How Physicians Can Work for the US Government

The journey of a physician or a physician assistant (PA) seeking employment with the US government can seem daunting at first. With myriad pathways, each with its own set of requirements and benefits, navigating this landscape requires a guide that understands not only the destination but also the starting point. Greenlife Healthcare Staffing presents this comprehensive guide to illuminate this path, offering insights that make the process easy, quick, and seamless.

Understanding the Landscape

The US government employs physicians and PAs across various departments and agencies, offering a unique opportunity to serve the community on a grand scale. Whether it’s working in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, the Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each role comes with its own set of qualifications and rewards. For instance, working within the VA system emphasizes serving veterans, with competitive salaries and comprehensive insurance options.

Meeting the Requirements

The basic requirements for physicians aiming to work in the government sector include degrees from accredited medical schools in the United States or Canada, or equivalent qualifications for degrees obtained from foreign medical schools. Licensure varies across different levels, requiring postgraduate medical education and experience. For those looking at opportunities within the USPHS Commissioned Corps, an M.D. or D.O. degree, one year of postgraduate education, and a current, unrestricted medical license are prerequisites.

The Path to CDC

For those drawn to cutting-edge medical research and public health, the CDC offers positions that impact health not just nationally, but globally. Medical officers at the CDC can choose between Civil Service and the Commissioned Corps, each offering distinct pay structures and benefits. This flexibility allows physicians to tailor their career path to their personal and professional needs.

Why Choose Greenlife Healthcare Staffing?

The process of applying for a government position can be overwhelming, given the stringent requirements and the competitive nature of the application process. This is where Greenlife Healthcare Staffing comes in. Our expertise in the healthcare staffing industry enables us to streamline the process, guiding you through each step with personalized advice and support.

The Greenlife Promise

Our team at Greenlife Healthcare Staffing is dedicated to making your job search as smooth as possible. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities within the US government sector and leverage this knowledge to benefit our clients. By choosing Greenlife, you’re not just getting a staffing agency; you’re gaining a partner committed to finding you a role where you can thrive and make a difference.


The opportunity to work for the US government as a physician or PA is not only prestigious but also immensely rewarding, offering the chance to serve the community on a large scale. With the right guidance from Greenlife Healthcare Staffing, navigating the complexities of the application process can become less daunting and more of an exciting journey toward your next career milestone.



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