaele Smith for more information: at michaele_smith@nih.gov or 301-402-3014.

Masters in Public Health (MPH): For those officers interested in pursuing degrees in public health related fields please go to http://www.mastersinpublichealth.net/ to see a compiled list of all online programs available.

Post 9-11 GI Bill Educational Benefit:

The Post - 9/11 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

When Can I Receive Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

Am I Eligible?

As a member of the U.S Public Health Service, you may be eligible if you:

  • served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001 and you are still on active duty or were honorably discharged from the active duty.
  • released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list.
  • released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve.
  • released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces.

You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001. For more information on the benefits of the 9-11 GI Bill log onto: http://www.gibill.va.gov/

STEPS TO RECEIVE THE 9-11 EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS:
  1. Review your benefit options at http://www.gibill.va.gov/
  2. Submit your application at http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/
  3. Confirm your enrollment certification

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