HIGHLIGHTS OF RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
"I know how to lead people but most importantly,
I know where to take them."
Sara Schuster, 2008
My medical career includes nearly 13 years experience as a US Navy Corpsman, Independent Duty Corpsman and training as a Marine Battlefield Medic. In addition to the examination, diagnosis and treatment of patients I have served as:
- OB/GYN and Urology Clinic:
For the past 3 years, I served as the Leading Petty Officer of the OB/GYN & Urology Department where I provided direct support to six Physicians, two Mid-wives, two nurses and was responsible for eight enlisted personnel. I supervised and managed the scheduled care of over 4000 OB/GYN and 1800 Urology patients. I was responsible for the daily operation of patient care, appointment schedules, equipment management, ordering and restocking treatment rooms, routine and emergency care; vital signs and the report of any irregular signs and symptoms. Minor procedures included; Well Woman Exams, HSG's, LEEPS, Colposcopy examinations and biopsies, Post Partum exams, IUD placements and new OB exams. I expertly supervised a well rounded and very knowledgeable clinical staff on the daily operation of a very hectic and productive department.During this assignment the OB/GYN Clinic won the Naval Surgeons Award for Outstanding Customer Service for all clinics throughout all military branches.
-Storks Nest Case Manager:
Responsible for the management of a 12 room residence used to provide a convenient, comfortable and homly atmosphere for expectant mothers and their families. I continually endeavored to improve the effectiveness of this program. I quickly identified weak areas and took immediate and positive steps to improve on them. I spearheaded the Storks Nest Renovation Project, procuring over $120,000.00 worth of property to refurbish the establishment. This program is now being used as a guidance for other overseas military branches. I received 168 Bravo Zulus (the Navy’s version of an "atta boy" or "atta girl"), the most in USNH Yokosuka history.
-General Surgery Clinic/Surgical Technician : I served as the overall office manager of the clinic, assisting four General Surgeons, two Registered Nurses and was responsible for seven lower ranked sailors. Responsible for scheduling patient appointments,initalization and maintance of all medical files, billing and insurance, ordering and maintaining medical equipment and minor surgical procedures. As a surgical technician I specialized in OB/GYN as well as Gastroenterology assisting in EGD, colonoscopies, and bronchoscopes. While assigned my clinic was the only clinic in the 7th Fleet to be 100% JACHO compliant in the areas of Medical Records, Infection Control, Training Records and Pain Audits.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE AS AN INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN (IDC)
The following topics are covered at Surface Force Independent Duty School, Naval
School of Health Sciences, San Diego:
Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Diagnosis, Clinical Pathology, Pharmacy, Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Supply, Food and Water Sanitation, Substance Abuse, Personnel and Health Records Management, Patient Disposition, Pest Control, Naval and Shipboard Organization, Management of Medical and Surgical Emergency Dental Conditions, Industrial Hygiene, and Senior Medical Department Representative Responsibilities.
An IDC serves as the Medical Department Representative (MDR) aboard surface ships, with the units of the Fleet Marine Force, and at various isolated duty stations ashore independent of a medical officer. An IDC performs diagnostic procedures, advanced first aid, basic life support, nursing procedures, minor surgery, basic clinical laboratory procedures, and other routine and emergency health care, trained to administer the Radiation Health Program.
An IDC also conducts and direct preventive medicine and industrial health surveillance programs, and provides for health education to junior medical and all nonmedical personnel.
Senior IDC personnel assigned to shore and operational staffs provide medical assistance, training, and inspection services to operational forces and component units. Additionally, when assigned ashore, they serve primarily as non-physician health care providers at fixed medical treatment facilities (MTFs)
My specific experience includes providing diagnostic procedures, advanced first aid, basic life support, nursing procedures, minor surgery, basic clinical laboratory procedures, and other routine and emergency health care.
During my 13 year medical career I also performed the following:
-Senior Medical Officer at Marine Camp Fuji providing medical care to 350 Marines
-LPO for Healthcare Operations: 1 1/2 years ,
-LPO for hospital Individual Medical Readiness: 5 years
-Physical Health Assessment Coordinator: 1 year
-Referral Coordinator, and Vaccination/immunization Coordinator: 4 years
-Customer Service Representative: 7 years
-National Patient Safety Representative : 3 years
-Environment of Care Representative: 4 years
-Served as Chief of the Day: 5 years
-Provided Medical services for the Navy Brig: 3 years
-HIPPA Certified: 6 year
-BLS Instructor: 5 years
-Food Sanitation Training Certification
-Pest Management Certification
-Surgeon Generals Award for Most Excellent Customer Service OB/GYN Clinic
-Letter of Appreciation from Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld
-Received 168 Bravo Zulus ("atta girl") commendations for direct patient care.
-Junior Sailor of the Quarter - Great Lakes Naval Station
-Junior Sailor of the Year- Naval Training Center
-I was featured in an article in Stars & Stripes Newspaper and did a promotional spot featuring the Storks Nest that ran worldwide on the Armed Forces Network.
-Numerous Good Conduct Medals, Letters of Appreciation and Commendation, Meritorious Unit Citations and 3 Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
-28 BLS Courses
-Sick Call Screeners Course
-Basic Lifesaving Techniques
Boot Camp, Great Lakes Naval Station 1996
Corps School to become a Corpsman 1997
Assigned to Great Lakes following graduation 1997-99
Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda maryland 2000-01
Phoenix arizona, Marine Reserve Center 2003-04
San Diego california 2004-06
US Marine Battle field Training, California 2006
Surface Force Independent Duty School,
Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego 2006
-University of Tampa (1988-89)
-Austin Peay University (1990)
-University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (1993)
-Basic Training, Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago, illinois (1996)
-Basic Corpsman C School, Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago, Illinois (1997)
-Marine Battlefield Medic School, Camp Pendleton, California (2005)
- Surface Force Independent Duty School, Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego:
At the time of my retirement from the Navy I was enrolled at George washington University in Washington D.C. where I maintained a 4.0 GPA. I was selected for the Dean’s List and as a member of the National Collegiate Honor Society.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING