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Emergency Services Physician
Overview: Emergency Care implies an injury or illness that requires immediate medical attention and cannot wait for normal patient scheduling. Emergency Services Physicians must be able to quickly evaluate and prioritize incoming patients in order to serve those most in need and provide treatment across the entire scope of medicine. In the Air Force Reserve, this may take place in disaster relief operations and other temporary emergency facilities as well as in modern hospitals.
- Examine, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries in an acute setting
- Provide immediate diagnosis and resuscitation care for life-threatening conditions
- Provide supportive care for serious conditions until care can be assumed by an appropriate specialist
- Organize and design disaster management programs
- Provide training to medical and nursing personnel
- Direct the operation of hospital emergency care services
For entry into this specialty:
- A degree of doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy from an approved school of medicine and completion of 1 year of graduate medical education in a clinical specialty at a hospital acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF
- Current enrollment in an emergency medicine residency program acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF.
- For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.