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Physicians and Surgeons

Health Science

Work Environment

Physicians and surgeons work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $120,612

Overview

Physicians and surgeons in the Military provide comprehensive medical care to military personnel and their families. They examine patients, diagnose and treat diseases, provide medication, and sometimes perform surgery. Some military physicians and surgeons work in the field, providing support to deployed personnel. Others specialize in a specific type of medicine.

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 an officer, here.

Job training for physicians and surgeons primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Advanced courses and programs in medical specialties are available, as well as residency and fellowship programs, access to sophisticated technologies, research methods, and opportunities to consult with leading military and civilian researchers, in addition to other professional growth opportunities such as attending professional development courses, research seminars, and academic conferences. In addition, 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

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