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NYC Medics currently has a team on the ground in Vanuatu that includes both PAs and NPs.
They have received some funding from the World Health Organization to send a second team leaving 4/4 and a third team leaving 4/15. Both missions last 2 weeks. You can do one or both. All expenses will be paid. This is the chance of a lifetime to go to a place you would never see otherwise and make a significant impact in the lives of the people there affected by the recent cyclone. Experienced PAs and NPs only. No new grads please. Respond to NYCM’s director of field operations:
philsuarez@gmail.com
I would love to go on either or both of these missions but failed spectacularly at getting my shifts covered at work. This is a great organization to work with. I went to Haiti the week after the earthquake with them. professionally, that was the best 2 weeks of my medical career to date.

PM me with any specific questions or post them here.

PS My good friend Dr. Greg Davenport ( a regular PA forum poster) is the EM PA on the team...must be nice to be the Dean of a school of health sciences and write your own schedule...

Greg in action in Vanuatu:

http://websta.me/p/948837639805552249_961977128

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7.7 earthquake just hit New Guinea. I hope the damage is minimal.  However, it was a 7.6 quake that took me to Pakistan with them in 2005 and there 82,000 were killed.  The population is much less dense around New Guinea's islands, plus, I don't think they build with unreinforced concrete or mortar-less rocks as they did in Kashmir.  

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7.7 earthquake just hit New Guinea. I hope the damage is minimal.  However, it was a 7.6 quake that took me to Pakistan with them in 2005 and there 82,000 were killed.  The population is much less dense around New Guinea's islands, plus, I don't think they build with unreinforced concrete or mortar-less rocks as they did in Kashmir.  

JMJ- if you know anyone wanting to go to Vanuatu get the word out and have them send a note to Phil. they really need PA/NP folks for the next 2 teams.

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official announcement:

March 29, 2015
 
Re: Tropical Cyclone Pam
 
 
 
NYCMedics is a disaster relief NGO specializing in mobile medical teams (MMTs). We have an immediate need for volunteer physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and paramedics who can deploy to Vanuatu to work as part of an MMT delivering medical care to communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam. Details of the deployment include the following:
 
- Location: Port Vila, Epi Island, and Shephard Islands
- Airfare and food will be paid for by NYCMedics
- Departure date: as early as April 4th, 2015
- 2-3 weeks committment
- NYCMedics, in partnership with AmeriCares, has been awarded a CERF grant through the UN flash appeal process, and the Vanuatu Ministry of Health has requested NYCMedics to continue operating its MMTs as part of this grant
- NYCMedics is registered with the Ministry of Health and volunteers will be given official temporary medical licenses to practice in Vanuatu
- MMTs will be providing emergency healthcare in the field, identifying acutely ill patients needing aeromedical evacuation, malnutrition screening and referral, and assist with a measles vaccination catchup campaign. MMTs will primarily be mobile, but may occasionally work in facilities.
- NYCMedics MMTs will be equipped by AmeriCares and local sources, and are fully self-sufficient during field placements
 
Please contact Phil Suarez (NYCM Operations Director, phil@nycmedics.org) and/or Timothy Tan (NYCM Medical Director,
tim@nycmedics.org) if your are interested in volunteering; include your CV and dates of availability.
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