First Lt. Moran Droker Yarovich is a doctor and commander of the clinic at the Counter-Terrorism School
I serve as the commander of the clinic in the Counter-Terrorism school within the “Adam” base as well as for the elite K9 unit “Oketz.” The job is fairly complex, but it mainly involves providing medical treatment. I commonly treat soldiers with Krav Maga injuries or bites from the 'Oketz' dogs. In addition I deal with routine clinic work such as blood tests, taking temperature and more.
Beyond the medical work, there is also the work of commanding others. As the commander of the clinic, I am responsible for IDF soldiers who serve as medics and civilian doctors who work for the army under my command. It’s my job to command them and make sure everything in the clinic is running smoothly.
I enlisted at 18 as a medical officer. For seven years I studied medicine and afterwards I joined the army as a military doctor. I went through officers' course to prepare me for my job as commander of a clinic in addition to being a doctor. After the course I was stationed at the “Adam” base.
The best part about the job is really being able to help a soldier. When a soldier comes to me with a complex medical problem I’m there to guide it from the initial diagnosis throughout the whole process, and at the end when the soldier returns to service, it gives such a sense of satisfaction. And of course, the getting to work with people everyday is great.
The hardest parts are when we are unable to help. For example, there are times when a soldiers come in with abdominal pain, often with a headache, and a pain they can’t deal with- then this is where we ask if everything is ok with him. Sometimes mental hardships are reflected in physical pain, and you’ll find people with problems at home experiencing such problems. Of course in these cases I turn to the relevant bodies, such as social workers or mental health officers. But ultimately I cannot help and that is the real difficulty, it’s very sad.
One memory that stands out for me is when a female soldier came to me wanting to go to officer’s course. She had been sick with cancer in the past, with the possibility of it returning. The course was incredibly important to her, and she needed to get all her credentials in on time. We ran with her from place to place to quickly complete all the tests and get everything she needed to go to the course. Ultimately, we were able to rule out the cancer returning and she went to officers' school.
There are people who are very happy for me, and then there are people who are surprised that I’m 27 and still in the army. In the end I love my job, I contribute a lot and come out with positive results.
In this profession, which has traditionally been regarded as a job for men, the burden of proving female capability is on us. I do my job the absolutely best that I can and so the reactions on base are very positive. The entire time, my commanders were interested in helping the women in every field. Ultimately what builds this job and makes it effective is the person who’s doing it.