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United Federation of Planets
First, to do no harm
|Commander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleet:||
President of the United Federation of Planets
|Chief of Staff of Starfleet:||
Fleet Admiral Teval
|Chief of Starfleet Department:||
Rear Admiral Danila Obrin
|Master Chief Petty Officer of Department:||
MCPO Frederich Reddinberg
Starfleet Medical was founded shortly after the founding of the United Earth Starfleet in the 2140s. The purpose of this organization was to see to the needs of species other than human and also to treat the personnel of Starfleet. Today, it is one of the quadrant's finest medical institutions and biological research facilities, though some personnel do in fact break their oath to do no harm.
Starfleet Medical was founded in 2149 as part of the Interspecies Medical Exchange program with the Vulcans and also to see to the medical needs of Starfleet personnel. As Starfleet discovered more about the galaxy, Starfleet Medical created a medical database for all Starfleet and friendly ships to use. This, along with the Interspecies Medical Exchange program at Starfleet Medical Headquarters, is what drew most alien doctors who came to Starfleet.
In 2151 the Klingon Klaang was brought to Starfleet Medical after being shot with a plasma rifle by a farmer on Earth. While there, he was treated by Doctor Phlox, a Denobulan doctor who came to Earth through the Interspecies Medical Exchange, causing Captain Jonahthan Archer to request Phlox to join his crew as Chief Medical Officer.
Birth of the Federation
With the birth of the Federation, doctors from the four founding members combined their knowledge into the newly named Federation Starfleet Medical Database, from which all could gain knowledge. In an effort to help reduce problems with inability to treat patients, the member worlds began teaching doctors, both Starfleet and civilian, on how to treat the member species of the Federation.
With the adaptation of Starfleet Academy, those who left its halls after the founding of the Federation consequently learned more than those who had left prior to 2161. The peoples of the fledgling republic agreed that just as they were stronger together militarily, they were also stronger together scientifically, including medical. Thus, the idea of Starfleet Medical was born among the people.
During the 2200s, the Starfleet Medical Database and Starfleet Medical Headquarters learned about more diseases and more physiologies of alien species. As a result, more medications and vaccines were created as were hyposprays. Tricorders and biobed sensors were also created for use aboard Starfleet ships and starbases.
Discoveries of new illnesses were Rigellian fever, Irumodic Syndrome, and the hyperaccelerated aging disease, and so medications were needed to combat these conditions. An epidemic of Rigellian fever broke out among some colonists in 2268, causing the USS Intrepid to carry the vaccine and cure to the colonists in the hope that most of them would be saved.
In 2283, a new type of hypospray was introduced, one that was painless compared to its predecessors. The hypospray was no longer very invasive, but rather painless and almost pleasant to some.
In 2292, Starfleet Medical began to have their own ships, some of which were sent to assist with the casualties caused by the explosion of the Klingon moon of Praxis. In addition to this, Starfleet Medical was also asked by the Trill to help with the symbiont pools which were starting to fail the symbionts.
The 2300s saw a new beginning for Starfleet, though it was not good. The Talarians and Cardassians started wars with Starfleet, causing Starfleet medical personnel to work overtime to heal the wounded and see to the dead. Once the wars were over, a new menace came to the Federation, and that was the Borg. Starfleet had never seen anything like this new enemy before, causing some to wonder if they could in fact be defeated since they caused such devastation at Wolf 359.
Starfleet medical officers had a brief respite, however the following Klingon-Cardassian War caused many injuries which needed to be treated. Nurses and Doctors alike worked tirelessly to make certain that their patients went home to their families, upholding the Hippocratic Oath, the most revered oath that medical personnel can take.
Immediately following the end of the Klingon-Cardassian War came the Dominion War, the bloodiest conflict in the history of the quadrant. Now Starfleet doctors were not only treating Federation citizens, but also Klingons and Romulans as well. Fighting on the same side for the first time, these efforts built esteem for Starfleet in the eyes of the Romulans. After the end of the war, the quadrant was changed. Starfleet Medical and Starfleet Operations sent personnel to the destroyed Cardassian homeworld and also to assist not only Federation worlds, but also Romulan and Klingon worlds as well.
Center for Disease Control
The people at the CDC are tasked with monitoring epidemics, creating new drugs, and researching diseases that are newly encountered by starships, such as the Psi 2000 virus and Andorian Shingles. The doctors here are among the best in the Federation and this facility is often the "cadet cruise" for the better medical students.
Medical Database Facility
The doctors who work here, along with engineering and operations officers, take care of the enormous database created at the beginning of Starfleet itself. Once new medical data is found, whether diseases or physiologies of alien species, the doctors here enter it into the Starfleet Medical Database to be used by all Starfleet ships and starbases.
Starfleet Medical Academy and Personnel
- Chief Medical Officer
- Assistant Chief Medical Officer
- Medical Officer
- Chief Counselor
- Morale Officer
The Starfleet Medical Academy is the proper name for the additional 2-4 years of medical training that the officers in the medical department must go through once graduated from the normal 4 year courses. These officers have the duty of treating all personnel aboard Starfleet facilities, from engineering burns to flus to pregnant cats to pediatrics. The Medical Academy has the responsibility of training these physicians for the unique situations starships routinely run into as Starfleet frequently receives requests from member planets and colonies suffering from epidemics or needing medical supplies, or even heart surgeries on crewmembers.
Starfleet Medical Ships
Starfleet Medical has a small fleet of hospital ships that are mostly Olympic-class though some are Nebula-class fitted with a medical pod. Their captains are former doctors to ensure the needed compassion on their part, though most of the crew who are not medical personnel on the ship have never been doctors or nurses.
All Starfleet doctors and nurses must take the following oath, binding them by a number of gods to first and foremost do no harm.
"I swear this oath by Apollo physician, by Aesculapius, by health, and by all the gods and goddesses: In whatsoever place that I enter I will enter to help the sick and heal the injured, and I will do no harm.
"To treat all who come to me for care and to treat them with respect and care. To seek out others who practice my art and, if they so desire, to teach them all who want to learn my art in that they will be able healers as well.
"I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgement, and I will do no harm or injustice to them.
"I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
"In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my life and my art.
"I will not use the knife, even upon those suffering from stones, but I will leave this to those who are trained in this craft.
"Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption, including the seduction of women or men, whether they are free men or slaves.
"Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private.
"So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without corruption, may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate."