The Battalion Surgeon: A Background Study and Analysis of His Military Training.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Several findings and conclusions evolved from this study History has accentuated the need for Battalion Surgeons on the front line where the most significant improvement in mortality can be achieved Since World War II the AMEDD has over extended itself in non-physician substitutions to alleviate physician shortages and physician reluctance to assume command and administrative assignments. As a result, physicians have lost their battlefield leadership and experience base over the past four decades Historically, most Battalion Surgeons learned their military duties through trial and error disastrous results were observed, and during combat this cost lives Rhetorically, the need to provide physicians with military training has been fully recognized, yet historically, military training in the AMEDD has suffered general neglect because of the primary devotion to clinical training programs and concern over procurement and retention of physicians History clearly reveals that the Battalion surgeon must master numerous military subjects and must be thought of and trained primarily as a soldier and The popular belief currently practiced by the AMEDD that physicians need only a modicum of exposure, training, and experience with the line to be prepared to lead or command at any level is completely unfounded.
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