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Title: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cave Dweller on September 13, 2009, 11:38:43 PM
First off, let me just say I'm not a doctor.

I've had some first aid courses in Jr College, and kept my First aid and Cpr certifications up to date up until about a year ago.
That's about the extent of my medical expertise.

That, and flipping through a copy of "Grey's anatomy" when I was 13. The reproduction section If I remember correctly ;D

But we have several doctors on the forum, also some combat and flight medics, nurses, nursing assistants, midwives, housewives, and a few folks like me who think they know how to stop a nose bleed.

So I'm starting this thread for all the medical professionals to introduce themselves, chitchat, argue, and generally convince each other they are what they say they are.

My hope is that if some unqualified person does attempt to pass themselves off as someone they are not, their ignorance will quickly become apparent when conversing with the real thing.

Dispensing medical advise is a dangerous thing, even for professionals.

So All you Doctors and nurses, let's come to the front of the class and introduce ourselves here so we can get to know you.
Where'd ya go to school?
What kind of experience do yall have?
Do you specialize in anything?

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: ryerle23 on September 14, 2009, 04:17:11 AM
Hey man what about pharmacists ;)
Seriously though pharmacist can be a very useful resource in drug information/interactions.

I went to Washington State pharmacy school
Work nights as a hospital night pharmacist (FYI I don't count pills)
Also work some retail places i.e. Walgreens etc
Specialize in preventing you from dying due to med errors ;D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cougar on September 14, 2009, 06:05:00 AM
Cave Dweller,
I like the thread idea, but i don't know how many of us will speak up.  I rarely admit to being a physician online because of the concerns of liability in our society.  However, i'll jump in and see how many others will as well (Doc K and Walker obviously have already admitted their careers).
School: University of Illinois
Experience: Rural practice for several years.
Specialty: Family Practice.

And i agree, pharmacists would be worthwhile as well...they have saved my bacon on more than one occasion.  ;)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cave Dweller on September 14, 2009, 06:13:49 PM
Pharmacists, dentists, vegetarians, sorry, veterinarians, (public school victim can't spell) There's plenty of folks I probably missed.

Ryler23, pharmacists really gotta know a lot about drug interactions and such. I can see how you folks could save a doctor's bacon.

Couger, you are totally grey man. I had no idea you were a doc.
Glad to have ya.
The real benefit of this thread will be to have a central thread on which to alert folks about possible quacks.
And a place for the alleged quacks to defend themselves. (preferably the issue could be resolved via pm before holding a public duel)

At least that's the idea.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cougar on September 14, 2009, 06:51:40 PM
Actually, cavedweller, i am a redneck farmboy who snuck into med school under the radar.  Most of the folks i went with were suburnites who thought i was the biggest hick they ever met.  I think i was the only med student i know of with the nickname 'bubba'.   :D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Doc K on September 14, 2009, 07:17:11 PM
Not a bad idea, Cave Dweller.  Although, I doubt I would be able to spot a fake from a post like this.  I've never pimped in a forum setting!
I agree completely with Cougar about not usually advertising being a physician.  That is why I will post a disclaimer with any post where I give medical advice that is more than just common sense or clarification. 

School: Mayo Clinic
Experience: Active Duty Air Force
Location: classified (okay not really, but I'll be moving soon to who knows where); no deployments yet (my wife is thankful!);
I'm also a Fellow Candidate in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
Specialty: Family Medicine
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cave Dweller on September 14, 2009, 10:03:57 PM
Is that a real air force emblem? The one combining the serpent n pole with the air force symbol?
Or something somebody just put together.

Either way it's pretty cool.

Every now and then I'll see somebody (claiming to be an expert) post something that I actually have some experience in, and it makes me lean forward and go "what the heck are they thinking? They should know better!"
Of course I've regurgitated wrong info too, and somebody in the know has corrected me. Usually it's no big deal. But medical stuff? Our bodies ain't quite replaceable yet.

Glad to have yall here, the beauty of the online community is anybody can say anything, but there are always experts ready to slap them aside.
I think it's how wikipedia stays mostly accurate. There's always somebody ready to say "what the @#%$ is this?"
 8)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Doc K on September 15, 2009, 04:41:50 AM
Is that a real air force emblem? The one combining the serpent n pole with the air force symbol?
Or something somebody just put together.

Either way it's pretty cool.

Before medicine, I was a graphic designer.  It is something I made.  Glad you like it!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: walker on September 15, 2009, 10:09:11 PM
Nice idea Cave Dweller.

Physician Assistant
Experience: 12 years, worked in remote and urban settings, from family practice, emergency medicine, spine rehab/brain injury, military medicine, occupational medicine, urgent care, and ENT.  I can't seem to settle into a single focus, and my path seems to stay on something for 2-3 years and move onto another.  What a wonderful thing it is to be a PA and enjoy the mobility.
School: Midwestern University
Specialty: whatever floats my interest, but I would say Wilderness/Remote Care Medicine is my passion

Couger, you and I are cut from the same cloth.  My nickname was "hillbilly" in school, and I made it into school merely by talking to the right person at the right time. (very long story)  I have done rather well for a high school failure hillbilly infantryman paying my own way, but it was pure desire and discipline that pulled me through.

Regards 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cougar on September 15, 2009, 10:21:34 PM
"Pure desire and discipline"...definitely more valuable than pure intellect in the medical field.  I was far from the smartest in med school but as i tell the local rural kids, hard work pays off.
Not to highjack the thread, but what do you folks who are in the field think of 'healthcare reform'?  And on Jack's topic for the day, are you seeing any flu yet?  In Illinois they discourage us from subtyping flu for H1N1 but the number of flulike illnesses the past week has shot way up.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: walker on September 15, 2009, 11:36:47 PM
I am not against "healthcare reform" in a general sense, but I am against anything that further expands govt involvement in our lives.  The price of Liberty is not only borne upon battlefields, but also in allowing individual accountability for life choices.  I will write nothing further about it in this forum to avoid hijack mayhem.       

I have seen sporadic H1N1 and seasonal flu cases here in the southwest, but no cases requiring hospitalization yet.  Now that school has been in session, I expect to see the cases jump.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Doc K on September 16, 2009, 05:53:12 AM
I think America has the best medicine in the world.  I think our healthcare system needs some help.  I don't think the gov't is the one to do it though.

I am in the SE US, and we are seeing a lot of ILI (influenza-like illness).  Our infectious disease dept told us to stop swabbing for it, because greater than 95% of the people with ILI symptoms were coming back H1N1 positive.  ILI equates to chills OR fever (documented at 100F or above) PLUS cough OR sore throat.  That is capturing a large group of people.  Obviously some without H1N1.  Our protocol is that if a person calls and meets those criteria, they are routed to a nurse phone clinic.  If the person's symptoms are suspicious for strep throat or ILI with complications (and therefore needing treatment) they will get an in office visit.  If the person has a potentially at-risk person in the home (very young/old, chronic disease) then they will get prophylaxis.  We are trying to have some modicum of mild home quarantine for now.  It is really a practice run for when flu-season really kicks off.  We are still working out the kinks in the system now, as some people are still slipping through and sitting in our waiting room with 102F temps and cough and body aches, etc. 

I'm sure this will kick-off some conversation.  Maybe we'll need to move it to another thread.

Doc K.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: 91B30V on September 16, 2009, 11:41:21 AM
I am physician assistant with 15 years in Emergency medicine. 9 of those years in a inner city level one trauma center and the last 6 in a different 50 bed inner city/community ED.  I have also have moonlighted in a friends OB/GYN practice, walk in centers, and for 2 years I did international travel medicine clinic.

Prior experience to PA school as a 91B30V in the US Army.  Started based as a 91A10 on a floor in a Hospital. Then a Spc 4 in a troop medical clinic.  Wanted that "ARMY EXPERIENCE" and went to airborne and ranger school and ended up in an LRSD unit.

Schooling- Attended the Bowman Gray School of Medicine PA program, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem N.C.

I am pretty lucky as a PA that I get to work very autonomously in my ED. Its more like practicing as a Senior resident. There are no limits placed on me as to what I can or can not see or do.  The only request is if I feel like I need help just ask. I am no "Lone Cowboy".

As far a flu goes in the spring we were testing via swabs like crazy and getting a lot of positive for influenza A/B.  Wether it was swine flu or not, I never got feedback from the state on the swabs we sent out.  I would say a good 95% of those I saw just had typical flu symptoms and got better with support therapy. I did not give out that much tamiflu since most people showed up 48hours of greater after onset of symptoms.  Those that were very sick from the flu has some type of co-morbidity such as COPD, asthma, CHD, CAD and ETC.  Now that school is back in session there is a rise again, but nothing earth shaking.  I will approach this currently as I did before. Flu is flu and treat each patient on an individual basis and not on fear of hype. And by the way I really want to change the name of "Swine Flu" to "Dragon Flu" it make it sound so much cooler......... ::) ;D

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cougar on September 16, 2009, 12:27:50 PM
And by the way I really want to change the name of "Swine Flu" to "Dragon Flu" it make it sound so much cooler......... ::) ;D



Lol! Hadnt thought of that.  I hate H1N1 because it is not specific for this outbreak, just a strain.  I liked swine flu but due to it being anti-semitic and anti-pork there was the backlash.  Dragon flu...i like it, but i need to check with some of my chinese friends to make sure it is politically OK.
I must say, there are days i almost wish i had gone to PA school.  The flexibility to change specialties would be nice. 
 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: 91B30V on September 16, 2009, 01:09:48 PM
Cougar,

It is never to late to go to PA school.  In fact in my PA class I had a retired "full bird" colonel from the air force, who was a jet pilot.  Decided after he retired that he wanted to be a PA.  Food for thought.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cougar on September 16, 2009, 01:54:29 PM
Not sure how they would view an MD who wanted to go to PA school.  At this point in my career i am considering something unrelated to medicine.  Perhaps building bunkers in the woods and making tinfoil hats.  ;)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: 91B30V on September 16, 2009, 02:48:02 PM
Cougar,

My apologies I should have paid attention to your previous post.  Tinfoil is always in when it fits the times.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: outdoorman63 on September 16, 2009, 03:16:21 PM
Currently working with a Hospital based Ambulance service as a Paramedic, we cover 400 plus square miles of Urban,inner city and rural area's.
27 years experience in Fire/Ems and search and rescue with the last 20 as a medic.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: kiteflyer on September 16, 2009, 03:31:28 PM

     We need a doc like Marshal Dillion and Fetus had, here! ;D I try to stay away from doctors and manage my ailments with herbs and over the counter drugs,I cheat a little with Canadian Pharmacies for Cialas.But I  have not found any way to get around a damn good surgeon yet! Hernia,last year made me go see the doc but I did my own diagnosis ;D. Welcome Doc!Hope you can give us some good prevention advice,just don't tell me to give up my cigars and we will be fine.  ;)

                                           kiteflyer


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Before medicine, I was a graphic designer.  It is something I made.  Glad you like it!
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Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cave Dweller on September 16, 2009, 06:48:39 PM
     We need a doc like Marshal Dillion and Fetus had, here! ;D I try to stay away from doctors and manage my ailments with herbs and over the counter drugs,I cheat a little with Canadian Pharmacies for Cialas.But I  have not found any way to get around a damn good surgeon yet! Hernia,last year made me go see the doc but I did my own diagnosis ;D. Welcome Doc!Hope you can give us some good prevention advice,just don't tell me to give up my cigars and we will be fine.  ;)

                                           kiteflyer


quote author=Doc K link=topic=8803.msg97642#msg97642 date=1253011310]
Before medicine, I was a graphic designer.  It is something I made.  Glad you like it!


Hernia surgery, huh?
That's a nice do it yourself project.
Lesee... you'll need a big mirror, a pair of scissors, sharp spoon... what else?

*walks away mumbling*
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 17, 2009, 11:11:11 AM
CD, huge +1 for the thread!  

I'm an EMT I (working on II) here in Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay AK.  Certified EMT in the 80's and completed combat medic course in Panama early 90's.  

GOAL:  EMT III in the next year and a wilderness EMT cert soon.  Our newest PA Is a certified instructor, so getting a class will be easier.

Glad you guys stepped out of the shadows and identified your creds!  

