passing on as an FYI-
NYCMedics is currently in the process of obtaining a contract through the WHO to deliver a comprehensive pre-hospital training program in Iraq. As a result, we are beginning to recruit instructors to teach this program. We are currently seeking 16 volunteers who will deploy to Erbil, Iraq from June 14, 2018 through June 30, 2018. The program will include both didactic and hands on skills which instructors will facilitate. The program will be delivered in seven sessions simultaneously in three different locations (Erbil, Mosul, and Dohuk). Students will also participate in field rotations with existing ambulance agencies in these locations which the instructors will also facilitate. For more information about volunteer requirements and how to apply, please see below. Please feel free to share this among your peers and within your professional communities. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
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I have been following this forum for a little over a month now and have obtained some very insightful information! However, I have yet to find the answers to a few of my questions. I came across the military thread but felt like my post would be more appropriate for the Pre-PA section. A little background information before I begin asking my questions, I will be transitioning out of the military in may of this year, I have already been accepted to the number one school on my list for my undergrad in exercise science. I have obtained some college credits throughout my military career and have also taken two general courses at a local community college. I have yet to receive my transfer credit evaluation but I can guesstimate that I will have around 18-24 credits total.
I will be utilizing my post 9-11 GI bill educational benefit for school, This benefit covers up to 36 months total. Would you recommend I pay out of pocket for a year or two of my undergrad in order to have PA school covered by my education benefit? Does being a veteran heighten the chances of being selected when it comes to applying to PA school? Although I am not actively involved in the medical field as a corpsman or field medic in the military, The physician on my base has said with the approval of my leadership, he will allow me to work on patients with him and will write a letter stating the different activities and procedures I performed while working under him. Now would this technically be considered Paid Direct patient care? And could I use this for hours in my application process? The school I am attending has a policy where if you have obtained your undergrad at the institution, you are guaranteed an interview for their PA program (As long as you meet the minimum requirements). Should I keep my eyes set on getting into this program once I'm finished with my undergrad or should I still take the initiative to apply to other schools as well? Thank you all for your time!
I've been home from Mosul for 16 days and still wish I was there. It is tough going from a situation in which you are working 24/7 doing meaningful, life saving work back to the regular practice of medicine, which typically involves a few cool cases per week. In Iraq we were dealing with 20-60 significant trauma presentations per 24 hr period. many burns, shootings, IED victims, etc. I wish I could do this kind of work all the time. I've actually been looking longingly at positions with RMI and other govt contractors in Afghanistan, Iraq, Alaska, etc. hard to do as a married person with a family. I'm sure military folks have experienced this kind of thing before. It is nice being home and seeing my family, but I miss the sense of doing regular meaningful, life-affirming work. I enjoy my rural em jobs, but a few cool cases per week does not hold a candle to multiple major trauma cases per day. not depressed or PTSD now, just miss my colleagues from NYCM and the work we did there. They are recruiting for the next stage of the operation and now offer a stipend of $500/week for deployment with a min commitment of one month, all expenses paid. Unfortunately, I am committed at work and to other missions through the end of October. I may go back if the battle for Tal-Afar lasts into 2018.