Why I Join Medical Specialist Corps

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Medical Specialist Corps May Chang University of Pittsburgh Shane Hancock Military Science III Nov. 28, 2015 Why I Want to Join Medical Specialist Corps Family plays a major role in the way people behave in society. It also shapes and influences the individuals to choose their future occupations. Almost everything that we learn and believe as a child comes from the interaction within the family. Our parents went through the concepts of life, and they were exposed to society as a kid and an adult, which we learn as we get older as well. My grandfather’s military service story has a huge impact on my future career plan. He was an Army Physician in Taiwanese Army. He devoted his career and half of his life to the military during WWII…show more content…
Since World War I, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists (formerly known as reconstruction aides) and Dietitians have served the Army in a civilian world. On April 16, 1947 the Women’s Army Specialist Corps, officers from those three professions, was established by Public Law 80-36. The Army Medical Specialist Corps started off as all Women’s Army Specialist Corps on April 16, 1957. However, in 1955, they amended the law to allow male officers to join the Corps, and renamed it to the Army Medical Specialist Corps (AMSC) and remove the “W” on the insignia. Due to the lack of Physician force, in 1992, Physician Assistants were converted from warrant to commissioned officers and added to the corps’ skill inventory. By providing direct medical care as independent practitioners and physician extenders, AMSC officers play a key role in ensuring military medical readiness both on and off the battlefield. The addition of the Physician Assistants drastically increase the level of health care being provided to the soldier. At the beginning of the twentieth century, pioneering physicians and physiotherapists were examining the use of massage, electrotherapy, exercise, and hydrotherapy in patient reconstructive therapy. The use of remedial work, training persons in aspects of daily living, had been operational therapy in the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients since the early 1800s and, by the turn of
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