Canadian Forces Medical Service


Canadian Forces Medical Service
Canadian Forces Medical Service
CanadianForcesMedicalService.jpg
Canadian Forces Medical Service Badge
Active
Country Canada
Branch Canadian Forces personnel branch
Type Canadian Forces Health Services Group
Role Medical personnel of the CF H Svcs Gp provide operational (deployed) and operational readiness (in-garrison) medical care to entitled personnel.
Motto Militi Succurrimus Latin (We hasten to aid the soldiers)
March "The Farmer's Boy"
Website http://www.forces.gc.ca/health-sante/default-eng.asp
Commanders
Ceremonial chief Anne, Princess Royal

The Canadian Forces Medical Service (CFMS, French: Service de santé des Forces canadiennes) provides medical support for the Canadian Forces (CF) both at home and abroad. It is also a personnel branch of the CF. The CFMS along with the Canadian Forces Dental Service (CFDS) form the Canadian Forces Health Services Group (CF H Svcs Gp).

Contents

Motto and march

Militi Succurrimus (We hasten to aid the soldiers) is the official branch motto. "The Farmer's Boy" is the branch march. This march was selected by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (mother of Queen Elizabeth II).

Roles and identification

Medical personnel of the CF H Svcs Gp provide operational (deployed) and operational readiness (in-garrison) medical care to entitled personnel.

Uniforms

CFMS personnel wear the same uniforms as other members of the CF with unique identifiers depending on which distinctive environmental uniform (DEU) they are assigned (Navy, Army, Air). Regardless of environment, all officers and non-commissioned members (NCMs) wear the same cap badge. The only difference between the cap badges is that the staff of Æsculapius on NCM badge comprises a gold serpent on a gold staff whereas on the officer badge comprises a silver serpent on a gold staff.

Naval medical officers wear scarlet distinction cloth between the braids of their rank, while other health care officer classifications (non-physicians) wear a dull cherry distinction cloth. NCMs wear a trade badge on their jackets.

All army health care officer classifications and non-commissioned members wear a "Medical" shoulder bar on the service dress jacket, and a tab bearing either the title "MEDICAL" or a unit identifier (e.g. "15 FD AMB") on slip-ons for other uniforms. NCMs below the rank of warrant officer wear a trade badge on the sleeve of the service dress jacket.

All air force medical branch officers and non-commissioned members wear a distinctive metal badge over their name tag on both their dress uniform jacket and short-sleeve order of dress.

History

It has its origins in the Dominion government's 1885 response to the North-West Rebellion, with the appointment of Canada's first Surgeon General, Doctor Darby Bergin of Cornwall, Ontario, and the mobilization of two field hospitals.

It suffered significant budgetary cutbacks after the 1994 Broadbent Report following the end of the Cold War, with three of its six military hospitals being closed.

The former colonel-in-chief was Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (mother of Queen Elizabeth II). The current colonel-in-chief is Princess Anne, Princess Royal (daughter of the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)

Training

School of Operational Medicine

The School of Operational Medicine (SOM) in Toronto, Ontario, forms a part of the Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment. In turn the Canadian Forces Environmental Medicine Establishment is the military component of the Defence Research and Development Canada. The School of Operational Medicine (SOM) conducts all flight surgeon training. In addition, it offers courses at various levels in Diving Medicine, to physicians, medical technicians and physician assistants.[1]

Canadian Forces Health Service Training Centre

The Canadian Forces Health Service Training Centre (CF H Svc TC), located in CFB Borden, is the home station and primary training centre for the Canadian Forces Health Services. The school focuses on all levels of training.

Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training

The Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, provides initial and continuation training for all CF aircrew. The training covers diverse topics including life support equipment and human factors, search and evasion as well as disorientation and night vision.[1]

Order of precedence

Preceded by
Logistics Branch
Canadian Forces Medical Service Succeeded by
Dental Branch

References

External links

Portal icon Canadian Armed Forces portal
Portal icon Dentistry portal
Portal icon Health and fitness portal
Portal icon War portal

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Canadian Forces Military Police — Opperational Patrol Dress Shoulder Patch of the CF Military Police …   Wikipedia

  • Canadian Forces Health Services Group — Infobox Military Unit unit name=Canadian Forces Health Services Group caption= dates= country=Canada allegiance= branch=Canadian Forces personnel branch type= role= Canadian Forces Medical Service and the Dental Branch (Canadian Forces) size=… …   Wikipedia

  • Canadian Forces — Canadian Armed Forces Forces armées canadiennes Emblem of the Canadian Forces Current form 1968 Service branches …   Wikipedia

  • Canadian Forces ranks and insignia — This is a table of the ranks and insignia of the Canadian Forces. As the Canadian Forces is officially bilingual, the French language ranks are presented following the English (in italics). Contents 1 Commander in Chief 2 Flag officer / General… …   Wikipedia

  • Canadian Forces Primary Reserve — The Primary Reserve is a reserve force of the Canadian Forces. It is the largest of four components to the CF reserves; those being the Primary Reserve, the Supplementary Reserve, the Canadian Rangers, and the Cadet Instructors Cadre.The reserve… …   Wikipedia

  • Canadian Forces Drug Control Program — Queen s Regulations and Orders (QR Os) Chapter 20 establishes the administrative law framework for the control of drug use in the Canadian Forces (CF). It prohibits CF members from involvement with most drugs, except alcohol, in order to maintain …   Wikipedia

  • Medical Service Insurance — The Medical Service Insurance is the Nova Scotian government s health insurance. The Medical Services Insurance Programs are administered by Medavie Blue Cross for the Nova Scotia government Department of Health Policy Directive[1]. Eligibility… …   Wikipedia

  • The Canadian Crown and the Canadian Forces — The Canadian Crown is the controlling authority of the Canadian Forces, evidenced in the command structure, symbols and history of the armed forces of Canada. The monarch is the supreme commander of the forces, though she, her Canadian viceroys,… …   Wikipedia

  • Chaplain Branch (Canadian Forces) — Chaplain Branch Active Country Canada Allegiance Canada Branch Canadian Forces personnel branch …   Wikipedia

  • Authorized marches of the Canadian Forces — The following is a list of the notable authorized marches for various organizations of the Canadian Forces. The first march listed is the march most commonly performed for that organization on parade; it is commonly referred to simply as that… …   Wikipedia