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Emergency Medicine Physicians

Health Science

Work Environment

Emergency medicine physicians work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

  • Military Status

    Officer, Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $114,324

Overview

Physicians and surgeons who specialize in emergency medicine oversee the provision of emergency medical care to military members and their families. They work in a variety of settings, from managing hospital emergency rooms to providing care for battlefield casualties. These physicians must be able to provide immediate diagnosis and resuscitation care for life-threatening conditions.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming officer, here. Job training for emergency medicine physicians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Desire to help others
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Curiosity
  • Decision-making and integration skills
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure

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