V/r
Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: drthumbs on September 17, 2009, 01:41:58 PM
Looks like there are quite a few medical personal that are far beyond my own level of education and experience.  That is nice to know.

As for me, I am a paramedic with three years under my belt.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dangermouse568 on September 19, 2009, 03:17:02 PM

I guess I'm not the only Pharmacist here. 19 years in a hospital.
Masters in Biology/Botany. Tend toward herbal medicine.

Glad to see other medical professionals are interested in prepping.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: tman61 on September 27, 2009, 08:47:12 AM
Greetings all,

I am a RN that started as a Medic in the Army about 30 years ago.  Currently I specialize in cardiac electrophysiology and work for industry.  Been a long time listener and one of the original Member Support Brigade members.  Wasn't sure I had anything to contribute, so this is my first post.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cougar on September 27, 2009, 02:34:26 PM
Welcome to the forum, tim!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cave Dweller on September 28, 2009, 08:49:08 PM
Nice avitar tman
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: tman61 on September 29, 2009, 03:53:32 PM
Thanks!  Called the four fluid stages of life.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBob on September 30, 2009, 09:00:49 PM
Guess I'll wade in as the first one admitting to the dental profession. Baylor College of Dentistry ... 26 years experience. These days I focus a lot on the high tech stuff.

However, I have spent more total years as a professional musician, than as a dental surgeon. It's good therapy!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 30, 2009, 09:05:05 PM
Welcome aboard DrBob!  Dentists are welcome to ;D!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: SaltyHobbit on October 05, 2009, 08:23:54 PM
Been a line medic since 04 before screwing up and starting to work in a military ER as the equivalent of a CNA that can suture, and IND. Trying to decide if I continue a path with medicine or start something else. Will go SF in the guard shooting for 18D.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: crnadoc on October 11, 2009, 09:05:16 AM
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Finishing this as part of my doctorate program.

Private practice for the last 18 years.
Tactical Medicine holds great interest to me.

My wife is a pharmacist. (PharmD)

It is a pleasure to meet all of you.

Ron
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Doc K on October 11, 2009, 09:11:15 AM
Welcome CRNAdoc and SaltyHobbit!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: ubergeek on October 11, 2009, 09:29:35 AM
Totally out of practice now....but....

worked volunteer fire/rescue late 80's/early 90, mainly vehicle extractions, rescue dive missions, or complex entrapment rescues (think industrial accidents)
army medic for 4 years, actually saw some combat in the early 90's
army lpn worked first in a coronary care unit then a surgical ICU/open heart recovery, bcls instructor, acls, pals..etc, etc
come from a long line of medical folks, mom is a CRNP, sister is RN, aunt is CRNA, uncle is Emergency Med Dr.

Been out of the medical field almost 11 years now, since I got out of the army. I'm thankful for all the skills I have learned over the years, but pretty glad I've made the move into the IT field. If I had stayed in the military I would have gone for PA school...but I hated working in the hospital so that would have been my only option to get back to a line unit.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: bladesmith on October 26, 2009, 03:18:01 PM
EMT-I with 15 years and have alos been through the Contoms (counter narcotics terrorism medical support) program and the NTOA tems(tactical emergency medical support) program.  Work for a volunteer service here in eastern Montana we don't practice rural medicine we are into frontier medicine out here.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBob on October 26, 2009, 07:51:33 PM
Welcome aboard bladesmith!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 26, 2009, 10:26:30 PM
Guess I'll wade in as the first one admitting to the dental profession. Baylor College of Dentistry ... 26 years experience. These days I focus a lot on the high tech stuff.

However, I have spent more total years as a professional musician, than as a dental surgeon. It's good therapy!

Hmmmmm, that looks like it might be... a mandolin?  Whatever it is, it's gorgeous (your avatar).  Welcome aboard, and glad that we have a dental surgeon on the forum!  ;D  <--- clean teef
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Tennessee Mountaineer on October 27, 2009, 04:29:40 AM
Lots of Army medics here. Me-91B, 91C, back in the day, worked on the Nuclear Accident Control team. Now EMT-I and WEMT. Like Doc B spent years as a musician, It is good therapy.  Howdy from TN!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 27, 2009, 03:04:49 PM
Greetings all,

I am a RN that started as a Medic in the Army about 30 years ago.  Currently I specialize in cardiac electrophysiology and work for industry.  Been a long time listener and one of the original Member Support Brigade members.  Wasn't sure I had anything to contribute, so this is my first post.
Everyone has something to contribute. ;)

Ex-EMT here.  Worked the back of an ambulance & in ED's.  I've been out of it for a few years so you won't find me giving medical advice, probably not even if I was still was doing it.   I'm headed back to school in January to re-cert & re-license 'cause I just can't get it out of my blood.  I always loved the trauma calls the best.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBob on October 27, 2009, 08:11:28 PM
Hmmmmm, that looks like it might be... a mandolin?  Whatever it is, it's gorgeous (your avatar).  Welcome aboard, and glad that we have a dental surgeon on the forum!  ;D  <--- clean teef

Hats off to ya Sister Wolf! That's actually a very good guess. Its actually a banjo, A Stelling Staghorn to be exact.

Just like DeltaEchoVictor said abut never getting the EMT out of his blood, Tennessee Mountaineer will attest that we will also never get the music out our blood ... not till they nail the box shut.

If the balloon went up and we were all sitting around a campfire sharing a pot of homemade chili, the Mountaineer and I could strike up a tune to entertain you while Jack is pouring us a glass of homebrew. One thing I can promise you ... you won't hear any crying music. You will hear plenty of grinnin' and pattin' your foot kind of music!
DrBob
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 27, 2009, 08:24:42 PM
Hats off to ya Sister Wolf! That's actually a very good guess. Its actually a banjo, A Stelling Staghorn to be exact.

I was torn between banjo and mandolin.  I knew it was one of the two.  I think actually mandolins have 8 strings, right?

Anyhow, it's BEAUTIFUL.  I'd love to hear you play sometime!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBob on October 27, 2009, 09:34:58 PM
SW,

You're right. Most mandolins are acoustic and have eight strings, four sets of doubles. The lowest two  have an octave double. I once saw Ricky Skaggs playing one of the rare exceptions: an electric four string mandolin. But most have eight strings. Thanks for the compliment on my instrument. I waited and saved for a lot years to get one like this. I love it!!

Interesting side note: you can look back hundreds of years at either war times or economic hard times and see a common thread. Music was one of the most readily and easily applied boosters of morale for the masses of "regular Joes". Civil War ... they always had some one playing banjo or harmonica at the campfire. Great Depression ... some of the businesses that continued to thrive were the ones that had live music and booze. The Irish and the Brits in Ireland ... the small local brew pubs that did well against the many competitors had local talent playing music (which usually included a banjo player). WWII, Viet Nam, and Middle East were/are no different. Even back 200 years plus, Native Indians here, Mexico, and Central Mexico ... they always had music before a battle.

Music for marriages, births, deaths, anything religious or spiritual. Music speaks to the soul. Ever wondered why a certain song will zap you back in time many years to a moment of significance??? Your soul writes it on the hard drive of your brain's memory.

When the warriors have spent the day protecting the gates, the doctors have spent the day mending the wounded, the engineers have spent the day designing the next best defense weapon, the generals have spent the day deciding where to employ it, the farmers and the chefs have spent the day getting the evening meal ready ..... THEN the homebrewers and the musicians will spend the evening getting everybody else in a mood to do it all again the next day!! As a doc and a musician, I have a day job and a night job! Now that's job security!!!

I don't know if we have a thread on maintaining morale of the group, but if we don't we should. I have listened to over 250 of Jack's podcasts, and I don't remember hearing this addressed.

Anyway, sorry for the rambling, but music talks to all of us. In a SHTF scenario, we really should plan to use the music to make us all stronger. DANG! I just realized that this is probably not where I should have been putting this stuff. If I just got myself in trouble, I apologize, put me in the time out corner. My bad. (But sincere)
DrBob
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on October 27, 2009, 10:08:32 PM
Nothing out of place there, DrBob; it's all true.

I've been behind a prescription counter since I was 16; so, that will be 44 years in a couple months. I've done almost everything in Pharmacy; except radioisotopes (which I really was very interested in, too). For the last 17+ years, I've been helping take care of our nations veterans; it has been most rewarding. The first 5 years of that on the surgical floor, and the last 12 in an outpatient clinic setting. I pretty much spend each day talking with about 80-90 veterans, and sometimes helping some new Docs learn how to do things right.

I've been very much into natural and herbal meds for about 15 years, and the last few years into cellular nutrition. [I think the knowledge of nutrition, especially on the cellular level, is sorely lacking throughout most health professionals]

Paycheck---pretty low for the profession
Benefits----the private sector caught us
To serve those who served---priceless.

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 27, 2009, 10:11:01 PM
Yup, you're totally fine, Dr. Bob.  :)

Thanks for talking to us about music.  If you really want to see a "morale" thread, PLEASE start one!  Look for a place that looks somewhat appropriate on the forum, and then fwoosh, start a new topic.  Might be a good way to get Jack to see it and think about it.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: NightCat on October 27, 2009, 10:13:10 PM
Hi everyone,

I was pleased to see this intro thread so thought i would jump in. I got my EMT1A cert awhile back but did not pursue it as a career due to the fact that pay was really bad. Now I'm getting my doctorate  in physical therapy (DPT). So when you throw your back out pulling weeds or your bug out bag is too heavy with the plasma tv in there, well...you will know who to call... ;)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on October 27, 2009, 10:25:48 PM
Yup, you're totally fine, Dr. Bob.  :)

Thanks for talking to us about music.  If you really want to see a "morale" thread, PLEASE start one!  Look for a place that looks somewhat appropriate on the forum, and then fwoosh, start a new topic.  Might be a good way to get Jack to see it and think about it.

Ahhh! Sis, I feel a SHOW IDEA coming on!  ;D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Holmes on October 30, 2009, 07:21:26 PM
I'm an Occuapational Therapist.  No I will not get you a new job.....well maybe.  Anyway I work at a hospital and interact will a wide assortment of medical disciplines.  It is beneficial, and I love it.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Orionblade on November 02, 2009, 12:56:33 AM
Patient advocate, mostly doing social security and medicaid claims, as well as medicare early discharge hearings. I'll be going to medical school in 2011, God willing and the creek don't rise.

I also have some experience on an FDA advisory panel, and get regular updates and invites to meetings, particularly regarding new drugs/devices and recalls. I may start a thread on that topic if you all would like - I can just re-post the emails I get into the thread and you can keep tabs on things that have been recalled or relabeled. The most recent one I recall was a while back about some tainted heparin from china, where they make/extract it from pig intestines. Underpaid rural chinese workers making drugs from improperly prepared pig poop chutes. Yick.

I also worked in a biomedical research lab where I developed two devices which showed promise, but may never see the light of day. A third is in the works related to electrical stimulation and repair of spinal cord injuries, and luckily I was able to preserve my intellectual property rights to that one.

I have lots of little here-and-there hands on experience, and access to medical students and good working relationships with local physicians and individuals in the pharmaceutical industry, so I'm more than happy to find answers for folks, since if I don't have the information, I have access to the confluence of many disparate sources.

Cheers and all that to the rest of the medical professional/preppers.

*waves*

Orion
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on November 02, 2009, 05:38:53 PM
Kudos, Orion, on med school. With what you've told us of your background, you'd make a great MD. Marcus Welby, look out! [sorry if i dated myself and he predates you ;)]
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cptcaver on November 02, 2009, 06:32:05 PM
Hey.  I am a physician.  I went to Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.  I did an internal medicine residency in rural VA.  And I am now in a pulmonary fellowship at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  My interests are in critical care and doing procedures and would like to take a tactical medicine course as soon as time allows.  My wife and I enjoy prepping, although I think I enjoy it a little more, and we will be moving to rural KY soon and starting a homestead up on about 5-6 acres. 

This forum is awesome and has a ton of great information and I appreciate all the answers that everyone has given me.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Orionblade on November 02, 2009, 09:11:04 PM
Kudos, Orion, on med school. With what you've told us of your background, you'd make a great MD. Marcus Welby, look out! [sorry if i dated myself and he predates you ;)]

No problem - I tend to get along better with old farts anyhow.

