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My initial impression of the army probably was that it was more; it was more pushups in the morning, more sit-ups in the morning, more runs, and things of that nature. You do that, don’t get me wrong, you do that during basic training, but to be honest a physician in the army really is just that, I mean you are practicing medicine. It really is focused on patient care, you know, for our soldiers, our sailors, our airmen, our marines. It really is geared towards that than anything else.

So the lifestyle of the army as a physician has a lot of benefits to it, it doesn’t feel like you have your hands bound and tied the way that I can see, you know, my friends that are practicing in the civilian sector.

I can order the prescriptions that are right for my patients; I can order the right labs for my patients, the right imaging. I can consult the physicians that will help me provide better care for those patients and I can do that without, with basically minimal red tape.

So I really do believe that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, are marine, their dependents, spouses, really do get the best medical care. Everyone kind of shares a similar bond and that bond is just that, it’s helping the soldier.

Focusing on patient care without the red tape.

A physician in the Army is really just that. You are practicing medicine.

NAME: CPT Michael Rose
JOB: Internal Medicine Physician (61F)

Captain Michael Rose, an internist at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, talks about the advantages of providing patient care within Army medicine.