Story Number: NNS140624-04Release Date: 6/24/2014 7:43:00 AM
From Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting Command kicked off a week-long medical recruiting academy (MRA) program in San Diego June 23 for twenty-six Navy medical recruiters.
The course includes classroom instruction, guest presentations, and panel discussions by senior navy healthcare professionals, and a tour of the hospital departments at the Navy's premier medical facility, Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
Guest presentations will be given by Dr. James Chun, M.D., the career planner for the Navy's medical corps and Dr. Sandra Yerkes, M.D., a retired Navy captain, the director of the Navy's medical student accession program.
Lt. Richard Fail, a Medical Service Corps healthcare administrator and national trainer for the Navy's medical recruiting programs will host the 5-day course.
"Recruiting healthcare professionals for the Navy is one of the most difficult challenges we face," said Fail. "This course of instruction, however, not only prepares the recruiter to better understand the accession programs we offer, but more importantly, the day-to-day operations of Navy medicine, and how those healthcare professionals interact and play a vital role in the success of Navy medicine."
Finding new talent across America to join the Navy's elite healthcare team is a rigorous process. Navy medical recruiters are located at recruiting districts across the country and are responsible for meeting the Navy's healthcare goals. This training provides recruiters with the necessary knowledge and tools to make the recruiting process more engaging and efficient.
Today's Navy is comprised of approximately 10,800 active duty and 2,800 reserve medical department officers serving on the Navy medicine healthcare team. Medical/healthcare professionals serve in a wide-variety of locations around the world ashore or at sea--from small medical clinics to large, state-of-the art hospitals.
Navy Recruiting Command is comprised of twenty-six Recruiting Districts located across the country under two Regions, East and West. Approximately 4,200 Navy recruiters serve at Navy Recruiting Stations which are assigned to the Districts to support the Navy's recruiting goals in all areas active and reserve, and officer and enlisted.