Are you interested in becoming a doctor? Are you looking for a way to help people as well as your country? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, consider becoming a Medical Corps Officer.
As an Army Medical Corps Officer you are responsible for the health and well being of soldiers and their families. More specifically, you will provide health care to soldiers and family members both at home and abroad.
During combat, Medical Corps Officers manage emergency situations while also focusing on getting soldiers ready to defend their country. After all, soldiers in good overall health are much more valuable to the Army.
Choose a Specialty
As an Army Medical Corps Officer you can specialize in a variety of areas including but not limited to: Cardiologist; Dermatologist, Emergency Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Neurologist, Neurosurgeon, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Pathologist, Preventative Medicine Physician, Psychiatrist, Radiologist, Thoracic Surgeon, and Urologist.
As you can see, when you decide to become a Medical Corps Officer you have the ability to get involved with the area of medicine that interests you the most.
In addition to caring for soldiers and their families, some of the other basic responsibilities of working as an Army doctor include: coordinating medical personnel and commanding medical units during non-emergency and combat situations.
Medical Corps Officer Training
If you decide to join the Army as a Medical Corps Officer you will not attend Basic Training like most soldiers. Instead, you will head straight for Officer Basic Leadership Course (OBLC). This is meant to be an orientation to the Army Health Care system.
The Officer Basic Leadership Course is held in Fort Sam Houston at the AMEDD Center. This course lasts anywhere from 10 to 14 weeks.
The amount of time that you spend training depends on your past military experience and your selected specialty. Upon completion of the Officer Basic Leadership Course you will move onto your first Active Duty assignment. If you are a student, you will return to satisfy your education requirements upon completion of the Officer Basic Leadership Course.
Is this Position right for me?
To become a Medical Corps Officer in the Army you should meet certain requirements and have a particular skill set. It goes without saying that you must be interested in medicine and treating others. Along with this, you have to be a great leader. As a Medical Corps Officer you will be responsible for patient care as well as commanding others on your team.
From the Army to the Civilian World
Once you time in the Army concludes you will begin to search for a job as a civilian. Fortunately, the preparation that you received in the Army, coupled with your education, will make this a simple task.
You will be in position to take on a job in your specialty. No matter if you work for a private practice or hospital or start your own practice, the experience you receive as a Medical Corps Officer will help you succeed.