Medical Department

The Medical Department Officer (MDR) performs a variety of administrative, patient care, and department head duties and functions pertaining to the complete operation of a shipboard Medical Department.

Specific duties include General Administration, Medical Administration, Healthcare, Fiscal & Supply, Training, Pest Control & Sanitation, Occupational Health, Preventive Medicine, Sexual Assault Prevention Response-Victim Advocate, Shipboard Operational Commitments, and maintaining all MDR certifications of eligibility.

The MDR is directly responsible to the Master while assigned onboard MSC ships, and ensures continuing application of and compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies.

Duties as a Medical Department Officer may include:

General Administration and Functions

  • Maintain all Medical Department records, including medical ledgers, logs, inventories, individual health records, and Department of Labor forms such as Federal Workers Compensation Forms, etc.

Fiscal and Supply

  • Responsible for all of the supply functions unique to the Medical Department. The incumbent carries out all policies and procedures concerning afloat medical equipment and supplies, including medical consumables and maintain inventory at prescribed levels.

Pest Control and Sanitation

  • Responsible for inspecting and reporting on the sanitation of the ship.
  • Ensure pest control managers certificate is current.
  • Monitor pest control spraying, trapping, and baiting.
  • Maintain the Pest Control Log.
  • Ensure that surveys, spraying, and pest control supplies are conducted by Navy approved pest control personnel and are entered in the appropriate logs.
  • Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained and stored.
  • Provide and maintain a pest control spill kit.
  • Conduct inspections of all food services spaces, storerooms, ship stores, and other spaces.
  • Inspect all fresh produce and refrigerated items coming aboard to ensure quality and that it is pest free.

Sexual Assault Prevention And Response – Victim Advocate

  • Serves as a shipboard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response-Victim Advocate.

Health Care

  • Provide, at a minimum, the equivalent level of care as that provided by a Navy Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman.
  • Provide and maintain Documentation of all care provided, in conformance with current clinical standards.
  • Support required medical quality assurance and quality improvement programs.


  • Conduct medical training lectures, to include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) training and preventive health education training.
  • Provide a review of current medications an individual may be taking, medical services available, personal hygiene and location, and use of emergency medical equipment.

Occupational Health and Preventive Medicine

  • Ensure that all physicals, medical surveillance, and chronic disease tracking and immunizations remain current and are scheduled appropriately.

Collateral Duty

  • Serve as primary Collection Site Coordinator (CSC) for the Drug Free Workplace Program (DFWP) and as alternate Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) onboard MSC Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) manned Ships.

Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron (MPSRON)

  • The MDR may be assigned to a Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron (MPSRON). The MDR assigned to an MPSRON, under routine conditions, has responsibilities that have a significant impact on the day-to-day operations of the MPSRON. When an MPSRON is called into action those MDR responsibilities will multiply in scope and importance depending on the specific assigned mission and location.

Everything described above is considered to be an essential function of these positions.
Members of the Medical Department must also be ready to perform other duties as assigned.

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