US Army aims to entice more future physicians to join its ranks

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Leaders from the U.S. Army are looking to entice those interested in attending medical school and recent medical school graduates to consider practicing medicine as a physician for the army, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

Medical professionals from 26 universities in the southeastern U.S. attended an educational tour at the army base in Fort Bragg, N.C., to obtain a better understanding of what Army medicine looks like at installation hospitals and in tents in combat zones.

The tour spent several days at Fort Bragg-based Womack Army Medical Center and visited Fort Bragg's 44th Medical Brigade, which deploys soldiers across the globe to treat ill and wounded soldiers on the battlefield, according to the report.

Soldiers with the brigade's 759th Forward Surgical Team also set up a tent to demonstrate how they provide care to soldiers on the battlefield.

Officials said the active-duty component needs emergency physicians, family medicine physicians, general surgeons and psychiatrists. Officials also said the army will provide tuition assistance to those interested in joining, according to the report.

"What they do here helps to save America's sons and daughters that are fighting America's wars," said Col. John Melvin, deputy commanding officer of Fort Bragg's 44th Medical Brigade and chief nurse.

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