Chief Medical Officer
The chief medical officer (or CMO) is a senior staff-level position who must hold the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade or higher, and who is a Medical Doctor.
Chief medical officers were also referred to as the "ship's surgeon" in the 23rd century.
Chief medical officers have been seen with a variety of ranks. They can hold any rank in the Lieutenant grades, but are quite often seen as Lieutenant Commanders. Chief medical officers are eligible to take the Bridge Officer's Test for promotion to full Commander. At this point, they are considered capable of assuming command of a starship.
CMOs aboard a starship or starbase are directly in charge of the Sickbay or Infirmary, commanding medical department personnel and activities. The CMOs' primary duties are the oversight and maintenance of the overall health and physical fitness of crew and passengers. They are also responsible for managing medical department personnel, including things like department schedules, training, and promotions. They are also responsible for overseeing the Counseling department and the Medical Research department.
Officers likely to be assigned as the CMO over long-duration missions of exploration have scientific training in disciplines outside of medicine, allowing them to take on major extended research projects, or to better participate in a wider variety of encounters.
In addition to the normal duties of an officer, the CMO also has the power to relieve an officer or crewman, including a superior one, of their duties if, in the Chief Medical Officer's professional judgment, he or she is medically unfit. Typically, the CMO is expected to have the support of a senior command officer or detailed medical documentation to justify this course of action.
Acting Chief Medical Officer
When an medical officer temporarily assumes the responsibilities of a higher level position, requiring greater professional responsibility and competence, the officer has assumed an acting appointment. In this case, the role assumed is that of the Chief Medical Officer, who is directly in charge of the Sickbay or Infirmary. The chief medical officer (commonly known as the "CMO") is a senior staff-level position who must hold the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade or higher, and who is a Medical Doctor. In the case of Acting CMO, exceptions can be made, but the role must always be filled by a medical officer.
Like the CMO, the Acting CMO is directly in charge of the Sickbay or Infirmary, commanding medical department personnel and activities. The Acting CMO is also responsible for overseeing the Counseling department and the Medical Research department. This role differs from the Emergency Medical Hologram ("EMH") in that an EMH is not meant for long term circumstances, and cannot officially take on the role of Acting CMO in the actual sense.
List of Chief Medical Officers
|Star Fleet Positions|
|Crew Positions||Tactical Officer • Engineering Officer • Security Officer • Medical Officer • Science Officer|
|Officer Positions||Chief Tactical Officer • Chief Engineer • Chief of Security • Chief Medical Officer • Chief Science Officer • First Officer • Commanding Officer|
|Flag Positions||Group Commander • Division Commander • Commander in Chief|
|Academy Positions||Academy Instructor • Admissions Officer • Testing Officer • Evaluations Officer • Commandant (Academy) • Superintendent (Academy)|
|Other Positions||Game Moderator • Game Moderator Administrator • Inspector General • Creative Director • Content Manager • President|