MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. --
The Malmstrom Air Force Base clinic observed National Doctors' Day March 30..
National Doctors' Day is an annual observation that recognizes doctors along with their work and contributions to society. National Doctors' Day was first observed in 1933 but wasn’t officially recognized until President George H. W. Bush signed it as a proclamation in 1990. The team of physicians at the clinic discussed their reason for joining the Air Force as doctors and what makes the job rewarding to them.
For one doctor, it was the scholarship program that allowed her to achieve her goals.
“I heard about the scholarship program the Air Force had to offer while I was going through medical school, so I decided that that would be the best way to serve my country by performing the skills I acquired as a student,” said Maj. Melonie Parmley, 341st Medical Group chief of aerospace medicine.
Despite various reasons for joining the Air Force medical field, they can all agree that the rewarding aspect of their job is providing quality care to their patients.
“It’s making the kids smile when I treat them and seeing the parents’ look of satisfaction in knowing that their kid is going to be okay, which is the benefit I get out of doing my job,” said Capt. Travis Sloan, 341st Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician.
“One thing I get a lot of value of is the environment,” said Capt. Stephen Horras, 341st MDOS family medicine physician. “I always keep in mind that we’re working around other military doctors and dealing with patients who defend our nation. With that advantage of being a military doctor, we understand the vitality of those mission objectives and that’s why I provide the quality care they need.”
For more information about the services provided by 341st Medical Group, call the patient advocate line at 731-4434. To make an appointment with your health care provider, call 731-4633.