Tuesday, April 7, 2009
INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN
As an IDC, you'll serve as the Medical Department Representative (MDR) aboard surface ships, with units of the Fleet Marine Force (FMF), and at various duty stations around the globe, often times, independent of a medical officer. The IDC performs patient care and associated shipboard administrative and logistical duties. Diagnostic procedures, advanced first aid, basic life support, nursing procedures, minor surgery, basic clinical laboratory procedures, and other route and emergency health care is not beyond the IDCs scope of practice. Many duty station require the IDC to conduct and direct preventive medicine and industrial health surveillance programs. Also a teacher, the IDC provides education to junior medical and all nonmedical personnel. When assigned to shore duty, IDCs serve primarily as non-physician health care providers.