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A Conversation with RADM (ret) Scott Giberson

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A Conversation with RADM (ret) Scott Giberson

Modern U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps culture and history wouldn't be complete without hearing from this officer! RADM (ret) Scott Giberson started his U.S. Public Health Service career as a pharmacist in the Indian Health Service (IHS). He was a staunch advocate for advanced pharmacy practice. After responding to the 9/11 anthrax attacks in 2001, he was tapped to serve as senior public health advisor for U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). He eventually went on to serve as the national IHS HIV/AIDs consultant, chief pharmacy officer for USPHS, director of Commissioned Corps HQ, assistant Surgeon General, and commander of the...

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Knappton Cove: the Last of the Quarantine Stations

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Knappton Cove: the Last of the Quarantine Stations

If you love Public Health Service history like I do, then you're in for a treat! I had the pleasure of discussing what is likely one of the last remaining PHS relics in the United States: the Columbia River Quarantine Station at Knappton Cove. Background  In 1889 the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps was established. Back then, it was the Marine Hospital Service. In 1891 U.S. law mandated that all immigrants coming into the U.S. received a health inspection by a Service physician. This was the era of "Manifest Destiny" and Americans were spreading Westward and more immigrants were...

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USPHS Pharmacy: A Reason to be PHS Proud

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USPHS Pharmacy: A Reason to be PHS Proud

I recently created a U.S. Public Health Service challenge coin for pharmacists...

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Until They Bring the PHS Tugboats Back

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Until They Bring the PHS Tugboats Back

The U.S. Public Health Service quarantine tugboats or "boarding tugs" were well-known to travelers crossing into American waters during the 1930's through the 1970's. Incoming ships would report to the PHS tugboats any illness or sick passengers aboard. If there were any, a PHS physician officer would board the ship to assess the passenger and safely transport him or her to medical care. This was all in attempt to prevent unknown diseases abroad from entering the U.S. The Public Health Service tugboats are relics of the past. True symbols of a prevalent and public-facing health Service. Each tug bears the...

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For Public Health Service History Buffs Only

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For Public Health Service History Buffs Only

I stumbled upon an inspiring, albeit antiquated, video describing the role of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). 

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