By virtue of the "Oath of Office," a sworn obligation to support and defend the Constitution, Army Medical Doctors, are members of the Army Profession and they are medical professionals. The career of BG Frederick Blesse, MD provides an exemplary model of how to live by and uphold both the Army Ethic and the Hippocratic Oath. Throughout his career of honorable service, Blesse worked with Soldiers, Army Civilians and Army Families. He continuously advanced his knowledge of the Army Profession as he graduated from Army schools, performed General Staff Corps duties, and practiced his skills as a respected clinician. His continuous professional development as an Army leader and an Army doctor resulted in important improvements in battlefield healthcare, personnel readiness, and operational procedures. His story illustrates the importance of life long commitment to both the Army Profession and medical practice as the key to improving health care within the Army culture.
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