The radiologists at Offutt when from 4-2 with no change in volume of films or reading expectations. One of them almost got divorced because of the stress it added for almost a year before they were able to work out a deal and sent radiology stuff out. At Wright Patt, one of the department of defence's only specially trained neurointerventional radiologist was deprived of his ability to practice at the univ of Cincy where he was able to do more neurointerventional in a weekend, than he did at our base in a month. They cut everybody's ability to moonlight. They hired a BOZO for 400,000/yr. He had been fired from his previous job for alleged sexual harrasment. Every radiologist in that department was unhappy. One left with 15 yrs active duty time. He felt like the life was being squeezed from him, and he had been a line officer before going to med school. All these guys were dedicated and hard working, and all hated the system that they recognized was a piece of crap. So maybe your radiologist was just doing his bare minimum and when it came time to get out he did.Dr GeddyLee said:I showed this forum to a radiologist I work with that got out of his airforce just two years ago and it gave him a good chuckle. He really enjoyed his stint in the service and advised me what is said here is typical of the internet where the unhappy people complain the most and make the situation sound far worse than it is.
So, I'm in no position to comment on the issue and am only offering a second-hand opinion, but it is true that not every military doc feels the same way.
Not all physicians in the military are concerned enought to post here. Many do not know about this forum, do not care, do not see the ability to enact change. There may be multiple other reasons. The fact remains that the few of us who do care bring multiple experiences over long periods of time from all branches of medicine, and we know military medicine is in the toilet. We care about our soldiers and want them to have as close to the best medical care as possible. That is not happening now. Unfortunately the best we can see, is letting the system get to the point of failure before something is recognized by the beurocrats who run the system. But look at the VA system. I feel very little hope, but will continue to try to educate others about what to expect when becoming a military physician.