*tee hee*

And thanks - I had a couple of months recently when I decided I didn't want to be a doctor, then I had my grandmother transferred up to MCV in Richmond when a local hospital wanted me to pull the plug. Four hours later she was conscious, on a ventilator, and was writing notes telling the nurses (very attractive I might add) that I was single, and giving them knowing glances. We pick her up thursday-ish from the skilled nursing facility.

Not sure if it was the difference in atmosphere/level of care, or the attractive scenery (how you doin'?) that changed my mind, but I'm back on track. I scored a 29 on my MCAT without a prep course, set to take it again this spring.

In all seriousness, however, thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and encouragement/input/etc.

Orion
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BetzCell on November 02, 2009, 11:54:00 PM
Heya folks,

Just tossing my hat  into the ring.  I'm a fourth year med student (yea, reeaaaaly professional  ;D ) heading into neurology.  That and $3.50 more of academic loans and I can buy a cup of coffee.  Great seeing all the real pros around here.  I hope to learn a lot from y'all!

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: boredparamedic on November 03, 2009, 07:08:09 AM
Been in EMS 24+yrs ,10 of that with FD until I got hurt so now still on the streets as a paramedic. Have done just about everything except helicopter (the only way you are getting me in one is unconscious)Work in a busy city and just when you think you have seen everthing, some dipwad comes up with something new !
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on November 03, 2009, 08:36:40 AM
Hey.  I am a physician.  I went to Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.  I did an internal medicine residency in rural VA.  And I am now in a pulmonary fellowship at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  My interests are in critical care and doing procedures and would like to take a tactical medicine course as soon as time allows.  My wife and I enjoy prepping, although I think I enjoy it a little more, and we will be moving to rural KY soon and starting a homestead up on about 5-6 acres. 

This forum is awesome and has a ton of great information and I appreciate all the answers that everyone has given me.

Congrats on your soon to be homestead!  That's huge!  Please keep us posted with progress and pictures. 

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: ALPHIE OMEGA on November 03, 2009, 12:30:43 PM
Rn, now work in ER and ICU. Many years in surgery, Navy corpsman and Ex Army 91B
Live in the sticks on a ranch raise our own beef,pork and eggs. No milk cow right now but working on that again. Did make our own butter when had the Jersey for milk. Been prepping for 20 years. Have solar up,well ponds,spring stocked ponds more livestock
Teach classes on the side now Survival/tactical medicine communications,alternative power and more at the ranch
Next class in January of 2010 3rd weekend
check the website www.alphieomegatraining.com (http://www.alphieomegatraining.com)
Recent writeup in SWAT mag about our training July I think 2009
in Oklahoma outside Durant south central
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: docred on November 08, 2009, 12:34:13 PM
Im late to the party....

ER doc, finished 4 years residency for same in June, since then working at a busy ER in gorgeous new mexico.

Actually went to med school with cptcaver and his wife; they are great folks and they inspire and motivate my prepping. cptcaver has the best and most tolerant wife ever. I cant decide who is sexier; cptcaver or his wife.

Before medical school was a paramedic, EMT, did some volunteer sar around the mid-atlantic area. Am currently reading for written boards and also going through the candidate member program with the volunteer Mountain Rescue team here.

A lot of people have been commenting on their H1N1 experiences - we are still seeing sporadic cases; a few weeks ago we were just getting killed with flu cases - the overwhelming majority being motrin fluids work note home players, but I did send one to ICU for ARDS, a few diabetics with bad DKA, and a dozen or so cases of post flu pneumonia.

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on November 08, 2009, 12:48:00 PM
Welcome Docred and AO!  Docred, is your experience with H1N1 living up with the media hype?  For that matter, let me post that question to all of you medical experts.....has the H1N1 been as bad as the Fed/Media been reporting?   

Docred, I did my time at Kirtland AFB NM and loved it.  Didn't care for city life, but enjoyed my time there.  Really miss the food!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: docred on November 08, 2009, 01:48:05 PM
I think the media has really done a disservice to the community with the fear and hysteria they have whipped up.

In my experience, the overwealming variety of people with the flu have had what I would characterize as mild illness (although some of the patients might disagree) - but really if all you need is 5-7 days rest, some motrin and tylenol and lots of fluids, from my view you arent that sick. That said, a very few people get REALLY sick from this thing - we dont really have a handle on why or who until it happens.

That said, we have had tamiflu shortages and a lot of people with ILI. As nuts as thing was a few weeks ago, I cannot even imagine what things would have been like if we were seeing a consistent even 1-2% mortality.

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on November 08, 2009, 07:14:50 PM
I dispensed a bunch of Tamiflu capsules yesterday. Not one order for liquid. Today, especially late this afternoon, I got whacked with a lot of orders for the liquid, which isn't available, so, we have to make it from the capsule contents.

Isn't it just amazing how kids get sicker the closer to they get to Sunday night and school on Monday? Things that make you go "hmmmm..."
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: drthumbs on November 09, 2009, 12:04:30 AM
I just got over H1N!.  Yesterday was my first day back at work.  It was rough on me...knocked me in the dirt for a few days. six people in my family have come down with it in the last two weeks.  I was the last and was the hardest hit.  It was by no means fun, but it was the flu when is the flu fun.  Way over hyped in the beginning and even now.

Opted to skip the MD and treat myself, with a lot of help from my wife.  I'm thinking I made the right choice there.

Funny thing is that I was much more worried about bringing it home to my kids, but I ended up getting it from them. :)

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Altered Mental Status on November 09, 2009, 08:35:12 PM
I'm a Paramedic working for a air medical company, Wilderness First Aid Instructor,BLS Instructor, and currently serving on a Disaster Medical Response Team and a bush crafter....

I'm new to the site so this is the first post!!!!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on November 09, 2009, 09:35:06 PM
Great first post AMS!  Welcome aboard!  I hate to ask you to do it twice but can you introduce yourself on the intro thread? 
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=89.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=89.0)

V/r BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 10, 2009, 01:57:12 AM
AMS, you coming to DT10?  Sounds like you'd fit right in.  Pretty much everybody there (at least the instructors and a good 70% of the attendees) are bushcrafters, wilderness first aid folks, etc, etc, etc.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBob on November 10, 2009, 09:00:10 PM
Altered Mental Status,

Glad to have you aboard!!!
DrBob
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Altered Mental Status on November 10, 2009, 09:01:03 PM
AMS, you coming to DT10?  Sounds like you'd fit right in.  Pretty much everybody there (at least the instructors and a good 70% of the attendees) are bushcrafters, wilderness first aid folks, etc, etc, etc.

yep, will be 1st time and planning on trying to make it an annual event.... Maybe one day I can Instruct....
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cptcaver on November 12, 2009, 07:57:59 AM
Im late to the party....

ER doc, finished 4 years residency for same in June, since then working at a busy ER in gorgeous new mexico.

Actually went to med school with cptcaver and his wife; they are great folks and they inspire and motivate my prepping. cptcaver has the best and most tolerant wife ever. I cant decide who is sexier; cptcaver or his wife.

Before medical school was a paramedic, EMT, did some volunteer sar around the mid-atlantic area. Am currently reading for written boards and also going through the candidate member program with the volunteer Mountain Rescue team here.

A lot of people have been commenting on their H1N1 experiences - we are still seeing sporadic cases; a few weeks ago we were just getting killed with flu cases - the overwhelming majority being motrin fluids work note home players, but I did send one to ICU for ARDS, a few diabetics with bad DKA, and a dozen or so cases of post flu pneumonia.


Well, I will have to say this about the swine flu.  I think the media overhypes everything.  They have gone on and on about the swine flu and vaccine shortages.  However, what they are leaving out is all the people dying from it.  I work in SC, one of the 2 states that are listed as NOT widespread.  With that said, we have had over 8 patients admitted to the ICU in the last 2 months and out of the 7 that have been discharged so far, 6 of them have been discharged to Jesus.  The only one that has survived was on Xigris.  These people are some of the sickest patients I have ever seen.  They come in with fever, then within 24-48 hours they are in severe ARDS and on a vent.  Then, they all go into renal failure and die like rats within 4 days to a week.  I have never seen anything like it.  We have also had 4 (I think) kids die.  I think this stuff is a lot worse than the media is letting on.  They want to hype up shortages and flu centers and this and that, but maybe it's a good think they are not reporting on the deaths.  It's crazy here, I don't know about anywhere else, though.  One more thing....all the patients basically have no underlying disease, maybe some HTN or something.  They are either healthy, pregnant or obese and all have been b/n 25-55 years old....a complete reversal from what we are seeing with the seasonal flu.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on November 12, 2009, 05:30:06 PM
Looks like we're finally addressing some of the statin overuse: [By the way, we actually don't get very many cautions like this, although the bulletin does come out regularly]

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NATIONAL PBM BULLETIN
NOVEMBER 10, 2009
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (VHA) PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGEMENT SERVICES (PBM),
MEDICAL ADVISORY PANEL (MAP), & CENTER FOR MEDICATION SAFETY (VA MEDSAFE)
SAFETY OF HIGH DOSE STATIN-FIBRATE COMBINATIONS
I. ISSUE
High dose HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors (statins) combined with fibric acid derivatives have unclear benefit on clinical outcomes and may
cause harm through increased risk of muscle toxicity and rhabdomyolysis.
II. BACKGROUND
The clinical benefit of statin-fibrate combinations is not clear.1 However, the risk for muscle toxicity with combination therapy is greater than
that for either statins or fibrates alone.2 The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study is investigating the effect of
the statin-fibrate combination versus a statin alone on cardiovascular outcomes. Results from ACCORD are expected in 2010.3 Until then, the
combination should be used with caution, and clinicians should consider that certain factors can also increase an individual’s risk for muscle
toxicity with the combination including further drug-drug interactions (see below under 3d, for examples) , advanced age, impaired renal
function, female gender, alcoholism and hypothyroidism. In general, high dose statins and fibrates should be avoided. Due to limited literature
and adverse event reporting, whether certain high-potency statins are safer when combined with a fibrate is unclear. 1 Moreover, there is as yet
little clinical evidence that one fibrate is safer than another when used with statins. 4
III. PROVIDER RECOMMENDATIONS1
1. Avoid routine use of statin-fibrate combinations because there is no evidence for additional cardiovascular event reduction with statinfibrate
combinations over statins alone; but there is evidence for an added risk of serious adverse events (e.g. rhabdomyolysis or severe
myalgia).
2. For patients already on a statin-fibrate combination:
a. If LDL-C lowering is paramount, discontinue the fibrate and use a statin as the primary agent, add other agents as necessary
(e.g., niacin, bile acid sequestrants) to reach goal.
b. If triglyceride lowering is the primary objective (e.g., with TG >500 mg/dL), discontinue the statin and continue the fibrate.
c. If LDL-C lowering and triglycerides require reduction, , discontinue the fibrate, titrate the statin as necessary (for LDL-C
lowering) and utilize niacin or fish oils, if at all possible.
d. Consider that there is little clinical evidence that one fibrate is safer than another when used in combination with a statin.
3. If combination therapy with a statin-fibrate is considered clinically necessary and benefits are deemed to outweigh the risks, then:
a. Use the lowest effective statin dose, regardless of the statin or fibrate used.
b. Adhere to statin dose limits in the product labeling (i.e., simvastatin 10 mg, lovastatin 20 mg or rosuvastatin 10 mg daily) in
combination with gemfibrozil. Atorvastatin does not list a maximum dose but the lowest effective dose of this agent should be
used when combined with a fibrate.
c. Only consider the combination if patients have normal renal (eGFR >60 ml/min), liver and thyroid function.
d. Use added caution in patients receiving other drugs known to inhibit statin metabolism (For example, serum concentrations of
simvastatin, lovastatin and atorvastatin are increased in the presence of macrolides, azole antifungals, protease inhibitors,
cyclosporine, amiodarone, verapamil, diltiazem, etc.).
e. Discuss the risks and benefits of combination therapy with patients and document the discussion in the patient’s medical record.
f. Warn the patient to report any new muscle pain, tenderness or weakness to their providers immediately.
4. When a statin-fibrate combination is used, the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) III5 and the
VA/DoD Dyslipidemia Guideline recommend a baseline creatine kinase (CK) level prior to initiating combination therapy. Measurement
of CK is repeated if the patient reports muscle symptoms resembling myopathy. Both groups also recommend discontinuing combination
therapy (both statin and fibrate) if CK is greater than 10 times the upper limit of normal with muscle symptoms (tenderness, pain or
weakness). Once symptoms resolve completely and CK has normalized, either drug can be restarted at a lower dose.
Page 2 of 2
IV. REFERENCES
1. STATIN-FIBRATE REPORT: Focus on Safety. Washington, DC: Pharmacy Benefits Management Services and theMedical Advisory
Panel, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. September 2004.
http://vaww.national.cmop.va.gov/PBM/Clinical%20Guidance/Clinical%20Recommendations/statin-fibrate%20safety%20report- (http://vaww.national.cmop.va.gov/PBM/Clinical%20Guidance/Clinical%20Recommendations/statin-fibrate%20safety%20report-)
Final.doc (Accessed 9-30-09)
2. Shepherd J. Fibrates and Statins in the Treatment of Hyperlipidemia: An Appraisal of Their Safety and Efficacy. Eur Heart J 1995;
16:5-13.
3. http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00000620 (http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00000620) (Accessed 9-30-09)
4. Jacobson TA. Myopathy with statin-fibrate combination therapy: clinical considerations. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2009 Sep; 5 (9):507-18.
5. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol/atp3full.pdf (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol/atp3full.pdf) (Accessed 9-30-09)
ACTIONS:
? Facility COS and Chief Nurse Executives: Forward this document to all appropriate providers who prescribe/use/handle this
agent (e.g., primary care providers cardiologists, lipidologists, and endocrinologists, including contract providers, etc.). In
addition, forward to the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Research and Development (R&D). Forward to other VA
employees as deemed appropriate.
? ACOS for R&D: Forward this document to Principal Investigators (PIs) who have authority to practice at the facility and to
your respective Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Laiph on November 17, 2009, 08:55:14 AM
Great thread - I'm a general surgeon & my husband is a PharmD.  I trained at Tulane in New Orleans & did trauma/critical care fellowship there. Washed up into the north part of Louisiana by the hurricane.  Look forward to getting to know ya'll. 

