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April 4, 1953


JAMA. 1953;151(14):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940140064023


First Woman Medical Officer in Regular Army.—  On March 11, Fae M. Adams, MC, of San Jose, Calif., became the first woman physician commissioned in the U. S. Regular Army. The oath of office was administered in the Surgeon General's office. She is one of the Army's 20 women reserve medical officers now on active duty around the world. She is now the first woman medical officer integrated into the Regular Army under legislation by the 82nd Congress. On July 1 next, First Lieutenant Adams will report to the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D. C., to begin residency training, an educational privilege extended only to Regular Army medical officers.Lieutenant Adams served during World War II as an enlisted member of the Women's Army Corps and later as a commissioned physical therapist. She entered the University of California at Berkeley in 1937 and finished her premedical course

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