Major General (RET) Gale S. Pollock: CRNA, First Female and First Nonphysician Army Surgeon General and 22nd Chief of the Army Nurse Corps
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  In this episode you will hear MG(R) Pollock describe her journey into Army Medicine and what led her to pursue a career as an CRNA.  She talks about the role of a CRNA on the battlefield and her experiences at multiple medical treatment facilities including Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  She explains how advanced degrees such as a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategy, a MHA and MBA were valuable in the many strategic roles in which she served such as Hospital Commander at several MTFs including Tripler Army Medical Center.

  She shares her experiences when she was the Deputy Surgeon General of the Army and then was appointed as Acting Surgeon General and Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command (the first woman, non-physician to have this role in any of the military services) during a turbulent time when Walter Reed AMC was on the front pages of the Washington Post which was covering a story on the potential mistreatment of wounded warriors.  She provides a behind the scenes look at what actually going on at that time. 

  MG(R) Pollock also shares her experiences from additional important leadership roles such as Chief of the Army Nurse Corps and Member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. 

MG(R) Pollock shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners.  You don’t want to miss this episode!


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