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Becoming a Medical Officer

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Jared Marcoccia

on 18 March 2013

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By Jared Marcoccia Becoming a Medical Officer What is the average salary and what are the promotions within this job? What are some of the
benefits that your family can get? Community orientation
Low-cost access to outstanding sports and physical fitness facilities
Diverse mix of leisure activities
Youth services and programs
Child care facilities and emergency child care
Second language training for spouses
Employment assistance for spouses What are the benefits that you get? What kind of training do
you need? After enrolment, you start basic officer training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, for 14 weeks. Topics covered include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the Canadian Forces, basic weapons handling, and first aid. Opportunities will also be provided to apply such newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership. A rigorous physical fitness program is also a vital part of basic training. Basic officer training is provided in English or French and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training.

Second language training is available following basic officer training; depending on your ability in your second language, it may take from two to nine months. Can you get
advanced training? The starting salary for a fully-trained Medical Officer is approximately $134,000 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Regular promotions through the junior officer ranks take place based on the completion of required training and the length of service as an officer.

Medical Officers also enjoy no overhead costs for
office space and support services. All licensing fees
are paid by the Canadian Forces. Medical Officers who
demonstrate the required ability, dedication and
potential are selected for opportunities for career
progression, promotion, specialization, and sub-specialization. Within the Canadian Forces your family will an abundance of resources and benefits such as,
As a Regular Force member, you will receive a competitive salary, continuous support to advance your career, the chance to travel the world, and many other tangible services and benefits, including the following: Medical Officers attend the Canadian Forces Medical Services School in Borden, Ontario, where they are introduced to the organizational structure and history of the Canadian Forces Medical Service and the unique circumstances of practicing military medicine. Environmental training, an operational requirement, includes field exercises that may take place anywhere in the world. Medical Officers may apply for the opportunity to specialize their medical practice in exchange for additional years of service. The Canadian Forces will subsidize the following medical specializations:
• Acute Care • Emergency medicine
• Surgery • Orthopedic surgery
• Anesthesiology • Internal medicine
• Psychiatry • Radiology As they progress in their career, Medical Officers who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available training includes:
• Public Health medicine • Occupational medicine
• Aerospace medicine • Tropical medicine
• Epidemiology • Health care administration What is the working environment like? Medical Officers may serve anywhere that Canadian Forces' members are based. They work in fully-equipped medical clinics, whether at a base or garrison, or in a temporary clinic while supporting operations. Their first four years following training is usually spent working in one location, within Canada. Office space and support services are provided by the Canadian Forces. Education & Training
The Canadian Forces (CF) has outstanding education, training and professional development opportunities, such as paid tuition, second language training and financial support for continuing education.

Health & Dental Care
As a member of the Regular Force, you will receive health care and dental care from the time you join until the time you leave the Canadian Forces. Similar benefits for your family will begin three months after your enrolment in the Regular Force.

The CF pension plan is designed to provide you with a retirement income on completion of your military career. It is one of the best and safest pension plans in Canada.

Personal Support
The CF offers you and your family a wide variety of support programs and services, including:
• Family support centres (Military Family Resource Centres)
• Retail stores on CF bases (Canadian Forces Exchange System - CANEX)
• Financial planning services
• Financial assistance programs
• Counselling services
• Group term life insurance
• Comprehensive long term disability

Moving Costs
When work requires that you move, the CF covers the costs. Other financial assistance is available,
depending on whether you are married, where you are posted and for how long.

As a member of the Regular Force you will receive 20 vacation
days per year, which increases to 25 days per year after five years.
Vacation can be requested anytime, depending on training and
operational requirements.

Leisure Time
Canadian Forces Bases are equipped with facilities for a variety of sports and activities, including intramural and local league sports. Most bases have swimming pools, gyms and sports fields, while some have skating rinks, golf courses and rod and gun clubs. There are also libraries and community centres that host a wide variety of personal interest clubs and activities.

Maternity & Parental Leave
Maternity and parental benefits help you balance work with the responsibilities that come with the birth or adoption of a child. In
addition to financial benefits, you can take time away from work
to care for your children. What is your social life like? Where and how do you apply to go to school? MOTP
(Medical Officer Training Plan)

Because this position requires a medical degree, the Canadian Forces will pay successful recruits to complete an Undergraduate Medical Education Program at a Canadian university. This program covers tuition fees and educational expenses, including books, instruments, supplies, student fees, and registration costs. Family medicine residents and students already enrolled in an Undergraduate Medical Education Program may also be eligible for this training plan.

For the duration of your studies and residency, you receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full-pay in exchange for working with the Canadian Forces for a period of time. Typically, candidates selected for this program attend university during the regular academic year and participate in additional military training during the summer months. If you choose to apply to
this program, you must apply both to the Canadian Forces and the Canadian
university of your choice that offers a Bachelor of Medicine degree program. Dependent education management program for families living abroad or moving to a different provinceDomestic travel and family-care related benefitsMorale and psychological support: Member Assistance Program, Operational Trauma and Stress Support Centers, family separation and reunion counseling, self-help groupsFinancial services
Relocation benefits and services, and cost-of-living differential allowances As well you are paid $44 000-$55 000 all through out medical school as an officer cadet Interview Major Alain Gagnon Officer in the Canadian Forces CFB Borden
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