Outreach

Pacific Partnership 2015: A personal look at conducting the Coastal Medicine Initiative in Da Nang, Vietnam

By Cmdr. Lisa Kelty, Mass Casualty Director for Pacific Partnership 2015 aboard USNS Mercy From May-September 2015, I was deployed as an emergency medicine physician on board the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) in support of Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15). PP15 was a remarkable collaboration of multiple military and non-military organizations such among the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, University …

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Fair Winds and Following SMEE’s

By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (EXW) Lazara Y. Medina, Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT), assigned to the Department of Public Health for Continuing Promise 2015 Editors Note: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Medina is responsible for force health protection and public health education. One of the questions I am asked frequently is “What exactly is it that you do”? The best answer I have learned …

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Across Oceans to Root Canals Pt. 2

By Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs Editor’s Note: We continue with Cmdr. Vinh Doan’s, director of dental services, Naval Hospital Guam, true story about escaping Vietnam and starting a new life with his family in the U.S. Eventually another group of fisherman came by, recommending that they get close to shore and make a hole in their boat, and sink it …

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Across Oceans to Root Canals Pt. 1

By Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs Editor’s Note: Editor’s Note: Cmdr. Vinh Doan, director of dental services, Naval Hospital Guam describes his amazing escape from Vietnam and starting a new life with his family in the U.S. In a world of make believe, a story filled with pirates, gun fire, stormy seas, and a mysterious submarine might make an exciting adventure, but …

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Working with the Less Fortunate, Developing Medical and Leadership Skills in East Africa

By Cmdr. Steve Kriss, MC, officer in charge, Expeditionary Medical Facility, Djibouti Expeditionary Medical Facility Djibouti (EMF DJ) is a level II or role II damage control surgical facility which also provides emergency and primary care at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa (CLDJ). EMF DJ opened in 2003 in tents on CLDJ. In 2005, it re-located to its present location in …

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