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Everyone is Welcome!

Welcome to the official website of the Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG); a website dedicated to the Junior Officers of the United States Public Health Service.

Any junior officer at the rank of LCDR/O4 and below who participates in the JOAG meetings and serves on one of JOAG's committees or workgroups is considered an active participant of the JOAG. There is no formal process for becoming a general member.  If you are interested in leadership opportunities in JOAG please look here.

Subscribe to the JOAG Listserv

In addition to participating in our meetings and committees we also want to encourage you to join our Listserv, as this is the primary way we communicate with our fellow junior officers. To view the JOAG Listserv welcome letter click here [PDF]

 Subscribe, unsubscribe, or change your email address for the JOAG Listserv here.

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JOAG Publishes MWR Family Resource Guide

The MWR Family Resource Guide compiles PHS and non-PHS resources and information regarding deployment, permanent change of station, bereavement and retirement. This Guide is very useful for officers and their families!

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:35:00 EST

JOAG Publishes 2016 USPHS Symposium Special Edition of the JOAG Journal

JOAG is happy to announce that the 2016 USPHS Symposium Special Edition of the JOAG Journal has been published and is available for all officers to read. This publication includes hyperlinks; it is best viewed around 78% zoom, and note that photo captions are embedded in the images (hover your cursor over images for the caption to appear). Many thanks to all of the junior officers who submitted articles for this inaugural special edition! In service, LT Katie Bante Communications & Publications Committee Co-Chair

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:13:00 EST

Experienced Officers Needed for JOAG’s Peer-to-Peer Network

The JOAG Peer-to-Peer Networking Program is seeking experienced officers (2+ years) to join this exciting program. This is an opportunity to pair junior officers who have recently graduated from OBC with other junior officers who have 2+ years of experience in the Commissioned Corps. This program connects new junior officers with more experienced peer level officers, promotes camaraderie, and facilitates information exchange. We are currently in need of experienced officers (2+ years) from the following categories: • Dietitian • EHO • Engineer • Medical • Physical Therapist • Scientist. As an experienced officer, you will have the opportunity to assist new officers as they begin their new PHS careers. Experienced officers will provide new officers timely, factual advice and lessons learned from their first years in the PHS. Visit the Peer-to-Peer Network webpage for additional information. The webpage also includes the required enrollment forms. Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:35:00 EST

New JOAG Voting Members Selected for the 2016-2018 Term

JOAG is excited to announce the new JOAG Voting Members for the 2016-2018 term. Congratulations to the the following new voting members: Incoming PAC Liaisons: Physician: LCDR Jennifer Nelson (CDC, Atlanta GA); Dentist: LCDR Scott Eckhart (USCG, New London CT); HSO: LCDR Sara Azimi-Bolourian (HRSA, Rockville MD); Nurse: LCDR Brutrinia Cain (OS, Rockville MD); Engineer: LCDR Griff Miller (EPA, Philadelphia PA); EHO: LCDR Beth Osterink (USCG, Elizabeth City NC); and Therapist: LT Kevin Healy (BOP, Lexington KY). Incoming At-Large Members: LT Mekeshia Bates (Nurse – HRSA, Rockville MD); LCDR Margaret Caulk (HSO - FDA, Silver Spring MD); LCDR Linzi Allen (Pharmacy – IHS, Tahlequah OK); LT Christopher Sheehan (HSO - FDA, Jefferson, AR); LCDR Bic Nguyen (Pharmacy - FDA, Silver Spring MD); and LCDR Chitra Mahadevan (Pharmacy - FDA, Silver Spring MD). We have a broad range of agencies, geographic locations, and professions represented among them. JOAG looks forward to having this phenomenal group of leaders, along with what will be our 2nd year voting members, take the reins starting 1 October 2016! Congrats to all the new voting members, JOAG is honored to have you as our future leadership!

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:51:00 EST

COF to Partner with Junior Officers to Produce the Koop Speaker Series

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) will be working with junior officers to produce the Koop Speaker Series. The Koop Speaker Series will highlight a variety of public health issues. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with COF! Additional information regarding this speaker series will be provided at a later date.

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:45:00 EST

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