Tag Archives: IDC

Navy Medicine is Prepared to Care for Women at Sea

By Lt. Hope Nicole Blythe Moore, General Medical Officer, Surface Warfare Medical Institute At the Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI) in San Diego, California, we do our part to help Navy Medicine increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among our female Sailors serving on Navy ships. Female Sailors underway or in port …

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Hospital Corps’ Top Doc

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Story by Lance Cpl. Tyler Ngiraswei CAMP HANSEN, Japan – There were an estimated five thousand casualties suffered during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and independent duty corpsmen did their best to prevent the deaths of those injured. Petty Officer 1st Class Wilson Rodriguez, Jr., now an IDC himself, served as a hospital corpsman on …

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I ‘m proud to be an Independent Duty Corpsman

By Chief Hospital Corpsman  (EXW) Travis Harmon, Navy Medicine Education & Training Command I say “We”, however, this is my own perspective of what an IDC is. IDCs are a small community of highly skilled medical practitioners trained to operate in the most arduous environments. On any given day we are solely responsible for the health and well being of …

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A Message From the Surgeon General: Navy Medical Education and Training

By Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Medical education and training is the foundation of the world-class care we provide around the globe. It ensures our personnel are medically ready and deployable; it allows us to administer cutting-edge care on, above, and below the water; and ensures that we …

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Corpsmen Talk: Preventing Heat Injuries

By Chief Independent Duty Corpsman Amanda L. McDevitt, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center During my time as a hospital corpsman, I’ve seen numerous heat-related injuries, ranging from mild sunburn to full-blown heat stroke. If you have ever experienced a heat-related injury, you know that it is not fun. What you may not know is that with the right …

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