By the way, I might have officially become a conspiracy-tin foil hat type today.  During a government takeover of medicine we get the recommendation today to stop mammography screening in women under 50, change screening to q2yr in women under 60 & stop teaching women self-breast exam. Really????  Guess they need time to get the insurance companies on board to not pay for mammography before the final takeover.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on November 17, 2009, 10:08:13 PM
Welcome aboard Laiph!  Unfortunately I think that breast exam decision is just the first of many to come.  I watched my sister-in-law die of breast cancer 4 years ago and can't even imagine what the hell was behind this load of BS! 

Anyway, I look forward to your input and hope your enjoy your time here!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on November 17, 2009, 10:25:42 PM
By the way, I might have officially become a conspiracy-tin foil hat type today.  During a government takeover of medicine we get the recommendation today to stop mammography screening in women under 50, change screening to q2yr in women under 60 & stop teaching women self-breast exam. Really????  Guess they need time to get the insurance companies on board to not pay for mammography before the final takeover.

I saw that report. It adds up that they want to pay less for testing. But not teaching self examination?  ??? When my daughter was in a recent minor traffic accident, and had a nasty headache and neck pain later that evening, we felt she should get looked at, just in case. The ER MD, however, said they would not do a brain scan unless and/or until her symptoms got worse. I was OK with that, as long as we were establishing her as having seen someone for the injury early on, and could keep an eye on the situation. It was a bit of a departure from trying to cover all bases [and their butts] by testing extensively. Additionally, I knew that swelling in the brain can go on up to several days, and that we would watch her closely for that time period, so it made sense to me.

Now, at the VA, I have been working with meeting criteria for non-formulary drugs for quite some time, which those in the public sector are still getting used to using. Well, to me, this has been a system where we as providers know we have to be cost-conscious, [do we really need $500 worth of Plavix when a couple of dollars worth of aspirin will do the job for 80 or 90% of the patients?] but at least we have MDs and Pharmacists calling the shots. On the outside, when I have to call an insurance company for prior approval, who is it? I don't think it's some one who WANTS to provide the care, like we do; it's someone who will allow it, if they have to.

If you think back to the early 70s [sorry, I've been at this maybe a lot longer than many of you, but I do remember when people paid cash for rxs, and when birth control pills were $1.95 (!)], when Rx cards first became available, they seemed like a great idea (for the insurance company and the employer, for sure, and for the patient, who didn't know any better. ["Hey, I just pay a dollar and the insurance pays the rest!"]) Only thing is, they didn't pay all the rest, and, as time passed and the cards proliferated, [ask yourself if they proliferated because the insurance companies wanted to provide a convenience or because they were making a ton of money] they grew to control more and more of the market and thus, the profession, to the point where most independent Pharmacies are gone. (true: when the state government plan came into being, I saw my boss take the equivalent of my year's salary out of the bank to put into the business to keep it going while waiting to get paid by the state.) We even have insurance companies with there own mail order Pharmacies; it just seems so wrong.

Fast forward, and what has or will this kind of practice of the insurance companies mean to medical providers? Well, how about his scenario: You practice in an area with several dominant insurance plans, and, as a practitioner, you are pretty much obligated to accept them all. Only thing is, they are watching how you practice very closely. In fact, they have actuaries who will come up with the "magic numbers", and when the first of the year comes around and it's time to renew your contract with ABC insurance, you instead get a letter saying:

"we're sorry, Doctor Jones, but your: [checked item]
__a. prescriptions
__b. lab tests
__c. referrals to specialties,
cost more than "X"%  of all our other providers, [X being 97.2% or 98.7% or whatever number the actuaries come up with, you get the idea] therefore ABC Insurance will not be renewing your contract."

So, overnight, your patient count goes down, say (PFA) 30%. That's not too far off, and, where an insurance has a strong presence, where there may be only one or two large employers in a town, with one plan, could it not even be as much as 50 or 60%? Sounds like a SHTF for a provider to me.

Now, throw the government in to the mix. Feel like reaching for the Pepto Bismol yet?

Sorry to be a bit gloomy,  :( but I've just felt for several years now that the insurance problem for MDs will be much more rapid, and even explosive in a way, instead of taking so many years, like it did for Pharmacy. I guess we were the easy pickings or practice run for them, since we were dealing with a more definable "product", and therefore cost, on their way to conquering the rest of healthcare.

<<also apologies for brief hijack>>
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on November 18, 2009, 05:45:12 PM
Hi, new to this forum but and old hand at prepping. I too am an old pharmacist (actually old enough to be called a druggist, ha). I have been practicing in rural arkansas for 33 years (have my own pharmacy). small town so my experiences have been varied-we have to act as emt, ambulance driver,physician, psychiatrist at one time or another,LOL!  This forum looks great, i have never seen so many health professionals on a survival forum (and it is no small comfort that maybe i am not as crazy for prepping as i thought i was!)Thanks
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cptcaver on November 18, 2009, 06:50:55 PM
Great thread - I'm a general surgeon & my husband is a PharmD.  I trained at Tulane in New Orleans & did trauma/critical care fellowship there. Washed up into the north part of Louisiana by the hurricane.  Look forward to getting to know ya'll. 

By the way, I might have officially become a conspiracy-tin foil hat type today.  During a government takeover of medicine we get the recommendation today to stop mammography screening in women under 50, change screening to q2yr in women under 60 & stop teaching women self-breast exam. Really????  Guess they need time to get the insurance companies on board to not pay for mammography before the final takeover.


Well, I don't think that is tin-foil hat stuff, but if it is, I put mine on too.  This is one of the first of many things to come where the gov't is "rationing" care.  Why would they come out with some stupid recommendation like that on a test that detects the 2nd largest killer of women in the US?  So what if there are a bunch of "nodules, lumps, whatever" found and they are all biopsied and only 1 out of 12 turn out to be cancer....I don't think that's overtreating.  I would gladly have a breast lump (if I were a female) biopsied for my peace of mind.  And now, the people from Harvard, who no doubt voted for Obama, are concerned and acting shocked that the gov't would do this.  All I can say is they are getting what they voted for.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Laiph on November 19, 2009, 07:21:26 AM
dudekrtr - my husband sat on the state medicaid formulary committee for several years - very educational experience for me.  I have to say I was surprised to some degree by the magnitude of dollars saved by selecting one drug in a class over another.  In Louisiana, if I want to prescribe a med off formulary when I call the medicaid # I speak with a pharmacist so it's not too bad an experience.   But as a surgeon I don't need to do that much.  Pretty much just prescribe narcotics and antibiotics - so maybe it's more challenging for other specialties.

It seems the various medical societies (eg Amer Soc of Breast Surgeons) are being aggressive about denouncing the mammography recs. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: swoods on November 19, 2009, 07:41:00 AM
I too saw that in the paper the other day. I am a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at 40 just before I went for my baseline mammo, tumor was very large and had been there for at least three years according to the dr. If I had waited til 50 I would be dead.

I wonder if the American Cancer Society is going to jump in the fray............I cannot see them sitting by not rebuking the govn't "findings."

All of this is very frightening. Do you suppose the folks who are saying this will get their mammos at 40 or will they wait til they are 50. And do you suppose the ACS will stop printing the self exam shower cards or say they have been wrong all these years and gosh, sure, just wait til you are 50? 

As it was I had to fight with my insurance carrier about mammograms and where I wanted to go as opposed to where they wanted me to go. They actually told me they had my best interest in mind when they were telling me to go where they wanted me to go!

My daughter is a rad tech and I value her opinion of where not to go, so I went where I wanted to go and asked my oncologist to send a letter indicating he preferred this particular place, the films were better/more accurate. The insurance did pay, but why the heck did I have to go through all of that for insurance coverage that I PAY FOR.

Sorry, this post probably doesn't belong here, I will stop now.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on November 19, 2009, 08:12:36 AM
Good call SWoods.  This cancer discussion is huge and has a place on the forum.  Feel free to start its own thread if you all feel more discussion is wanted.  We'll keep this one for intros/peer reviews. 

Thank you all for jumping in and laying it out there and hope you keep it up!

V/r Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on November 19, 2009, 05:28:50 PM
Cave Dweller,
I like the thread idea, but i don't know how many of us will speak up.  I rarely admit to being a physician online because of the concerns of liability in our society.  However, i'll jump in and see how many others will as well (Doc K and scrubs obviously have already admitted their careers).
School: University of Illinois
Experience: Rural practice for several years.
Specialty: Family Practice.

And i agree, pharmacists would be worthwhile as well...they have saved my bacon on more than one occasion.  ;)
I think one point that is missing is the drug store owner- owns drugs! No one can afford to stockpile a lot of medications or in bulk because of expiration dates (i know they last longer than what is on the bottle but they will eventually expire). If you have a retreat group it might behoove each group to get a pharmacist to join, then raid the drug store at the last minute if possible. I think it would be nice for all concerned if you had bottles of 1000 antibiotics on hand, bottles of 1000 BP meds, etc. Not trying to hijack this thread, i would consider it an honor to go into greater detail if anyone desires it. thanks
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on November 19, 2009, 06:07:14 PM
He may "own" them, but they all carry a federal warning not to dispense without the order of a prescribe, so I would include an MD in your group, too. Plus, you would have to compensate him, which I'm sure could be worked out. The big problem is that most Pharmacies are now chain stores. The "owner" is nowhere to be found.

Again, we drift from introduction. There must be another thread for post SHTF medical care.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on November 19, 2009, 07:10:51 PM
I really apologize, did not want to hijack original thread. (I would love it if someone would start a new thread) :-[
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on November 19, 2009, 07:34:11 PM
He may "own" them, but they all carry a federal warning not to dispense without the order of a prescribe, so I would include an MD in your group, too. Plus, you would have to compensate him, which I'm sure could be worked out. The big problem is that most Pharmacies are now chain stores. The "owner" is nowhere to be found.

Again, we drift from introduction. There must be another thread for post SHTF medical care.

Start it Dudekrtr ;D!  Good subject to discuss!

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cave Dweller on November 20, 2009, 12:07:12 AM
Veterinarians store drugs too, but aren't bound by the same federal regs.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: antsyaunt on December 13, 2009, 05:33:50 PM
Another physical therapist here...I have a doctorate in P.T. from Upstate Medical University.  I was an EMT for a rural volunteer ambulance service about 20 years ago. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on December 13, 2009, 08:12:12 PM
Welcome Alpha Chicken!  Tons of experience here. 

