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General Practice Physician

Overview: As in the civilian world, General Practice Physicians are the primary care medical providers In the Air Force Reserve. They are usually the first medical doctor seen by service members and their families. In addition to examining, diagnosing and treating patients, one of their key responsibilities is to determine when a patient's health condition requires a consultation with a specialist.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Examine patients and determine clinical laboratory, x-ray or other tests required 
  • Administer and prescribe conservative measures of treatment such as medications 
  • Perform minor surgical procedures 
  • Determine need for and assist in specialized medical care and treatment


For entry into this specialty:

  • Doctor of medicine degree or a doctor of osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy 
  • Completion of 1 year of graduate medical education in a clinical specialty at a hospital 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.