A Conversation with RADM (ret) Scott Giberson

history Interview

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 Ebola response in Liberia.

Interview Timestamps

0:00-15:59 Introduction to Scott's career

16:00-37:34 Pharmacy school, getting into PHS, pharmacy culture in the 90's, getting into the Corps, uniform wear in the 90's, importance of OBC, history of khaki uniform, corps reputation in past 2 decades, importance of IHS

37:35-58:59 Starting National Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (NCPS), advanced practice in pharmacy, start of pharmacist clinician (PhC), future of pharmacy practice, history of pharmacy as providers, personality of pharmacists

59:00-1:17:59 Deploying for Anthrax, going to Pacific Command, being PHS officer with military, importance of respecting rank and uniform, influence of SG Carmona

1:18:00-1:24:59 Challenges of working in IHS, cultural fluency in IHS

1:25:00-1:35:59 Becoming CCHQ director, fighting to survive, structural challenges at HQ

1:36:00-1:53:59 How USPHS got involved with Ebola, meeting President Obama

1:54:00-1:58:29 COVID-19 and USPHS's role

1:58:30-2:07:37 The role of the uniform in USPHS, should the Surgeon General come from the ranks, closing remarks

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