General Surgeon, Saipan, CNMI, U.S.A.

  • Clinical
  • Saipan

Website Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

Improving CNMI health and wellbeing

Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) is seeking an adventurous General Surgeon who is ready for a unique opportunity in Global Health, and a chance to live on a tropical island paradise! The practice model allows you to use your skills and training to provide a broad range of General Surgical services while maintaining a great work-life balance.

About The Hospital

Located just north of Guam in the Western Pacific Ocean, Saipan is the main island in an island chain that makes up the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a commonwealth of the United States. The medical center is an 86-bed hospital and outpatient facility, located in the city of Garapan and serves a population of about 50,000 people.

The facility offers a broad range of services and specialties including General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Head and Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Podiatry, Oncology, Inpatient and Outpatient Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, Emergency Medicine, and Nephrology.

About The Location

Saipan is a lush tropical island located at the northern end of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean and is considered a WWII heritage site with a complex and intriguing history. Saipan, like territories such as Puerto Rico, is part of the United States, its citizens are US citizens, the currency is US dollars, and the predominant language is English. For more information check out the Saipan Visitor’s Authority site at

About The Practice

At CHCC you will be part of a collaborative medical community providing services to the local population as well as tourists and other visitors. Transferring patients off the island for services is difficult and often not possible. As a result, General Surgery here is full spectrum and includes basic bread and butter services as well as endoscopy, trauma and critical care, some pediatric surgery, urology, some vascular surgery, and occasional neurosurgery. Don’t be intimidated by this! We are collaborative and work together as a team to provide care for our patients and to assist one another in being successful.

About Work-Life Balance and Living in Saipan

Work-life balance is an integral part of the culture in Saipan. If you are looking for great work-life balance, then this is the place for you!

Saipan is a tropical island surrounded by a large reef and boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world with several easily accessible ship and plane wrecks as well as our world-famous Grotto. The beaches are pristine and only a short drive or walk away. There are many great locations for hiking, biking, and many other activities. Additionally, Saipan is a perfect launching point for travel to many parts of Asia and southeast Asia with affordable direct flights to Tokyo Japan, Seoul and Busan South Korea, Guam, and expected return of direct flights to Hong Kong. And the best part is you will have time to do all these things!


  • Temperate climate with average temperature in the low 80’s year-round.
  • Safe and family-friendly with access to public and private schools and affordable childcare.
  • Outdoor activities: scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, biking, windsurfing, boating, fishing, skydiving, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more.
  • Many resorts, restaurants, pools, waterparks, and places to just relax and enjoy the beach. Most hotels offer locals discounts and staycation incentives.
  • Abundant travel options with regular flights to Seoul, Busan, and Tokyo and Guam with easy connections to the rest of Asia.

Practice Details

Full spectrum General Surgery Practice.
Endoscopy skills required (40% of practice).
Trauma (low volume, mixed acuity).
Call is 1:4 and usually consolidated.
Average daily patient volume is 4.
Average surgical procedures per month is 15 major and 30 minor.
Average clinic schedule is 4 full days per month with 1 week of no clinic.
Community outreach to surrounding islands.
Malpractice coverage provided under the CNMI Government Liability Act.
Annual Leave accrues at eight (8) hours per pay period (bi-weekly), with a full-time employment contract.
Sick Leave accrues at four (4) hours per pay period (bi-weekly)
Up to 5 days of paid leave for CME.
Health Insurance: AETNA Health Insurance
401a Retirement Plan Option: ASC Trust Corporation
Health and Life Group Insurance: Cost-sharing per corporate policies
Life Insurance: Individual Assurance Company Life, Health, & Accident (IAC)
Health Professional Loan Repayment.
$10,000 signing bonus for initial contracts of at least 2 years.
Retention bonuses.
Earnings within the Commonwealth are taxed at no more than the maximum CNMI tax rate of 9%. Also, there is no sales or property tax in the CNMI. *(If you live in the CNMI for 183 days or more during the tax year, and otherwise meet requirements, then CNMI residency status is met for that year.  Additionally, a rebate of net income tax paid on CNMI source income is an incentive in the net income system. The amount subject to rebate, rebate base, is generally the tax on CNMI source net income less allowable credits.)


Permanent and locums positions available.
Must have completed a U.S. or Canadian General Surgical Residency Training Program.
Must have an NPI and be Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement eligible.
ACLS/BLS required.
CNMI license required (we will assist you with the application process). *Licensing and credentialing take 6-8 weeks.
If you have any questions or you are interested in this opportunity, please contact


$330,000 P/A with favorable tax laws that allow you to keep most of your pay.


$10,000 one-time signing bonus for initial contracts of at least 2 years.
International flight from the point of recruitment for the employee.  Return flight to original embarkation is included and will be arranged upon completion of contract.
Malpractice coverage is provided under the CNMI Government Liability Act (essentially identical to the Federal Tort Claims Act).
Reimbursement of up to $250 for pre-employment health screening costs.
Annual Leave: Accrues at eight (8) hours per pay period (bi-weekly), with a full-time Employment Contract
Sick Leave: Accrues at four (4) hours per pay period (bi-weekly)
Up to 5 days of paid leave for CME.
Health and Life Group Insurance: Cost-sharing per Corporate policies
Health Insurance: AETNA Health Insurance
Life Insurance: Individual Assurance Company Life, Health, & Accident (IAC)
401a Retirement Plan Option: ASC Trust Corporation
National Health Service Corp site. Those eligible can apply for loan repayment.

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