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Minimum Education Requirement:
M.D. or D.O. degree and completed an ACGME- or AOA-accredited program of postgraduate specialty training


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Career Description

Air Force Surgeons are among the best in the world. Not only are they highly skilled, but they are also practicing in some of the most advanced facilities with the best equipment. As an Air Force Surgeon, you will have career-advancing surgical opportunities with the potential of making a bigger impact than a career as a civilian surgeon.

To learn more, please visit the Healthcare Professionals site.

Career Tasks

  • Examine, diagnose and treat diseases and injuries as well as manage surgery services
  • Prepare and review case histories, obtain data through interviews, examine patients, determine the x-ray examinations and clinical laboratory tests required, interpret test results and evaluate examination findings
  • Determine procedures for preoperative and postoperative care, apply surgical procedures and coordinate operations with anesthesiologists and administer and prescribe treatment

Relevant Interests & Skills

You might like this career if you have interests in these areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Natural Science
  • Business, Operations and Administration

Becoming a Commissioned Officer

To ease your transition into the Air Force, you'll enter a five-week training regimen designed to educate you on the ways of both the military and military healthcare. You'll participate in physical conditioning five days a week, leadership training and classroom studies.