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Overview: General surgeons primarily perform surgery on abdominal and other internal organs. However, these specialists are trained to care for almost all surgical emergencies, including stabilizing critically ill or wounded patients. The Air Force Reserve offers surgeons unique opportunities to apply their skills with service members and their families, as well as in disaster relief and humanitarian efforts.
- Examine and treat injuries and disorders by surgical and conservative means
- Manage surgery services
- Instruct interns and residents in surgical procedures
- Serve as a consultant on surgery
For entry into this specialty:
- Doctor of medicine degree or a doctor of osteopathy degree from an approved school of medicine or osteopathy
- Current enrollment in a surgery 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.