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sapper22 on December 18, 2009, 11:52:51 AM
Good Day all.  My name is Brandon and I am a CCTEMT-P here in Florida.  Served a few years in the Army as a SOCM and am currently working through the Paramedic to RN bridge program.  There appears to be a wealth of information and experience here on the forum.  I have never seen so many medically trained members (especially all you active MD's!).  I look forward to learning a lot and hopefully contributing were I can.  Been into prepping for about 6 years now, but really kicked it into gear this last 2 or so (wife finally got on board and she is more serious about it than I now!). 
Brandon
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on December 18, 2009, 08:03:33 PM
Glad to have you on board Sapper!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on December 19, 2009, 12:30:19 PM
Welcome Sapper! Great board and lots of nice folks. 8)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: No Prob Rob on January 10, 2010, 07:37:30 PM
Hey everyone,

Old time prepper for many years. Went to West Texas A&M and received a bachelor of science degree in nursing. As an RN I have spent the last two years after graduation in the ER here in Amarillo Texas. Switched careers at age 48 so somewhat new to nursing but loving what I do so far.

In my former life I was a diesel mechanic, welder, shop foreman, transportation manager. Worked my way through nursing school doing building maintenance, plumbing, carpentry, a/c and heating, electrical, painting, roofing, etc. Growing up I worked on a bee farm for six years as a kid right up until I went to a trade school to become a diesel mechanic. 

I have been on other survival forums but this one feels like home with people of like mind and interests. Plus enough traffic to keep it interesting. I really like the mission statement and what Jack has created. I hope to be here a loooong time.

NPR
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on January 10, 2010, 09:45:21 PM
Welcome No Prob Rob!  It the SHTF, I humbly request that you and your stay at my compound!  I wish I had all those skills!

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Tosser on January 10, 2010, 11:17:13 PM
I started out as medic (68w) in a line unit in the National Guard then off to street EMS.  Got my BA in nothing medically oriented and now working on applications for nursing school.   I am an AHA instructor for multiple things.  It is nice to see a wide range of people with varying levels of medical expertise on the board.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Tosser on January 10, 2010, 11:24:18 PM
I started out as medic (68w) in a line unit in the National Guard then off to street EMS.  Got my BA in nothing medically oriented and now working on applications for nursing school.   I am an AHA instructor for multiple things.  It is nice to see a wide range of people with varying levels of medical expertise on the board.

Forgot to add on a large incident response team through the state.  I also did structrual fire fighting and rescue for a while.  Now I just ride the ambulance out of choice.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sapper22 on January 13, 2010, 07:03:08 AM
Welcome Tosser!  There is a ton of knowledge here from all levels of providers! 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on January 13, 2010, 07:37:46 PM
Welcome Tosser! Lots of health professionals and related fields here (more than i have ever seen on other forums)! ;)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sherman A. House on January 18, 2010, 07:23:37 PM
Hello everyone,
Been lurking here for awhile...figured it's time I say, "hello."

I recognized, "Tosser."

I originally started out my journey as a cop, and then got politicked to death, and went into a combined fire/ems department.  Then lateralled through several, and also worked for a dedicated county MEDIC ONE service.  Collected three degrees (criminal justice, philosophy and cell biology) and decided that I wanted to be a dentist.  While in dental school, I became the medical program director for Tactical Response Inc., whose proprietor and my friend, James Yeager, is well-known here.  Graduated dental school and am now a Hospital Dentist in Nashville TN.  I work in a facility that is for all practical purposes a, "dental ER," and I get to work in just about all phases of dentistry and oral medicine, but 95% of my time is spent pulling teeth, removing wisdom teeth surgically, and draining/medicating abcesses.  I love every minute of it.

I'm glad to be here, and hope to be of help.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on January 18, 2010, 07:30:12 PM
Welcome! As you can see there are lots of healthcare professionals on these boards, kind of made me feel right at home! ;) I'm just next door in Arkansas and a practicing pill peddler (pharmacist for the younger crowd ;D). hope you enjoy and learn as much as i have. phargolf
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on January 19, 2010, 01:33:01 PM
Hello House, your knowledge and experience is welcome here!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Tosser on January 19, 2010, 07:06:22 PM
Hello everyone,
Been lurking here for awhile...figured it's time I say, "hello."

I recognized, "Tosser."

I originally started out my journey as a cop, and then got politicked to death, and went into a combined fire/ems department.  Then lateralled through several, and also worked for a dedicated county MEDIC ONE service.  Collected three degrees (criminal justice, philosophy and cell biology) and decided that I wanted to be a dentist.  While in dental school, I became the medical program director for Tactical Response Inc., whose proprietor and my friend, James Yeager, is well-known here.  Graduated dental school and am now a Hospital Dentist in Nashville TN.  I work in a facility that is for all practical purposes a, "dental ER," and I get to work in just about all phases of dentistry and oral medicine, but 95% of my time is spent pulling teeth, removing wisdom teeth surgically, and draining/medicating abcesses.  I love every minute of it.

I'm glad to be here, and hope to be of help.

Sherman!

How goes it sir?  Good to see you made the trip over.  PM inbound to you.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Sherman A. House on January 19, 2010, 07:14:07 PM
What's up man?

Working like a dog...as always!

Thanks for the welcome everyone!  Glad to be here!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BrianSTL on January 20, 2010, 01:08:34 PM
Hello folks,

I am a pharmacist, working on my masters degree and I am SO happy to have such a wonderful and positive group as exists here. I have been listening to Jack since around his 30th podcast and he has helped this preppers attitude. I have prepped for a number of years but from a paranoid perspective.
That's done and over. And cannot thank Jack and all of you for your great input and ideas.

This year I want to move to my BOL, my slice of heaven on earth here in Missouri. I have joined a CSA and will fresh vegetables all summer, which will augment what I grow.

I simply want to thank all of you. This place rocks!


Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on January 20, 2010, 06:57:44 PM
Welcome! As you can tell from my username, i am a pharmacist too (although i'm sure i'm a LOT older ;D). I practice in Arkansas in a small town. I have already learned alot on this forum and I have been prepping for a long time!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Bones on January 28, 2010, 06:04:50 PM
I guess it's time for me to intro myself over here on this thread. Long time casual poster on the forums.

19 years as a PA, mostly in Emergency Medicine, 7 years as a Paramedic prior to PA school. Currently working in N Texas (Plano). Desert Storm vet (Army) with interests in preparedness, gardening, and firearms/reloading. I've taught with Medical Corps (Chuck Fenwick's group) and have few courses I teach myself on field medicine that combind my military and civlilian backgrounds.

I've been a TSP listener since episode 40 and really enjoy Jack's philosophy on self-sufficiency. Glad to see there's a cadre of med pros here helping monitor the advice being put out there.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBob on January 31, 2010, 12:34:34 PM
Bones,

Great to hear we have a field medicine teacher just across the city limits line. I'm in the N.Dal area also. Might be interested in taking one of your classes. Way I see it, you can never be too prepared. Heck of a lot better to be ready for an emergency that you hope never happens.
DrBob
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BrianTN on February 04, 2010, 02:12:53 PM
I'm a soon to be third year medical student (about to take the first part of the boards) and look forward to reading as much as I can regarding medicine in this area.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBob on February 10, 2010, 04:52:40 PM
Hello everyone,
Been lurking here for awhile...figured it's time I say, "hello."

I recognized, "Tosser."

I originally started out my journey as a cop, and then got politicked to death, and went into a combined fire/ems department.  Then lateralled through several, and also worked for a dedicated county MEDIC ONE service.  Collected three degrees (criminal justice, philosophy and cell biology) and decided that I wanted to be a dentist.  While in dental school, I became the medical program director for Tactical Response Inc., whose proprietor and my friend, James Yeager, is well-known here.  Graduated dental school and am now a Hospital Dentist in Nashville TN.  I work in a facility that is for all practical purposes a, "dental ER," and I get to work in just about all phases of dentistry and oral medicine, but 95% of my time is spent pulling teeth, removing wisdom teeth surgically, and draining/medicating abcesses.  I love every minute of it.

I'm glad to be here, and hope to be of help.

Hey Sherman!

Welcome aboard! You ought to trot on over to the Field medicine category. There are a couple of other "tooth  fairies" like you and me over there. If you do a lot of dental emergency as a focus, there are a lot of folks on that thread/category asking questions right up your alley. Bro, you are going to like this forum!!
DrBob
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Doc K on February 11, 2010, 05:25:10 AM
I'm a soon to be third year medical student (about to take the first part of the boards) and look forward to reading as much as I can regarding medicine in this area.

Welcome Brian! 
Getting Step I over with is a great feeling!  Good luck.

Doc K
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Hobbes_STi on February 11, 2010, 10:14:36 AM
Well I think I should introduce myself here. I am a former national registered paramedic, went to the paramedic program at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. I quit doing this after 3 ish years to go back to school to finish my undergrad and try to get into med schools (Creighton is high on my list, my father and Aunt went there to get their M.D.'s)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Koldsteel on March 08, 2010, 06:07:05 PM
Hello all.

I'm a CRNA for the last 7 years.
Prior to that I spent 6 years as a Charge RN in a Level One ICU and ER.
Before Nursing I was a Paramedic for 6 years.

Interesting reading so far in this forum.

Kold
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Bones on March 09, 2010, 11:38:23 AM
Hobbes / Koldsteel - welcome. We can always use a pre-med student and a gas-passer 'round these parts.  ;)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: pedsPA on May 08, 2010, 09:22:10 PM
Well I'm definitely late to this parade.. Joined the Navy out of HS, was a Hospital Corpsman. Spent time at Neonatal ICU in San Diego, then with Marines. Used GI bill to go to college then PA school. Worked in Ophthalmic Eye surgery doing opening and closings, then took a commission and joined the Air Force as a PA.  Was a Triage officer for an Air Transportable Hospital unit, and worked in ER and Family Practice. Was then in the Air National Guard after got out of AF then worked in Occupational Med. for 3 years and moon-lighted in Pediatric practice. Then another Pediatric group asked me to work for them. Was there for 16 years until last Sept when one of the Docs and I became partners in a new Pediatric Practice. I know it was crazy to open a practice in the middle of the economic down-turn but we're doing ok. We live in an area with a need for Pediatrics.  Have also done 7 mission trips thru the years.  Great experience if you all get a chance. I highly recommend.  I'm fairly new to the prepper community so thank you for all the advice here. I know. I know..Navy, Air Force and Air National Guard..Crazy   :)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Doc K on May 09, 2010, 05:45:34 AM
Well I'm definitely late to this parade.. Joined the Navy out of HS, was a Hospital Corpsman. Spent time at Neonatal ICU in San Diego, then with Marines. Used GI bill to go to college then PA school. Worked in Ophthalmic Eye surgery doing opening and closings, then took a commission and joined the Air Force as a PA.  Was a Triage officer for an Air Transportable Hospital unit, and worked in ER and Family Practice. Was then in the Air National Guard after got out of AF then worked in Occupational Med. for 3 years and moon-lighted in Pediatric practice. Then another Pediatric group asked me to work for them. Was there for 16 years until last Sept when one of the Docs and I became partners in a new Pediatric Practice. I know it was crazy to open a practice in the middle of the economic down-turn but we're doing ok. We live in an area with a need for Pediatrics.  Have also done 7 mission trips thru the years.  Great experience if you all get a chance. I highly recommend.  I'm fairly new to the prepper community so thank you for all the advice here. I know. I know..Navy, Air Force and Air National Guard..Crazy   :)

Welcome PedsPA!
Great to have you aboard.

Doc K
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on May 11, 2010, 10:33:32 PM
Welcome PedsPA!  You definately have some specialized knowledge that's very needed.  I look forward to hearing your ideas and inputs. 

V/r BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: kimdvm on June 10, 2010, 05:32:42 AM
Veterinarian from Indiana here.  I just work on dogs and cats these days.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on June 10, 2010, 01:29:46 PM
Welcome Kimdvm!  It's nice to have your knowledge and expertise on board!

