1. What do you find most helpful? Give us your feedback on the 2019 SDN Member Survey to help further the SDN mission (and win prizes!)
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice

Most/Least Deployed Medical Specialties

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by FizbanZymogen, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. FizbanZymogen

    FizbanZymogen Guitar Hero Champion
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2005
    Messages:
    511
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Medical Student
    I just wanted to start a quick list ranking the most and least deployable specialties within the Army/Air Force/Navy (I know no one is immune to deployment). This is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended to be exhaustive. Please include any credible stories of individuals you know who were deployed as a "such & such Dr." so we can all see what the various fields lifestyles are like.

    I think we can agree that Psych. & General surgery gets deployed alot but what others like Peds and Rads? Any help from those "in the know" would be appreciated.

    As a side note a cousin who serves as an OB/GYN was sent to Iraq as a surgeon. Just goes to show that no one is immune.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  2. Homunculus

    Homunculus SDN Caveman Administrator
    Moderator Physician Verified Expert 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2000
    Messages:
    3,528
    Likes Received:
    298
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    from sheer man-hours and numbers , the last presentation i saw was something like

    1. FP
    2. Gen Surg
    3. Peds
    4.
    5.
    6.
    7. Internal Medicine

    i can't remember 4-6, i just remember thinking that IM being so low was odd considering peds are forced to see adults when deployed. . .

    --your friendly neighborhood fort leonard wood bound caveman
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  3. kzjonez

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Fellow [Any Field]
    Recently deployed , here is the list of whom I met or talked over the Voip for consults: Cardiologist in a FOB , Ob Gyn , ID, Familiy, Radiology in the Deed and Balad, Surgeons in all flavors, Orthopods, Anesthesia ,ER , GMO's and Internists including myself and the jewel of the crown a Ped seeing adults. If you got and MD/DO thats all you need for a ticket o Iraq and the Stans.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. kzjonez

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Fellow [Any Field]
    Oh! I forgot about Psych both flavors!!!
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  5. edmadison

    edmadison 1K Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2001
    Messages:
    2,086
    Likes Received:
    70
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I recently saw that in the army peds has the longest average deployment length!

    Ed
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  6. colbgw02

    colbgw02 Delightfully Tacky
    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    4,487
    Likes Received:
    2,673
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    last time i checked, rads actually had a waiting list to deploy.

    it's also worth mentioning that subspecialties are supposed to deploy for less time (6 months) than primary care docs (a year +).

    i also think that an ob/gyn counts as 1/2 of a general surgeon at an FST. similarly, some subspecialists can get deployed as GMOs (dermatology).
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  7. i want out

    i want out Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2006
    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    3
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I saw a Heme Onc guy doing flight surgery, on my last deployment.

    And a Nephrologist doing general medicine.

    i want out
     
  8. The White Coat Investor

    The White Coat Investor Practicing Doc and Blogger
    Physician Partner Organization 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,166
    Likes Received:
    2,279
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Here is what the Air Force deploys frequently:

    1) GMOs
    2) Emergency docs
    3) General surgeons
    4) Ortho surgeons
    5) Anesthesiologists
    6) FPs
    7) Internists

    Less frequently:

    1) Peds
    2) Rads

    The ones I can't really say (cause I just don't know):

    1) Ophtho
    2) ENT
    3) Neurosurg
    4) Psych
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  9. OP
    OP
    FizbanZymogen

    FizbanZymogen Guitar Hero Champion
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2005
    Messages:
    511
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Medical Student
    so far this has been very interesting. It amazes me how the DoD will find a way to meet their percieved needs in ways that shatter the medical status quo. keep em coming everyone.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  10. edinOH

    edinOH Can I get a work excuse?
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2002
    Messages:
    768
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    When I was in the navy I worked as a corpsman in Ophthalmology at NMCSD. None of our guys ever sniffed a deployment. We weren't at war then of course but there were plenty of fleet surgical hospital opportunties in the Balkans as well as USNS Mercy. The only way you would know those guys were navy was by their uniforms. Most of those guys rarely PCS'd let alone deployed.

    I do know however that some of the more junior docs were concerned about their previous GMO designators such as FS and DMO. You could potentially always be pulled back to the fleet in this capacity if they really needed you.
     
  11. delicatefade

    delicatefade ASA Member
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Messages:
    846
    Likes Received:
    2
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I'd have to nominate pathology as the least deployed specialty.
     
  12. kzjonez

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Fellow [Any Field]
    Continuing my list: Also Derm as a Flight Surgeon , Optometry come to think of it the only one I have not seen or heard being deployed is pathology. Figures !!
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  13. resxn

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Messages:
    911
    Likes Received:
    20
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    For ENT there is a waiting list for deployment as well. ENT's want to go because as gruesome as it sounds most of the trauma these days is to limbs and face/neck because armor is so good elsewhere. I actually tried to deploy last Sept and they said the waiting list was 18months at that point--to Balad anyway.
     
  14. texdrake

    texdrake Stand-Up Philosopher
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    673
    Likes Received:
    6

    Two reasons for that.

    #1 A long time ago one of the head honcho's (who was a pediatrician) volunteered pediatrics for several of the positions that the were capable of as a means to keep the program alive. One of the reasons why Army peds is so strong is that the are much more deployable than they are in other branches.

    #2 A majority of are boys fighting over their are indeed boys. They are a lot closer to the pediatric population (0-18 years) than they are to the typical IM population (60+)
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  15. vikingsfan

    vikingsfan attending
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    During my tour I met a pathologist at the CSH to help w/ the skin biopsy specimens for leishmaniasis. He told me they rotated every 6 months.
     
  16. PathOne

    PathOne Derminatrix
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2004
    Messages:
    833
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Pathologists being around live patients, esp. those requiring urgent medical care, is really a scary thought. :eek:
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...

Share This Page