Anyone here have any experience with RMI? I'm a paramedic student curretly and plan to go off the beaten path for a few years while I'm young and single. I'd like to go through their RMAP course after I get some ALS time in. Any advice?
WEMT is a joke for the most part. It's another one of the dumbed down courses I mentioned. Learn as much as you can about the sciences underpinning medicine: physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, histology, etc. Study up to the level approaching what one would learn in medical school. That is what I have done over the years and you can ask most people on here what they think of me. Most will say I'm a bit blunt, sometimes rude but few will question my knowledge of the medical aspects of discussions. You can get there too if you're willing to put in the effort.So what specifically would you recommend? Something like a WEMT course or more advanced studies?
The 68Ws are well above the level of an EMT-B.I mean where in the civilian world will they let you do a cricothyrotomy as an EMT-B in the back of a helicopter?!
As a military medical veteran (not to usurp AK's massively more significant level of experience in that regard), I call bull:censored::censored::censored::censored:. Among the guys who have done "epic" things for real, 99% of them don't talk about it outside of those with similar experiences.There's 3 68W's in my class that have all been talking about their time in Iraq and Afghanistan the past few days and it sounds pretty epic.
Depends- most Army medevacs are staffed by 68WF6 (I think), which is an ASI open to E4 and above. It's a 68W who gets an extra three weeks of aeromedical training and is generally considered to be a choice assignment (after all, Army Flight Medic is pretty cool). We don't generally send our medical officers on high-risk missions because it's a lot easier to train a new sergeant than a PA or MD. The Navy does the same thing with corpsmen.Yeh, sounds a bit too epic.
The helos are staffed with flight nurses, flight paramedics, flight docs and on a lot of the missions, the SOF medics (18D, PJ) will go because they need the medical exposure constantly and they have the skill set for hot extractions.
68W are a dime a dozen over here and they are in their unit clinics, on the ground with their unit on patrol or assisting in some of the smaller medical facilities (Role 1 and Role 2).
Currently, the Navy is in charge of the Role 3s (Full hospitals/surgical and trauma).
I have yet to see a 68W climb off a helo with a patient in my 5 years in Afghanistan. Not saying it has never happened or never will happen but am definitely saying the odds of it occurring are exceptionally low when there are already much higher skilled providers doing those missions.