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on June 10, 2010, 08:10:33 PM
Welcome Kimdvm! Lots of specialties here, i always thought vets had the toughest job of all because their patients can't tell them any symptoms. Hop around, there are a lot of interesting topics in this forum and very knowledgable folks! ;)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: davestarbuck on July 17, 2010, 06:28:33 PM
Another pharmacist here!!!

I graduated from The University of Connecticut in 1998 and have spent my entire career in retail pharmacy.

My family also includes 2 occupational therapists (sisters), and an ER doc (father).

Thanks for having me!!!

-Dave



Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on July 17, 2010, 07:22:35 PM
Welcome DSB! Seems there are a lot of pharmacists here. I too have been in retail but just a tad longer (34 years :D).This is a great site, especially for someone just starting to prep. Hope everything goes o.k. with your prepping. Don't hesitate to ask questions if you need help because noone is an expert at everything. Just an old geezers .02 ;D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: SurvivalMedicine on November 14, 2010, 07:57:26 PM
Howdy. I am an Emergency Medicine physician.

Residency: Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ
15 years experience.
Spent time (brief) in third world providing mission care.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on November 15, 2010, 06:53:42 PM
Welcome SM! Lots of great people and info here. 8)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: rmcculloch on February 01, 2011, 10:23:58 PM
Firefighter/Paramedic in S. California with around 8 years full-time experience, 5 additional years part-time.
We are a fairly large metropolitan agency with 63 station and 900 full time sworn personnel.

I am also on a medical team that does international medical missions following natural disasters/civil disturbances/etc.
Last major experience was following the Indonesian Tsunami in the Banda Aceh province.  Like nothing I have ever seen or ever will see again!

It's great to see soo many experienced and educated medical professionals on this board.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: SaltyHobbit on February 02, 2011, 02:25:55 PM
Working on knocking out my pre-reqs for PA school now. Not sure if I'm going to try to have the Nasty Guard send me (cool opportunities) or go to civilian school. Any PA's in here who were military that went through military school? Also advice would be sweet if anyone has some.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: TraceA on February 07, 2011, 10:49:26 AM
Started off as an Army Medic (18D) then worked 8 years as a civilian paramedic (2 years busy system, 6 years steady rural system) before I chose to get out of the medical/EMS world & take life in a different direction (about 2 years ago.) I loved instructing, from the classroom & field teaching Combat Lifesaver, to ACLS/PALS & inservices, to working as a field instructor.  Now I just teach my kids  :)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Danbulance on February 17, 2011, 07:50:36 PM
Hey there,
New to the forum but I figure by the name you can guess the job.  Paramedic in Missouri and have been for around 12 years now.  Nice to meet y'all.

Dan
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: surfrescue on February 17, 2011, 08:39:28 PM
I supose my username is a bit of a hint, but besides search and rescue work, I have been an EMT for 14 years.  My experience is almost entirely urban, and leans toward trauma more than medical.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: FreeLancer on March 14, 2011, 07:04:02 PM
Education: MD, MPH
Boards: General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Practice: Occupational and Urgent Care Medicine for the last 10 years
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: buffalosoldier on March 20, 2011, 04:16:42 AM
RN, took my boards a little over a year ago, working as a float nurse (Meaning I bounce from floor to floor/ward to ward) in a major local hospital. A lot of the old school nurses tell me I should settle down on one floor... but I am having too much fun bouncing! I have had some time in everything including (but not limited to): Psych/substance abuse, Post surg, ambulatory surgery, ED, Med/surg, and Long term care. I am looking to go back to get more schooling after the wife gets her masters.

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Oil Lady on March 20, 2011, 03:33:21 PM
I am currently taking a CNA course at the local community college. This particular course is heavilly geared to make sure everyone passes, and then they have an employment program to help us all get a job within weeks of graduation. I will graduate in May and hopefully be employed by June.

I am blown away by everything I am learning, wishing I had known all this stuff years ago. Medicine is so complex and the human body is an entire universe of systems and functions and chemistry and mechanisms --all humming alongh when things go right, and prone to malfunction and decay when things go wrong.


Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Helidodge on April 05, 2011, 10:33:16 PM
Cool looks like a great cross section of the medical industry!  Ill throw my hat in the ring as well.  Im an RN 20+ years.  Usually worked at least 2 jobs at a time: 1 full time and another PRN.  Worked post CABG/cardiothoracic ICU/CCU, Neuro ICU, Pedi ED, Adult ED, Endoscopy..hated it, and as a flight nurse/medic off and on for about 11 yrs now.  Like most nurses work too much and cant stay in one place too long  ;D

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Chemsoldier on April 20, 2011, 03:07:51 PM
I am not a medical professional, however I do have a pretty rarified specialty.  I do know more than the average bear about dealing with Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear hazards.  Contamination avoidance, decontamination and basic treatment of CBRN casualties (though one of you military medical types have probably been to the CBRN Casualty Treatment Course and can talk that better).

Other than that I have no medical skills beyond being CPR and First Responder certified.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Kabar19D on April 22, 2011, 01:11:45 PM
Hey yall. I have been an RN since 2001. Still working PT as a NREMT-P. Before that I was an Army Combat Medic. I really enjoy Trauma, prehospital, but also have a strong background in Infectious Disease, and Neuro Rehab. Oh, and on the side in my "free time" I am a Certified Personal Trainer and C.S.C.S.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Whiskey on May 09, 2011, 08:58:32 AM
Guess I sort of count. I'm an Army medic. My real schooling happened in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Kabar19D on May 10, 2011, 04:24:26 AM
Damn right ya count Whiskey. Welcome to the forums, and welcome home. Lead the way!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on May 10, 2011, 11:24:46 PM
Ditto what Kabar said!  You got the PHD in no shit emergency trauma.  Welcome home Whiskey and thank you for your service!

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: mmcgraw5 on May 11, 2011, 07:52:40 AM
Emergency Medicine Doc and Fellow in the American College Emergency Physicians. Work in a ED with 90K visits/year. Glad to be reading these posts. Have had thoughts about these same topics/discussions. Don't give any med advice over the internet but am so happy to have some perspective on TEOTWAWKI.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Michael Johnson on May 15, 2011, 06:52:09 PM
I just posted a thread under "medical needs and first aid" to call attention to the medical reserve corp (MRC) 
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=27295.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=27295.0)

As a peer review I was wondering if any of you have had any experience with them? or any other medical volunteerism groups?


Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phlat on May 20, 2011, 08:09:06 PM
I got on the 'expert medical opinion' (  ;D ) train earlier this year as a CNA.  Working in Express Recovery at a rehab center right now.  Loving it.  Also doing a shift in Assisted Living.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........

 After finding out my local colleges have about a 1% acceptance chance for their RN and EMT-P programs I might end up doing something else.  But medical will be a love for years if for nothing else than the knowledge.  There's just no EMT-B jobs around here. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: res1cue on May 28, 2011, 11:54:13 PM
Howdy guys, been avolunteer EMT for 4 yrs in VA, and 3 more years working full time as an IV technician in a level 1 trauma center. Will be attending medical school in PA in just under two months!

Hopefully 4 yrs from now, I will have much more to add to the conversations
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on June 01, 2011, 11:05:24 AM
Welcome res1cue!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: cheryl1 on June 26, 2011, 02:39:23 PM
Hello everyone, I am an RN, graduated from Indiana State University. I have worked cardiac, med/surg, psych, and management. After starting my prepping journey, I would really like to find a position in an ED for the experience.  Nice to meet everyone!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Matthew from Gooseneck Ga on June 29, 2011, 12:57:29 PM
Hey yall.
Xray tech seven yrs. Going to nursing school.
Infantry usm army six yrs.
Southeast Georgia.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on June 30, 2011, 09:52:08 PM
Welcome Cheryl and Matt!  Your knowledge will be much appreciated.

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: pybryce on July 01, 2011, 10:17:33 AM
Another Pharmacist here.  I went to Northeast Louisiana University before it was absorbed into the University of Louisiana Program..  I work at an independent pharmacy with a nursing unit in house that administers IV medications.  In other words, you are sick enough to need IV meds, but not sick enough to be in the hospital. 

I was also a medic (91A) in the Army and National Guard for a decade or so way back when.. which is why I'm not a nurse today.  ;D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: randelw on July 01, 2011, 07:01:49 PM
Firefighter/Paramedic and LPN


Where'd ya go to school? Missouri       EMT in 95, Paramedic in 98, LPN in 2000

What kind of experience do yall have? 8 years Level 3 trauma center Emergency dept.  16 Working ambulance (rural areas)  1 year as a nurse in a nursing home and 1 year doing Hospice. Then went back to fire service (9 years)

Do you specialize in anything? Don't really have a speciality, but I do love the trauma.  ;)

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: sacramentosurvival on July 01, 2011, 10:52:36 PM
Great idea!
Paramedic for ten years.
 Paramedic instructor for six years at community college program.
 Extended transport trauma and medical..
 High volume dense urban 911 experience mostly.
Presently in school for surgical technology.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: crnaman on July 02, 2011, 05:42:53 AM
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) since 2007; US Navy trained.  Set to retire this month and go work in Virginia.  I've put in probably 1,000 or more epidurals, spinals, and nerve blocks both ultrasound and direct stim guided.  Otherwise, I know my way around a stick of Propofol and an ETT tube.  Good to see other healthcare professionals looking to prepare. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: randelw on July 03, 2011, 07:45:25 PM
I got on the 'expert medical opinion' (  ;D ) train earlier this year as a CNA.  Working in Express Recovery at a rehab center right now.  Loving it.  Also doing a shift in Assisted Living.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........

 After finding out my local colleges have about a 1% acceptance chance for their RN and EMT-P programs I might end up doing something else.  But medical will be a love for years if for nothing else than the knowledge.  There's just no EMT-B jobs around here.


That sucks! Come to Missouri EMS Jobs everywhere!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Asclepius on July 03, 2011, 08:20:48 PM

That sucks! Come to Missouri EMS Jobs everywhere!

Yeah, you don't even have ride in back with the patient in Missouri  ::)

Miss MAST yet?
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: randelw on July 03, 2011, 08:35:04 PM
Yeah, you don't even have ride in back with the patient in Missouri  ::)

Miss MAST yet?

Wow I have never heard of that. I'm in central Missouri for an ALS service. ALL patients get a paramedic tending to them in the back for the entire duration of the trip. MAST is nowhere around here.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on July 03, 2011, 08:39:56 PM
Currently in nursing school working on my BSN.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: phargolf on July 03, 2011, 08:52:43 PM
Another Pharmacist here.  I went to Northeast Louisiana University before it was absorbed into the University of Louisiana Program..  I work at an independent pharmacy with a nursing unit in house that administers IV medications.  In other words, you are sick enough to need IV meds, but not sick enough to be in the hospital. 

I was also a medic (91A) in the Army and National Guard for a decade or so way back when.. which is why I'm not a nurse today.  ;D
Welcome PY, I also am a Northeast grad, Way back in 1976! ;D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Asclepius on July 08, 2011, 01:52:14 AM
Wow I have never heard of that. I'm in central Missouri for an ALS service. ALL patients get a paramedic tending to them in the back for the entire duration of the trip. MAST is nowhere around here.

You're right. MAST is no more. The Kansas City fire department muscled them out because they thought they could do a better and cheaper job, but now they are in the red and killing people:

http://firegeezer.com/2011/05/27/kansas-city-settlement-announced-for-negligent-paramedic/
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: randelw on July 08, 2011, 09:21:13 AM
You're right. MAST is no more. The Kansas City fire department muscled them out because they thought they could do a better and cheaper job, but now they are in the red and killing people:

http://firegeezer.com/2011/05/27/kansas-city-settlement-announced-for-negligent-paramedic/

That is freaking terrible!!!! Lousy $205,000! KCFD should be paying out a lot more. Paramedics like that should be hung by their toes and stoned to death by the patients family members! For the record, I'm about 5 hours away from KC and I don't know of any surrounding ambulance services  in my area that allow patients to be transported without an attendant in the back.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cooter Brown on July 08, 2011, 11:28:25 AM
I've wanted to be an EMT since I first watched "Emergency" as a kid; just got my National Registry exam results this morning, so now I are one!

Volunteering with a local FD Rescue squad with a bunch of guys half my age; they're calling me "Probie Wan".

