I am Navy Medicine

Docstar: Letter to my Former Self

By Lt. Cmdr. Jason E Smith, MD, MC Dear Jason – or Docstar, as you like be called these days – After 10 years of college, medical school, internship and flight surgeon training, you’ve finally arrived in … Yuma, Arizona. Why are you 150 miles from the ocean, and since when do Navy docs take care of Marines? Only since November 10, …

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I AM NAVY MEDICINE

A few words from a Navy Medicine doctor: Every day in Navy Medicine we enable readiness, wellness, and health care to Sailors, Marines, their families, and others worldwide. As a Navy Medical Officer and surgeon, I have traveled from my hometown of Brooklyn, New York to every corner of the world. After graduating from medical school, I joined the Navy …

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Why I Chose Navy Nursing: Lt. J. G. Cryer

By Lt. J. G. Karen Cryer, staff nurse, Naval Health Clinic Hawaii Lt. J. G. Cryer is currently assigned as a staff nurse on one of the seven National Committee for Quality Assurance certified Medical Home Port teams at Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. Her work as a Navy nurse is one of many we are highlighting this month for Nurses …

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Why I Chose Navy Nursing: Cmdr. Benfield

By Cmdr. Shelly Beck Benfield, department head, Internal Medicine, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Cmdr. Benfield has been in the Navy for over 17 years. As part of Nurses Week and the Navy Nurse Corps birthday, May 13, we are highlighting the great work our Navy nurses are doing worldwide. When I was 12 years old, my mother was diagnosed Leukemia …

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I AM NAVY MEDICINE

A Few Words from a Navy Nurse  We don’t always get to choose our career, sometimes it chooses us.  When I started out as a brand new Navy nurse, I just knew I’d be working in operating rooms and assisting with cardiothoracic surgeries.  I never imagined that I would end up dedicating my professional life to psychiatric and mental health …

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