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Hello Everyone, I am a civilian Critical Care Paramedic with a question for our Military Medic brothers and sisters. Do you feel your military medical training is aqueduct to operate as a Paramedic in the civilian population? This has been a long standing question I have had. I have worked with many military medics who are frustrated by the limited role they are given when transitioning to civilian EMS. I do share the thought that military medic are underutilized in the civilian setting when only being given an EMT level certification. That being said, it has always been my belief that military medical training if not sufficient to prepare someone to care for the vastly different and more diverse medical issues, situations and populations in the civilian world. I have never been through a military medic training course, so what I am seeking is insight to what is covered in the course. I am hoping to either confirm my beliefs or to learn new information that would give me a different point of view and a better perspective on the depth of military medical training. Lastly, I do believe a bridge program should be set up for military medics to help them quickly obtain paramedic status in the civilian world. The program should take the knowledge and skills learned from the military training and add in training on pediatrics, geriatrics, OB and any other areas not covered. All I ask is some insight from those that have gone through military medic training and especially those that have made the transition to civilian Paramedic. Thank you for your selfless service to our country.
FIRST ANNUAL MINI SOMA CONFERENCE TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2012 0800-1600. FT. BRAGG CLUB (LAFAYETTTE ROOM) FT. BRAGG NC To better serve our SOF medical community located at Ft. Bragg and environs, the SOMA BOD has decided to hold our first annual "mini" SOMA program at Ft. Bragg. The program is open to all SOMA members and non members who have an interest in SOF medicine. FREE PROGRAM—OPEN TO ALL The program is free (estimated cost of program is $21 per attendee) but seating is limited so preregistration is strongly suggested. If you pre-register on our site, please show up by 0745, on 18 SEPTEMBER to be first seated. After 0745, any open seats will given to walk in attendees. FREE LUNCH Refreshments will be provided during our morning break and we will have a free buffet lunch provided to all attendees from 1200-1300. FREE CMEs All attendees will have option to obtain CME/CEUs for attending the full day program. SOMA is in process of applying for 6.5 hours of credit. FIRST ANNUAL MINI SOMA PROGRAM 18 SEPTEMBER 2012 0800-0815; WELCOME COL Robert Harrington SOMA President 0815-0830; KEYNOTE WELCOME MG Paul LaCamera 0830-0840; WELCOME COL Peter Benson, USASOC Surgeon 0840-0910; TC3 Committee Update. Rick Strayer TCCC Committee Member. 0910-0930; Head Trauma MSG Jered Eldred 0930-0950; Ultrasound Review CPT Bill Vasios 0950-1010; SOF CA Medical Update, MSG Dennis Lyons 1010-1030; BREAK 1030-1050; SOF Med Equipment Update, MSG Kyle Sims 1050-1130; SOCMSSC Update, Win Kerr 1130-1200: SOF Medicine in Perspective, COL. Warner Anderson 1200-1300; FREE BUFFET FOR ALL ATTENDEES 1300-1320; Medical Lessons Learned, 18D, TBA 1320-1350; USASOC Mental Health Issues; Maj. Kim 1350-1420; Military Working Dog Vignettes, Maj. Baker 1420-1440; MARSOC Medical Update, TBA 1440-1500: SOF Dentistry, COL Harrington 1500-1600: USSOCOM CASEVAC Program, Mr. Luciano. With hands on demonstration of equipment 1600. Program Finish TO REGISTER: Go to www.specialoperationsmedicine.org, create an account, and register. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A SOMA MEMBER TO ATTEND.