Miss MAST yet?

If you do, come to Rhode Island; MAST and EOA are still P-M Skills test items!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Asclepius on July 08, 2011, 04:49:46 PM
I've wanted to be an EMT since I first watched "Emergency" as a kid; just got my National Registry exam results this morning, so now I are one!

Volunteering with a local FD Rescue squad with a bunch of guys half my age; they're calling me "Probie Wan".

If you do, come to Rhode Island; MAST and EOA are still P-M Skills test items!

Lol, MAST was the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust. But I do miss the Military Anti-Shock Trousers!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cooter Brown on July 08, 2011, 05:10:01 PM
Lol, MAST was the Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust. But I do miss the Military Anti-Shock Trousers!

Damn polyvalent acronyms! lol
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: drthumbs on July 08, 2011, 07:10:10 PM
Damn polyvalent acronyms! lol

Wow, I have not thought about MAST trousers in a good long while.  I never used them in the feild
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Asclepius on July 08, 2011, 09:34:51 PM
Wow, I have not thought about MAST trousers in a good long while.  I never used them in the feild

I have never inflated them. Once I placed them on a patient with a AAA ready to go just in case... it seemed like a good idea at the time, but probably would have been futile. The agency I work for now doesn't carry them, and it's just as well. I can recall very few situations I've been in where they might have made a difference.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: madmabagain on July 09, 2011, 10:23:37 PM
Retired Dental hygienist , but was a dental assistant/expanded function beforehand. proficient in all types dental procedures.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: sportsol on August 02, 2011, 11:41:33 AM
I have been a Firefighter / Paramedic for going on 25 years. I have trained at TEEX for the USAR medic program.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 03, 2011, 09:35:03 PM
Retired Dental hygienist , but was a dental assistant/expanded function beforehand. proficient in all types dental procedures.

madmabagain, can you recommend a good emergency dental kit?  I found one I liked, but they won't send to Alaska or HI.  Any ideas?

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: leprachuan45 on August 19, 2011, 08:25:43 AM
Late to the party, but i'm a x-ray tech 12 years now. I currently do CAT scan and MRI's. I've got a little cath lab experience. Been thinking about changing to nursing or possibly PA school.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DocRokRx on August 25, 2011, 04:33:53 AM
The RocknRoll Pharmacist here...
Just want to let you all know I'm here if anyone has any questions about drugs....
Graduated 2010 from Ohio Northern University
Currently working nights at a hospital in Clarksville, TN

Also- Is there any sort of Pharmacist or Medical professional "club" on the forum? I would be very interested in that.

Later-
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: daphnetree on September 05, 2011, 04:18:45 PM
To represent a different type of professional, here is my intro. I was a midwife for 30 years, direct-entry (not an RN), did home and birth centers deliveries. I currently write textbooks and create distance learning modules for midwives. Midwifery focusing on out-of-hospital birth is a different skill set than a RN/CNM who has good MD and hospital back up. Midwives are often on their own, in unusual situations. I have delivered many babies in places without electricity or running water, isolated mountain cabins, in tipis, school buses, parking lots, during storms, under all kinds of conditions, with all kinds of people.  I teach a lot of skills that even OB/GYNS have lost like how to tell the position of a baby without ultrasound, or how to deliver a breech (if hospital not an option). Obstetrics in this country is designed around what the insurance companies assess is risk, not what the evidence says. If the infrastructure of the medical system starts to crumble, it is not a good use of limited high skill resources like MDs to deliver most babies, only the small percentage that are abnormal. However, trained midwives recognized problems before they became emergencies. It takes three years to train a midwife, a MD takes 10-12 years.   

Also am an herbalist and have a small business selling herbal products I grow and make. In terms of formal education, finishing up my master's in education with a focus on learning technology, then on to a doctorate. Went through EMT training back in the dark ages, more recently I founded and ran a mobile medical unit for large outdoor concerts and festivals. With a team of volunteer docs, EMTs, nurses, midwives, counselors, and first aiders, we set up our portable units and within hours served thousands of people. Granted it was at festivals not disaster zones, mostly we dealt with very drunk/stoned people overcome with heat from dancing in the sun, but occasionally would deal with serious EMS issues. Was an organizer/administrator in that capacity, but still own an ambulance and a bunch of gear. If the SHTF, planning on serving where and when I can. Don't own guns. Have bandaids. Lots of them.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: kymedic on October 02, 2011, 01:27:25 AM
Damn polyvalent acronyms! lol

I'm sooo stealing the polyvalent acronym line! Awesome!
MAST- don't forget Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic (Air Evac service at bases with air ambulances when there's no civies around...started 1970's but gradually drying up to HEMS proliferation).

25+ years Paramedic, RN 5 years (but still do medic instead of RN because I like the flexibility and independance more), medic/EMT instructor, tactical medic, fire/rescue/HazMat instructor, instructor in all the "alphabet soup" classes except ATLS and ENPC. Interest and a lot of outside study on CBRNE (from before it was cool for everyone to be an expert!) ;D The "Emergency!" bug got me in too starting when I was 6 y/o.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DMAT on October 12, 2011, 10:13:37 PM
30+ years in the fire service, 28+ as a paramedic in an urban environment, paramedic mentor/preceptor, have been an instructor for ATLS to Wilderness First Aid and a lot of alphabet soup in between, 15 years on a federal disaster response team as paramedic, Safety Officer, and mass decon operations. I am new to TSP and the Support Brigade. Just Happy to be here!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Wrekz on December 03, 2011, 07:46:10 AM
Glad to see all of the medical experience out there!  As for me, I'm a paramedic with about 5 years of EMS experience in an urban setting.  I recently made the switch to critical care transport and I'm also an EMS instructor.

Been listening to Jack for a while now, but I'm a new member to the forum. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: spooky-1 on December 03, 2011, 03:32:42 PM
EMT-I , no actual experience though, all academic prep
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Biohazard on December 12, 2011, 07:08:46 PM
I have 25+ years in the Fire Service, 21+ as a paramedic in a urban/suburban/rural/wilderness system. It has a little bit of everything. No knife and gun club, but have seen my share over the years. Fortunate to work in one of the more progressive systems in the country. Offline medical control, RSI, permissive hypothermia, videolaryngoscopy, etc.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on December 21, 2011, 08:26:39 AM
This is a huge bucket of knowledge and experience!  Glad to have you all aboard!

One of my goals this coming year is EMT III. 

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DocRokRx on December 28, 2011, 01:45:43 AM
This is a huge bucket of knowledge and experience!  Glad to have you all aboard!

One of my goals this coming year is EMT III. 

BP

nice- i need to renew my ACLS provider status, and learn a lot about trauma care
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrBonesandNurseAmy on January 16, 2012, 03:10:22 PM
hi all,

I'm Dr. Bones, and I'm a medical doctor, blogger and podcaster under the Doom and Bloom(tm) label. 
I had the honor of being interviewed by Jack on episode #736...

Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on January 18, 2012, 11:38:25 PM
Welcome Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy!  I loved your interview with Jack and hope you will do more.  Very informative and even used your information to stock up on antibiotics and other medical preps.  I look forward to learning more from you.

V/r
Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Mdjh51 on January 26, 2012, 12:52:43 PM
lets see...

currently firefighter/paramedic/rescue diver for a major city (25 years experience)
currently a Physician Assistant (when not at the fire station) working inner city ER. (5 years)

Education.  I went to PA School at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. I have a Masters in Public Health-Epidemiology from the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.  I have a whole alphabet of certification cards.

I am a member of the Wilderness medical Society and working towards completing a fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. 

I am an avid SCUBA diver and SCUBA instructor.

Previously a Combat Medic and Cavalry Scout. 


Greetings all

 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Veritas on January 26, 2012, 10:56:37 PM
hi all,

I'm Dr. Bones, and I'm a medical doctor, blogger and podcaster under the Doom and Bloom(tm) label. 
I had the honor of being interviewed by Jack on episode #736...

I just bought your book and so far I love it.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrJohn on February 06, 2012, 11:57:03 AM
Hi All, I am a Practicing Dentist (Orthodontist) with 20+ years of clinical experience

School: Tuft's University
Experience: 20+ years private practice
Specialty: Orthodontics
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: eastendmedic on February 16, 2012, 02:07:54 PM
Hey Everyone:

Full time collegiate EMS educator here (EMT thru Paramedic)....15 years as a paramedic...aeromedical/critical-care/urban and rural ems experience.  I too have way to many alphabet certification cards to list...ah gotta love CME.

Part Time Police Tactical Medic and Maritime LEO.

Stay safe!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DocRokRx on February 16, 2012, 11:44:36 PM
great to have you fellas
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on February 17, 2012, 06:53:52 AM
Hey Everyone:

Full time collegiate EMS educator here (EMT thru Paramedic)....15 years as a paramedic...aeromedical/critical-care/urban and rural ems experience.  I too have way to many alphabet certification cards to list...ah gotta love CME.

Part Time Police Tactical Medic and Maritime LEO.

Stay safe!

I'm finishing my BSN in July and will take my state boards and be an RN. I've always been very interested in being a paramedic though.  Are there paramedic type jobs for RNs? Are there any special accelerated courses for nurses to get a paramedic license?
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: eastendmedic on February 17, 2012, 10:22:41 AM
I'm finishing my BSN in July and will take my state boards and be an RN. I've always been very interested in being a paramedic though.  Are there paramedic type jobs for RNs? Are there any special accelerated courses for nurses to get a paramedic license?

Well...there is a long and short answer to that question.  The short one is: Yes there are programs that will allow you to challenge paramedic education programs. 

The long answer is: It really depends on what state you reside in.  In my state there are provisions for EMS education programs to allow certain licensed professionals to challenge certain portions of a program.  There is no blanket waiver.  In my institution we do not allow challenging programs as college credit is awarded and those credits are based on performance and hours of education.  Also, at the advance level such as paramedic or EMT-I you should be an EMT Basic at minimum to be able to challenge the program.  If you are not an EMT you should start there and see if you like the prehospital environment.  Being a nurse and a paramedic are two different animals...like horses and zebras...they may be similar... in size, shape, leg count...but they are two very different animals.  I have worked with and teach with RN's and NP's...some who are also medics..and some who are not...there are clearly different educational approaches to nursing and paramedic education....and some different approaches to the application of the medicine being practiced.  My advice is to start with EMT basic and see if you like it....if you are already an EMT...get some experience dealing with patients in a prehospital environment.  Then find a program that works for u....personally and I say personally....I don't feel that an RN should be able to challenge out program components...if they want to be a paramedic...they should complete the requirements set by the program and utilize the educational experience to not only hone their skills learned as an RN but add to their skillset and gain another professional perspective.  Being a nurse is different than being a Paramedic...just a being a Paramedic is different that being a nurse. 

Just my 2 cents...good luck....and ultimately whatever you decide...taking care of people at their worst moments and making them feel even a little bit better is a wonderful thing...no matter what card or patch or license you have.  Stay safe!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on February 17, 2012, 10:36:28 AM
I had a feeling you'd say that ;) Paramedic training is 2 years right? I'm not sure financially it would make sense for me to do it vs going 2 more years for nurse practitioner.

I guess I was hoping you'd say there is a job with good compensation for people who have both qualifications. I know there is flight nursing which combines the two but I am looking for something a little quicker. Flight nursing is more of a long-term down the road possibility (in lieu of nurse practitioner).

Forgive me if I am not making a lot of sense today I have a major NyQuil hangover today!!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: jason99 on February 17, 2012, 11:07:48 AM
Newly licensed RN who works in a Medical/Surgical float pool
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: eastendmedic on February 17, 2012, 11:21:33 AM
I had a feeling you'd say that ;) Paramedic training is 2 years right? I'm not sure financially it would make sense for me to do it vs going 2 more years for nurse practitioner.

I guess I was hoping you'd say there is a job with good compensation for people who have both qualifications. I know there is flight nursing which combines the two but I am looking for something a little quicker. Flight nursing is more of a long-term down the road possibility (in lieu of nurse practitioner).

Forgive me if I am not making a lot of sense today I have a major NyQuil hangover today!!

