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Navy Reserves Have Major Impact on NATO Role 3 in Kandahar

  By Capt. Mike McCarten, commanding officer of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan. McCarten is a U.S. Navy family physician and aerospace medicine specialist. I command the NATO trauma hospital south of Kandahar City, the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit (MMU) staffed with 225 men and women from Navy Medicine. To them, the scenes in …

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Navy Medicine Places Value on Primary Care

By Lt. Kevin Bernstein, M.D., M.M.S., Family Medicine Resident at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. Medical residency years- three crucial, challenging, yet completely rewarding years of medical education.  As I begin the first of my residency years, it is difficult to personally quantify how demanding this year is going to be. I find it reassuring, however, to be a part of …

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A Grateful Marine’s Journey through Navy Medicine

 By Captain Matthew Kutilek, U.S. Marine Corps My interaction with Navy Medicine during my first eight years of service in the Marine Corps proved to be limited, uneventful and quite normal. An appointment here, sickness there, the birth of two healthy daughters over a span of two years and follow-on requisite visits proved to be the norm. All of this …

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Behavioral Health Tech (Psych Tech) Myth Buster

By Hospital Corpsman First Class April N. Sarani. Sarani has been in the Navy 18 years and has specialized in psychological and mental health for over 16 years. She is the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Enlisted Technical Leader (ETL) for HM 8485 Behavioral Health Technician. I am a Corpsman, but more specifically I am a behavioral health …

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Now is a Great Time to Find Out What FOCUS Can Offer Your Family

By Kirsten Woodward, LCSW, BUMED Director Family Programs Division Summertime is a time for fun in the sun, family vacations and a break for the kids from school. But summer also represents a time of transition, change and stress – it’s the most common time of year for Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) orders to be carried out– which …

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