Inside Navy Medicine

Mustang Nurse

By Ensign David Frey,  BSN, RN, ADC-II, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan   What is a mustang? To most people, a mustang is thought to be a wild, untamed American horse but the word “mustang” has an alternative meaning to those of us in the military.  A Mustang is a military officer who previously served within the enlisted ranks.  The …

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Putting it in Perspective

By Cmdr. Arlene Saitzyk, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute My journey to become a Navy Psychologist began at Michigan State University where I specialized in Child and Family Clinical Psychology. My research focused on empowering young girls to maintain their sense of self, vitality, and “voice” during the sometimes rocky transition to adolescence. Interestingly however, my first job post-licensure was working with …

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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 Corpsman Family (Home) Delivery

By Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Chad Belmont My wife Brittany and I had planed to welcome our new born at home with the assistance of a mid-wife, but when our baby decided to arrive earlier than anticipated, I knew what to do; don’t panic, stay focused and rely on my training. And so this past summer I had the good fortune …

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The Sculptor’s Compass

By Lt. Darshan S. Thota, emergency department, Naval Medical Center San Diego  As a new resident in Naval Medical Center San Diego’s emergency department (ED), I’m starting to learn that serious and life-threatening conditions require rapid identification and intervention. Response time is often stretched out due to additional services, existing policies, overcrowding and cost of care. The most efficient emergency …

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