Well there are 1 year programs out there....and some 10 month programs as well.....you already have a degree...so you really just need the paramedic component.  As far as jobs...there are medic jobs and nursing jobs....some nursing jobs (like flight teams and CC ground) want RN/Medics....I know that many of our nursing students...that have ALS EMS credentials are often first picked and hired for CCU/ED/ and other assorted positions that require a diverse skill set.  It all depends on what you want to do.  That said...experience is going to the be a big determiner in your career choices.  Good luck...and feel better.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on February 17, 2012, 09:40:04 PM
Thanks a lot :)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on August 31, 2012, 01:28:50 PM
I guess I'll update. I graduated and now I am a Registered Nurse. About to start work in med-surge.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: DrJohn on August 31, 2012, 02:33:03 PM
I guess I'll update. I graduated and now I am a Registered Nurse. About to start work in med-surge.


Congrats!
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Oil Lady on September 02, 2012, 07:30:37 AM
I guess I'll update. I graduated and now I am a Registered Nurse. About to start work in med-surge.

Awesome!

And I totally LOVE that avatar! The "RN" is in the "Superman" logo, so you are a "super nurse," (And your name "Robinelli" kinda fits with the RN also.)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on September 03, 2012, 12:25:34 PM

Congrats!
Thank you so much   :)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on September 03, 2012, 12:26:12 PM
Awesome!

And I totally LOVE that avatar! The "RN" is in the "Superman" logo, so you are a "super nurse," (And your name "Robinelli" kinda fits with the RN also.)
LOL Yes, I guess it does fit haha :) Thanks for comments.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: CulturedFool on September 13, 2012, 12:01:24 AM
Started off as an EMT in '06.  Graduated from Neumann College in '08 with a BSN and currently work in home health.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Kayakmom on October 28, 2012, 09:01:45 AM
Hi all!
I'm new to the podcast and the forums. I pretty much never give anything other than very basic medical advice on forums.
Education: MD
School: university of North Dakota
I started OBGYN residency and then decided on Family Practice. Wish I had done more wilderness medicine in training.
I've been in private practice since 2005.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 28, 2012, 11:39:10 AM
Welcome Kayakmom and CulturedFool! 

Kayakemom, it's not too late to do some wilderness medicine training.  There are several good programs in the lower 48 but you may need to drive a bit of a distance.  Below are just a couple of events. 

http://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/wme/nd/ (http://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/wme/nd/)

http://www.wildmed.com/wilderness-medical-courses/medical-professionals/wilderness-advanced-life-support.php (http://www.wildmed.com/wilderness-medical-courses/medical-professionals/wilderness-advanced-life-support.php)

BP
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Memento_Mori on July 08, 2013, 04:48:15 AM
Well, I have been an RN for about 2 years now in the ICU setting. Originally medical ICU (hypertension, diabetics, strokes, liver failure, kidney failure, etc), and now I'm surgical/trauma.

Right now I am wanting to further my education. Since I started nursing school I want to go for CRNA, but before I even started I concidered Naturopathic medicine. When I went to a seminar for those interested in that field though they made it sound more like I would be dealing with people who had something like terminal cancer and had no hope left, looking for some miracle cure. Well thats just not what I wanted to do. Now I've gotten more and more into natural real foods and learning more about the toxins we eat every day. I feel pulled toward a desire to educate people about these things. I see my pts come in everyday getting heart surgeries, arterial diseases, and of course all of the "chronic" conditions that started it all. But guess what, they are over weight, smoke, eat bad things, and take a pill for the pills that they take for their chronic problem.
So I guess I'm a little torn. I just don't see any professional field for this. At least not in my area. Anybody who tries to say, "Hey maybe if you just change your diet and exercise and get the toxins out of your life and replace them with benefical things, we could just get you off this medicine", well that person is just crazy, a quack.
On the other hand, for the most part I could feel ok being a CRNA. Don't get me wrong, I don't believe we can convert completly to natural medicine. Thats not going to cure a ruptured appendex, or save the the car crash victim with a hemo/pneumo. So, as a CRNA I'm helping these people, and helping with peoples pain which I'm all for. I'm just not sure if this will keep me satisfied, and the burden of not being able to work through school and massive loans I would have to take don't help either.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Koldsteel on July 26, 2013, 09:48:45 PM
Welcome Memento_Mori.

I know exactly where you are coming from. I understand the frustrations the polypharmacy and poor diets cause. And the further frustration that discussing these things with a patient could kill your legitimacy with the patient. Do the best you can with those who seem receptive to maybe a discussion on diet to reduce their meds. If they bite, give them a little more education and let their responses lead you. Good luck.

PS- those gas passing nurses are real LOONS !!!!  :o
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Chappy on September 30, 2013, 06:34:16 PM
Well, my two cents worth...

I was originally certified as an EMT in 1988. 
I am currently a Paramedic, BLS Instructor, with all the relevant merit badges (ACLS, PALS, AMLS, ITLS, blah, blah).

I work in an urban system and volunteer in a suburban / rural system.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: MahoganyEclipse on October 06, 2013, 04:41:36 PM
      Wow theres a world of talent in this thread alone! I'm new to the forums and have actually started school for Medical Specialties and am four months into it, this includes medical assisting, CNA, phlebotomy, basic pharmacology and basic radiology. I really want to be an EMT one of these days too but I'll just have to see how that goes.  :)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Cylon on October 06, 2013, 04:56:39 PM
Hi all,

I'm a contract paramedic (also firefighter and rescue technician) working on remote mine-sites (surface, underground, offshore, onshore, operational, construction and exploration) (mainly iron ore with some gold and also oil and gas) in the bush in Western Australia, I do this weird ass Frankenstein chop job that incorporates trauma but also extended care and consultations in a quasi doctors surgery treating coughs colds and sore holes.

Thankfully I do have a doctor that I can call when I get a "what the hell?" Moment. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: dswaim on October 23, 2013, 07:13:34 AM
Howdy,

I work in Sports Medicine.

I am a State of TX Licensed Athletic Trainer and have been working professionally since 2006.  We are trained to recognize, manage, treat & rehab acute & chronic athletic injuries.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Bones on October 24, 2013, 01:35:49 AM
Howdy,

I work in Sports Medicine.

I am a State of TX Licensed Athletic Trainer and have been working professionally since 2006.  We are trained to recognize, manage, treat & rehab acute & chronic athletic injuries.

Welcome dswaim - look around, peek in the cabinets and open the drawers. Lots of friendly folks here willing to help.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: CombatPeds on November 11, 2013, 11:06:51 AM
Hello everyone!

My name is Ben.  I have worn a lot of hats in the medical scene.  I was a basic EMT for a couple years.  I then did some drug research for Eli Lilly for 2 years.  That was awful and terribly boring.  I got my degree in paramedic science and started working on my RN.  I worked as a RN/EMT-P at a Level One trauma center for several years before going to medical school.  Now I am a physician in the US Army.  I include emergency preparedness in all of my anticipatory guidance. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: BigMat on November 13, 2013, 09:27:16 AM
Very impressive resumes!

a couple years of volunteer Search and Rescue in college (I was the Search part of the team, but this lit the fire for me)
A few more years on an Ambulance
Now I am a RN in an ED.  I have only worked in ERs and a nurse though, I have no idea what goes on upstairs.

Always scheming on the next step but I'm very happy with where I'm at.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Dan_The_RN_Man on January 04, 2014, 08:17:35 PM
Newly minted RN here. Prior to that I was a CNA on and off for ten years.  I have a previous bachelors degrees in geriatrics and gerontology.  I was on a search and rescue team for five years and was certified as a wilderness EMT. I work for the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  I don't know where I will be placed yet, but I'm hoping for Med/Surg. Eventually I would like to specialize in cardiac nursing in either a telemetry or ICU setting.  Time shall tell.  Since the VA paid for my nursing school, they kind of get to tell me where I'm going to be.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: ArtWinn on January 10, 2014, 07:49:59 PM
Hi Everyone,

I became an RN pretty late in life (49).  Before that I was an EMT and worked a couple of years on the street. Then I moved inside and worked the ER at Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. Currently I work as a Neuroscience RN at HUP in West Philadelphia specializing in epilepsy. With all the great resumes in this thread I feel I'm in good company.  :)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: JonA on March 03, 2014, 06:00:56 PM
Hello all,

New to preparedness and my field.  Graduating from PT school with my DPT in August.  Glad to see so many medical professionals are also involved here. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Bones on March 03, 2014, 07:45:20 PM
Welcome: JonA; ArtWin; and Dan the Rn Man!

May you find like spirits here to share with and learn from.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: RootStrike on March 30, 2014, 11:19:07 AM
I've been listening to TSP since around 2009 or so. I am a pharmacist as well, as was Leung Jan, the father of Wing Chun.
There is so much info here in the forums, I'll keep reading and type a bit when I can. Glad to meet you all.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: JohnnyUtah on March 31, 2014, 09:53:26 AM
RN, CEN. Emergency medicine since day 1.  I'd rather dig ditches than work in another area. 
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Robinelli on July 20, 2014, 07:01:54 PM
I'm digging up my old threads for updates tonight :) The last time I posted on this thread I had just accepted my first nursing job after having completed my BSN degree.  I've moved on since that first nursing job and I'm now working in a pediatric ER.  I've been there for the past 8 months.  I am also working on my masters in nursing, family nurse practitioner.  I have completed 1 full year.  I cut back to part time starting this fall, so I'll finish my MSN December of 2016.  :D
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: Bones on July 24, 2014, 02:24:48 PM
Strong work Robinelli - as a PA myself I can tell you there are plenty of good paying jobs for MLPs with peds ER experience. Good luck in school.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: heliotropicmoth on July 24, 2014, 03:51:37 PM
EMT Basic in SW Ohio. My fiance and I both went through school at the same time. Our local volunteer fire department paid for our training. We are on call for the station one day a week, and go on runs, if we are available / not drinking  ;), the rest of the week. We are also both volunteer fire fighters, but my fiance won't step foot in a burning house, I love it.

Patrick
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: RangerRick on July 24, 2014, 06:34:44 PM
My friends call me RangerRick,
I have about 40 years working where there is no sanitation, bright lights, a warm safe place or doctors that can help me out.
Most of my life is military, disasters and backwoods farmers fixing. I use lots of herbs, tinctures, potions of sorts and some things from the kitchen.
My nightmare is delivering babies, did 7 during the Blizzard of 78, much rather do a gun shot wound.
I teach classes on the use of fish antibiotics, colloidal silver,sugar / honey and golden seal for wounds, using super glue and pine pitch for closing up a wound although I really like the stapler and other such relevant things.
Although some of my treatments  aren't what you will find in a medical facility , We, the patient and I are still alive.
I trust I shall learn from you all, if you find I may be of help to you, feel free to contact me.
I live in North Idaho and teach my skills thru out the American ReDoubt for free.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: JeffRN on September 22, 2014, 11:04:27 AM
I am an RN with 2 years of ICU experience. I also just started school for advanced practice as a Nurse Practitioner.  Prior to nursing I was a civil engineer specializing in water resources and power plants.  I am also a registered attorney (hard to believe, i know).  All schools attended were in ne ohio.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: mnotlyon on September 22, 2014, 01:29:28 PM
I am a certified Emergency Medical Responder in the state of Missouri.

I'm not sure that qualifies as a medical professional though. They taught us how to put on gloves, and hold the patients hand until somebody smarter than us shows up.  ;)
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: jborho on September 23, 2014, 11:12:29 AM
Paramedic in the suburbs of St. Louis Mo, 20 something years.  Last ten years have been in the ER, working side by side with the nurses and not responding calls anymore.  I start a ton of IV's and medications, and 12 leads.  Critical care is my love.  Spending most of my days off in the garden or building up the family storage of supplies.
Title: Re: Medical Professionals: Peer Review/introduction Thread
Post by: herewego on October 22, 2014, 11:25:38 AM
Hey everyone, I can't remember if I posted to this before but I think not. Anyway, I'm an RN. I got my license at the end of April of this year and started working in June. I am an admission nurse for a small, rural hospice company in North Texas. Basically, I drive around a lot, hang out with people, and create a plan of care aimed at helping them feel good. I get a lot of autonomy with my position: ordering drugs, scheduling my time, working without direct supervision a lot of the time. I'm far more interested in wilderness medicine and emergency medical skill prep than anything. It's just hard to fork up the money to take courses when you know that money has to go to pay the student loan....