There are many more specialties currently needed with the Army Medical Corps. Some are preventive, such as a preventive medicine officer. These professionals manage programs to maintain health, improve physical fitness and, as the name indicates, seek to prevent disease and injury.
Likewise, the occupational medicine officer works to prevent (and treat) injuries based on specific routines and tasks of particular occupations. They will help alleviate and prevent problems caused by repetitive movement, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Pathologists, also in demand, study disease: the nature, causes and effects on changes in organs, tissues and cells. The pulmonary disease officer specializes in diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases that affect the lungs. COPD, chronic bronchitis and asthma are just a few of the conditions this specialist might treat.
Dermatologists, obstetrician/gynecologists and psychiatrists are also in demand, as is the family practice physician -- Army Medical Corps doctors treat families of soldiers, too.
To learn more about medicine in the Army, check out the links below.
- American Cancer Society. "What are the key statistics about prostate cancer?" Nov. 11, 2010. (April 2, 2011) http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics
- Army Civilian Service. "Medical Careers." (April 3, 2011) http://www.armycivilianservice.com/content/medical-careers
- Centor, Dr. Robert M. "Why become an internist?" Db's Medical Rants. June 26, 2006. (April 2, 2011) http://www.medrants.com/archives/2849
- U.S. Army. "Army Health Care: Health Professions Scholarship (HPSP)." (April 2, 2011) http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/education/hpsp.html
- U.S. Army. "Careers & Jobs." (March 28, 2011) http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/medical-and-emergency/medical-corps-officer.html
- U.S. Army. "Medical Corps: Corps Careers & Jobs." (March 31, 2011) http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/army-health-care-corps/medical-corps/careers-and-jobs.html
- U.S. Army Civilian Personnel On-Line. "Supporting the Overseas Contingency Operations." (March 31, 2011) http://acpol.army.mil/employment/oco.htm
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition." U.S. Department of Labor. Dec. 17, 2009. (April 8, 2011)
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