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Physician to the Commander-in-Chief: COL(R) Dr. Kevin O’Connor’s Amazing Journey WarDocs - The Military Medicine Podcast

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Join us for an intriguing conversation with our guest, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, a retired Army Colonel and Physician to the President of the United States. We journey through the corridors of Military Medicine, tracing Dr. O'Connor's inspirational journey from medical school to the White House, with stints in operational medicine at Fort Bragg and Womack Army Medical Center. We dig into his deployment experiences, delve into tales of the transition from military to executive medicine, and bask in the glow of stories of his role as the caretaker of the nation's Commander-in-Chief.
  We traverse Dr. O'Connor's career progression, from his days as a resident in World War II barracks to his time serving the nation's top executives. We discuss the importance of trust, the necessity of worst-case scenario planning, and how medical emergencies are handled in remote locations. We underscore the value of honesty and straightforwardness in executive medicine, even when delivering unwelcome news, and illuminate the day-to-day life of the White House medical team, casting a new light on a fundamentally crucial role.
  Finally, we pull back the curtain on the day-to-day interactions with the President, revealing the challenges of maintaining a team of doctors and nurses for the President, First Lady, and Vice President. Shining a light on the importance of continuity of care, we also discuss the need for change and fresh perspectives. Trust us, you won't want to miss Dr. O'Connor's valuable advice for those interested in a similar career path, as well as his insightful reflections on his own journey.
 
Chapters:
(00:00) Dr. Kevin O'Connor's Military Medicine Career
(06:18) Military Life and Career Development
(12:56) Deployment Experiences and Career Transition
(20:04) Transitioning to Physician to President Role
(29:34) Executive Medicine
(36:28) Honest Communication in Executive Medicine
(39:53) Presidential Medical Care and White House Physician
(44:49) Daily Interactions With the President
 
Chapter Summaries:
(00:00) Dr. Kevin O'Connor's Military Medicine Career
This chapter of WarDocs features a conversation with retired Army Colonel and current physician to the President of the United States, Dr. Kevin O'Connor. Dr. O'Connor shares his journey into Military Medicine, from being inspired by his father's military service to receiving ROTC scholarships and completing medical school. He also discusses his assignments at Fort Bragg  (Now Fort Liberty) before and after 9/11, where he worked with troop medical clinics and Womack Army Medical Center. Dr. O'Connor reflects on feeling prepared for his role as a medical corps officer and shares some important insights and lessons learned about delivering executive medicine in both the military and civilian sector. He also provides advice for those interested in pursuing a similar career. Tune in to hear more about Dr. O'Connor's distinguished career and experiences.
 
(06:18) Military Life and Career Development
This chapter explores Kevin's experience working in a Troop Medical Clinic. Kevin shares his first job as a resident, taking care of young soldiers in a World War II barracks. He also talks about his engagement and being a geographic bachelor while his fiancée was in New Jersey. Kevin then shares how he met a young doctor who gave him valuable advice on expressing his interest in the military. Kevin was assigned to a PROFIS unit in the 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, where he met the brigade commander, Colonel David Petraeus. Kevin proudly shares how he introduced himself to the commander and expressed his desire to train with them before the balloon goes up. The conversation ends with Kevin being called to jump by the CSM.
 
(12:56) Deployment Experiences and Career Transition
This chapter explores the experiences of a military unit during the 9/11 attacks and their subsequent deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq. We discuss their initial reactions to the attacks and their prepa

Join us for an intriguing conversation with our guest, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, a retired Army Colonel and Physician to the President of the United States. We journey through the corridors of Military Medicine, tracing Dr. O'Connor's inspirational journey from medical school to the White House, with stints in operational medicine at Fort Bragg and Womack Army Medical Center. We dig into his deployment experiences, delve into tales of the transition from military to executive medicine, and bask in the glow of stories of his role as the caretaker of the nation's Commander-in-Chief.
  We traverse Dr. O'Connor's career progression, from his days as a resident in World War II barracks to his time serving the nation's top executives. We discuss the importance of trust, the necessity of worst-case scenario planning, and how medical emergencies are handled in remote locations. We underscore the value of honesty and straightforwardness in executive medicine, even when delivering unwelcome news, and illuminate the day-to-day life of the White House medical team, casting a new light on a fundamentally crucial role.
  Finally, we pull back the curtain on the day-to-day interactions with the President, revealing the challenges of maintaining a team of doctors and nurses for the President, First Lady, and Vice President. Shining a light on the importance of continuity of care, we also discuss the need for change and fresh perspectives. Trust us, you won't want to miss Dr. O'Connor's valuable advice for those interested in a similar career path, as well as his insightful reflections on his own journey.
 
Chapters:
(00:00) Dr. Kevin O'Connor's Military Medicine Career
(06:18) Military Life and Career Development
(12:56) Deployment Experiences and Career Transition
(20:04) Transitioning to Physician to President Role
(29:34) Executive Medicine
(36:28) Honest Communication in Executive Medicine
(39:53) Presidential Medical Care and White House Physician
(44:49) Daily Interactions With the President
 
Chapter Summaries:
(00:00) Dr. Kevin O'Connor's Military Medicine Career
This chapter of WarDocs features a conversation with retired Army Colonel and current physician to the President of the United States, Dr. Kevin O'Connor. Dr. O'Connor shares his journey into Military Medicine, from being inspired by his father's military service to receiving ROTC scholarships and completing medical school. He also discusses his assignments at Fort Bragg  (Now Fort Liberty) before and after 9/11, where he worked with troop medical clinics and Womack Army Medical Center. Dr. O'Connor reflects on feeling prepared for his role as a medical corps officer and shares some important insights and lessons learned about delivering executive medicine in both the military and civilian sector. He also provides advice for those interested in pursuing a similar career. Tune in to hear more about Dr. O'Connor's distinguished career and experiences.
 
(06:18) Military Life and Career Development
This chapter explores Kevin's experience working in a Troop Medical Clinic. Kevin shares his first job as a resident, taking care of young soldiers in a World War II barracks. He also talks about his engagement and being a geographic bachelor while his fiancée was in New Jersey. Kevin then shares how he met a young doctor who gave him valuable advice on expressing his interest in the military. Kevin was assigned to a PROFIS unit in the 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, where he met the brigade commander, Colonel David Petraeus. Kevin proudly shares how he introduced himself to the commander and expressed his desire to train with them before the balloon goes up. The conversation ends with Kevin being called to jump by the CSM.
 
(12:56) Deployment Experiences and Career Transition
This chapter explores the experiences of a military unit during the 9/11 attacks and their subsequent deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq. We discuss their initial reactions to the attacks and their prepa

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