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Meeting with the CO

Posted Feb. 25, 2024, 9:55 p.m. by Captain Dira Myqian (Commanding Officer) (Lindsay B)

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Drake Marshall (Surgical Chief/ Emergency Medicine) in Meeting with the CO

Posted by Captain Dira Myqian (Commanding Officer) in Meeting with the CO

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Drake Marshall (Surgical Chief/ Emergency Medicine) in Meeting with the CO
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“Challenge accepted. I think this will be a fun challenge.” If nothing else, Drake would learn where his career would stop or open up beyond what he had ever expected.

-Drake Marshall

Dira nodded. “I for one am glad to see people stretching and trying new things. I’ll do my best to support you however I can, but if you do formally apply for the program, it will be up to you to put in the work. I’m not worried you won’t, but it will mean juggling more. It would be worth talking to Walker about this as well. There are probably ways to blend some of the training with your current duties as well.”

Capt. Dira Myqian, Commanding Officer

“I think Commander Walker would prefer to keep me locked in the surgical suites. I can only imagine, having had to deal with me professionally, what his reaction to me entering command training would be. Something requiring a visit to the psych ward most likely.”

-Drake Marshall

Dira bobbed her head back and forth. “Perhaps. But the fact that you’re interested speaks to changes you’ve gone through. Even if he’s personally uncertain, he has an obligation to support your growth. And you will need his support. Consider it your first command challenge, Drake: interpersonal challenges. You have to convince a member of the senior staff to support a crew member’s shift in focus while also not having their new work interfere with their current duties,” she said, a gleam appearing in her dark eyes.

Captain Myqian, CO

“You have a twisted sense of humor, Captain.” Drake said with a smile. “After you did formal command training, were you still in clinical service for long? Command staff doesn’t seem to be in short supply, but you never know what the top people are looking for.”

-Drake Marshall

“It was a few months between when I finished my training and when I got the call about the Ogawa. That was a slightly unusual circumstance, given that my background fit the need here perfectly, but sometimes the timing just works out. I had thought originally that I would stay on the Calypso as XO, but that is not how it all worked out and here we are,” she said, mirroring his smile.

Captain Myqian, CO

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“Hm.” Something obviously weighed heavily on his mind. He stood and paced for a minute, tossing it all over. “My grandfather used to tell me, when I was a kid, the only thing he’d ever do differently with his life is he wouldn’t give up his practice for a desk. He was chief of medicine for a whole hospital and he always missed the doing. It’s hard not to wonder if I’m making the same mistake he did if I go into command. Maybe I’ll like it for a while and one day suddenly I’ll ache to be back where I was. Where I am now.”

-Drake Marshall

“So what?” she said bluntly. “So what if you try something new and find it’s not what you hoped it would be? You’ve now learned something about yourself, yes? We tend to think that the only knowledge worth having is the type that is positive and moves us forward, but I will tell you from experience, Drake, that I’ve learned more about life and myself through my struggles and regrets than I have from anything that went smoothly.”

Captain Myqian, CO

“It matters because you can’t half-ass being in Command. Because if I end up hating it and making some stupid choice… the consequences are bigger than just me.” Drake worried in a way that felt wholly unfamiliar.

-Drake Marshall

Dira nodded. “Good. I’m glad you’re aware of that. I’m not suggesting you be reckless about this, Drake. But trying something new shouldn’t mean you have to commit to it for life. And it doesn’t excuse being a bad officer. If you make it through the training, which is intense, you will find yourself having to take a really good look at yourself. But it also doesn’t mean you have to jump in to command right away. There are ways to gain experience in a more sheltered environment as you build up your confidence. We can help you do that here. It’s not a straight shot from training to the Captain’s chair, unless something extraordinary happens and I dearly hope that sort of crisis never hits you.”

Captain Myqian, CO

“I’ve had my fill of crises.” Drake chuckled. “Do people ever do the whole command training thing to make themselves… better for leadership in their field? Say, I decide I don’t want to leave medicine. But I’ve undertaken command training so if an opportunity to be senior in medicine arises, does that make me a better candidate for that position?”

-Drake Marshall

“Absolutely!” she said with a nod. “How do you think the uppers at Starfleet Medical get there? Some do go on to be starship captains, but there are a lot there that have moved through senior medical administration after taking on more senior clinical roles. We need people calling the shots that actually know what it’s like to be in the thick of things.” She felt it was very important for there to be a balance of people who could see the larger picture without getting bogged down in the details, and those that are thinking of patient care and how medical personnel do that effectively and with the best outcomes for their patients and themselves.

Captain Myqian, CO


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