2008 Major General Jerry Sanders Scholarship WinnerAMSUS AMSUS Association of Military Surgeons of the United States is proud to announce CPT CPT
See: Carriage Paid To Catherine Mary Cook, MS, USA as the fifth Major General Jerry Sanders Scholarship Award winner. Catherine is the daughter of AMSUS member COL Lawrence J. Cook, DC, USA. She began her first year studies this August in the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia In 1828, it was chartered by the state of Georgia as the Medical Academy of Georgia, with plans to offer a single course of lectures leading to a bachelor's degree. It opened the following year on October 1st at the Augusta hospital. . According to Catherine, she is ready for the challenge of medical school, "I understand the commitment necessary for medical school and believe my military and academic experiences have prepared me for the responsibility and privilege of becoming a physician."
Captain Cook graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Noun 1. Bachelor of Science - a bachelor's degree in science
bachelor's degree, baccalaureate - an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies degree in Chemical Engineering, and received her first commissioning oath from her father in May of that year. Her college life at Notre Dame certainly was not dull, "I participated in weekly field and physical training with the "Fightin' Irish" battalion, organized the Society of Women Engineers club on campus and served as Resident Assistant in Farley Hall my senior year, all while pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering."
Captain Cook's first assignment as a new officer was at Ft Sam Houston, Texas. Following her Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, she was assigned to Fort Stewart, GA. It was during field exercises in the hot California sun at the National Training Center when she felt the call to medicine, "...where I practiced land navigation, erected medical treatment tents, led mass casualty exercises and loaded 'patients' into camouflaged ambulances alongside other soldiers in service support and patient care roles. Although I pursued an engineering degree in college, I felt a calling to medicine as I worked with and became part of a team of medical professionals."
During her first deployment to Iraq, Captain Cook's medical company traveled through 600km of the Iraqi desert as they treated and evacuated people by the 100s all while providing medical supply support to the brigade combat team The brigade combat team (BCT) is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the US Army. A brigade combat team consists of one combat arms branched maneuver brigade, and its attached support and fire units. . Her service in Iraq made her commitment to practicing medicine even stronger. "Knowing that I assisted in the delivery of care was gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. , and each successive mass casualty event of the war reconfirmed my desire to practice medicine."
Following redeployment. Captain Cook served as the Medical Company Commander for the United States Army United States Army
Major branch of the U.S. military forces, charged with preserving peace and security and defending the nation. The first regular U.S. fighting force, the Continental Army, was organized by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, to supplement local Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC MEDDAC Medical Department Activity
MEDDAC Medical and Dental Activity ) at Ft. Stewart, GA. Next, she went back to school to pursue a graduate degree in Chemical Anatomy and worked toward her goal of attending medical school. She began medical school in August. Captain Cook is considering a surgical specialty surgical specialty A specialty of health care in which interventions constitute a significant component of Pt management Examples OB/GYN, ophthalmology, ENT, surgery–cardiothoracic, colorectal, general, neurologic, orthopedic, plastic, urology. , and thinks she is ready for the challenge of becoming a doctor, "I have faced unique challenges in my life and my successes indicate that I am capable of facing these with determination and professionalism. I have been tested in the most austere, complicated and grueling conditions-combat."