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DGHS during Rx 2000 was Lise Mathieu...who was not a doc, but HSO via RN IIRC. The "Surgeon General" was Scott Cameron, a mere Colonel then...whose 4 rings stacked up were as tall as he was.Doctors created a system where doctors hold higher rank and are in charge.
Much like in civilian health care, many health care admin positions are/were RN's or other non MD's/retreads from other classifications or CFR'd SNCO's/WO's, who funnily enough, are in charge/command of docs, with the exception of actual medical directorships.
As for the issue of pulling new MD's into the military and promoting them with minimal if any staff training (LCol specialists that haven't taken any command courses as a for instance), I've always been a firm believer that the CAF should make better use of MMTP - this way the docs aren't being tossed to the wolves right out of residency and into a uniform with minimal military indoctrination. Seen many "mentors" lead baby docs down the wrong paths, both by their own Sgt's/WO's and regimental/battalion officers from the units they support - having been an officer or NCO going into that would allow the doc to hit the ground running and be able to look at people trying to pull the wool over their eyes and go "Nice try Phuquee". I have seen that backfire of course - a CM I was a witness for was an MMTP doc that went kinda rogue...