Defense Health Agency (DHA)
Tacoma, WA
Closing date
Jul 21, 2024

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Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on the Puget Sound, in Washington State, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is near the city of Lakewood, 10 minutes from Tacoma and 20 minutes from Olympia, the state capitol. JBLM is situated in a key location along Interstate 5, allowing easy access to Sea-Tac Airport and to the deep water ports of Tacoma and Seattle. Although the Army and Air Force missions have changed over the years, one thing has not changed-the natural setting of the base. On a clear day, majestic Mount Rainier looms on the horizon, towering over the other peaks of the Cascade Range. From the mountains to the deep waters of Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, the local areas abound in natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and now sports are a way of life in Washington State.

Working for the Department of Defense comes with an abundance of benefits and perks to include competitive compensation packages, paid-time off, medical benefits, student loan repayments, and retirement package with Thrift Savings Plan to include matching employer contributions. For more information, please visit the following link:



    The incumbent serves as a Medical Officer (Orthopedic Surgery) within the Department of Surgery,Madigan Army Medical Center. The individual is expected to perform independently and to haveconsultative responsibility of a high level of professional competence. The individual must be BoardCertified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and have authoritative intensive knowledgein the area of orthopedic surgery.
    1. The individual is responsible for maintenance of the highest standards of professional care in thefull spectrum of surgical management of orthopedic patients served by the facility. The incumbentmust have a high level of arthroscopic surgical skills for shoulder, knee, and ankle & must be skilled insurgical procedures of the joints. Incumbent manages operatively general orthopedic fracturesurgical cases; manages extremely difficult outpatient, inpatient, and operative orthopedic cases andmakes expert recommendations to the Chief of Orthopedics, Madigan Army Medical Center, regardingdefinitive management of these cases. The incumbent provides immediate evaluation andmanagement of emergent problems as they occur to individuals presented for care; providesprofessional advice to medical staff upon request, in emergency situations, with regard toprofessional management of patients being, treated; and assist other staff orthopedic surgeons inthe operating room as needed.
    2. The incumbent is responsible for the education of Orthopedic residents and serves as a member of the academic teaching faculty within orthopedics. The incumbent may be assigned responsibilities asthe assistant program director (orthopedics) and program director of the orthopedic PhysiciansAssistant training program. He/she is also responsible for the training of medical students and trainingof interns, technicians, and other physicians within the Medical Treatment Facility. Additionally, theincumbent is required to participate in and contribute to academic research & publication within thefield orthopedic surgery. The incumbent is required to participate in weekly pre-operativeconferences, daily staff briefings, and may represent the Department at other meetings as directedunder the direction of the Chief of Orthopedics.
    3. The incumbent will perform call in conjunction with other orthopedic surgeons. Additionally, theincumbent will be required to provide orthopedic surgical coverage at remote MTF's upon receipt ofvalidated taskings within the medical center. The incumbent may serve as the first or second linesupervisor with responsibilities for; reviewing and approving work schedules, annual and sick leaverequests, and certifying time and attendance reports; rate work performance and establishperformance standards/objectives; initiate request for personnel action(s) and training, interview andselect/non-select candidates for vacant cast technicians position; initiate request for overtimefunds; and similar supervisory duties and responsibilities.
    Performs other duties as assigned.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

Basic Requirement for Physician :

Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or equivalent from a school in the United States or Canada. This degree must have been accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association; Association of American Medical Colleges; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school must have provided education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States. Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Licensure: Applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, a candidate must have had at least one year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a one-year internship or the first year of a residency program in a hospital or an institution accredited for such training.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Residency Training: Applicants must have successfully completed the required accredited residency training in the specialty of the position to be filled (Family Medicine) and equivalent experience and training equal to at least 5 years. Experience may not be substituted for residency training that is required for the specialty identified.

NOTE: If selected, a salary quote will not be provided to you at the time of the initial job offer. The salary determination process begins after the initial job offer is accepted. This consists of the Activity Compensation Panel adding base pay and market pay to determine your starting salary and this will be provided to you once approved. Salary for physician positions is based on a tier scale, determined by the position specialty, grade, and locati on.




  • Promote, sustain, and enhance the health of our armed forces, veterans, and their families.
  • Train, develop, and equip a medical force that supports full spectrum operations.
  • Deliver leading-edge healthcare to our warriors and military families to optimize outcomes.



There are a lot of reasons you became a physician, but none of them included inflexible work schedules, burdensome administrative tasks, and dealing with insurance companies. By offering you exceptional employment benefits as well as the opportunity to practice at locations across the U.S. and around the world, DHA delivers you the work-life balance you have always been missing.


Practice your specialty and experience the unique career opportunities and benefits that can be found at the DHA.


The civilian physicians of the Defense Health Agency meet the healthcare needs of active duty and retired military personnel, and their families, at treatment facilities across the U.S. and around the world.


  • 250+ Locations Worldwide
  • 5 Million+ Under Our Care
  • Excellent Staffing Ratios
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities
  • Patient-Focused Care


  • Competitive Salary
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Recruitment Bonuses
  • Job Security
  • Supportive Work Environment


With job openings at more than 250 military medical facilities all across the U.S. and around the world, DHA offers you the chance to practice where you want.


  • Family Medicine
  • Internists
  • Pediatricians
  • Obstetricians & Gynecologists
  • Surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Neurologists
  • Allergists & Immunologists
  • Hospitalists
  • Urologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Dermatologists
  • Physical Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine Physicians
  • Radiologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

           AND MORE.




Dr Frank R

“As a civilian serving in the DHA, I get what I was missing most in my old practice. I was tired of the punishing work schedule and dealing with insurance and all the stress it brings. Now, I still practice alongside great physicians in a state-of-the-art facility, but in an environment that allows me to have a life outside the practice.

Best of all, even though I'm a civilian, I receive excellent federal benefits.”

Dr. Frank R

Evans Army Community Hospital

Fort Carson, CO.


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