At the risk of sounding ignorant, i've made a few observations. Background about myself: I'm Active Duty Air Force in a non-medical job. I'm also in pursuit of a Degree in medicine. Now, on to the observations. Judging by the many places i've been, and varied environments, it seems that Diagnostics in military medicine is lacking. I can't be certain if this is due to lack of autonomy or just the historical EM perspective. Should chronic joint pain or the like be treated with less care or focus than a battle wound? Granted prioritization is a deciding factor, but let's face facts... At 8:00 AM on a Monday morning, there's not much more than the standard cough, follow-ups, and prescription refills. Here's a scenario. Monday morning, I walk in to the clinic with knee pain brought on by a lengthy run. I have a history of knee pain and it's well documented. So, the doctor in the clinic... New Chief of Medicine... asks me all pertinent questions and I respond with symptoms. During the consultation she glances at the clock every minute or two. Having to repeat myself a few times due to her lack of attention/interest and obvious preoccupation, i'm now annoyed. I ask her if she'd like to refer me to another physician. She puffs and offers a less than cordial remark and pokes at my knee. She then writes me a prescription for viatamin M "Motrin", and tells me to be on my way. Now, regardless of her administrative obligations, and in conjunction with two prior surgical procedures on the affected area, was that a sufficient diagnosis? (Inflamation) Thoughts? Caveat: Because of this diagnosis, i'm now seeing a physical therapist... to rehabilitate my knee after a more serious injury stemming from the original.