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United States Army Medical Corps

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The Medical Corps (MC) of the U.S. Army is a staff corps (non-combat specialty branch) of the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) consisting of commissioned medical officers – physicians with either an M.D. or a D.O. degree, at least one year of post-graduate clinical training, and a state medical license.

The MC traces its earliest origins to the first physicians recruited by the Medical Department of the Army, created by the Continental Congress in 1775. The US Congress made official the designation "Medical Corps" in 1908, although the term had long been in use informally among the Medical Department's regular physicians.

Currently, the MC consists of over 4,400 active duty physicians representing all the specialties and subspecialties of civilian medicine. They may be assigned to fixed military medical facilities, to deployable combat units or to military medical research and development duties. They are considered fully deployable soldiers. The Chief of the Medical Corps Branch (under the Army's Human Resources Command) is a colonel and the senior-most Medical Corps officer in the Army is the U.S. Army Surgeon General, a lieutenant general.

See also

  • United States Army Medical Department Museum
  • United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
  • Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3)
  • Surgeon General of the United States Army (TSG)
  • 68W (91W) (medic; U.S. Army)
  • List of General Officers of the United States Army Medical Department in World War II
  • List of ships of the United States Army#Hospital ships
  • United States Army Ambulance Service (World War I)
  • Battlefield medicine
  • Combat Support Hospital (CSH)
  • Field hospital
  • Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH)
  • Military medicine
  • U.S. Air Force Dental Corps
  • U.S. Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps
  • U.S. Air Force Medical Corps
  • U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps
  • U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps
  • U. S. Army Nurse Corps
  • U. S. Army Veterinary Corps
  • U.S. Navy Dental Corps
  • U. S. Navy Medical Corps
  • U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps
  • U.S. Navy Nurse Corps

Additional Reading: Wikipedia - Army Medical Department (United States) & Dental Corps