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Re: Medical Technician versus Medical Assistant
« Reply #225 on: January 20, 2016, 04:43:05 »
For anyone wondering how things went, I was contacted about 2-3 days afterward and was given about 11-13 documents that I needed to fill out.

The next day I was contacted specifically about the sub-component reserve I wanted to join.
Filling out the forms, I had to order my transcripts and contact past employers I've had the past 5 years. Ordering the transcripts is taking another 3-5 days, and I only just got them yesterday.

I'm still waiting to receive notifications from my references, upon which I will schedule a meeting.

All in all, the whole process took about 8 days after submitting my application.

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Re: Medical Technician versus Medical Assistant
« Reply #226 on: February 07, 2016, 06:31:19 »
So I went to the interview,
I didn't do so well, I thought that the interview would follow this format:

To prepare for the interview, we suggest that you:

"Research the jobs you have listed on your application.
List the reasons you chose those jobs.
Review your resume and be prepared to talk about your work history.
Summarize your education and any other activities you have been involved in.
Read the section “Life in the CF” and “Basic Training.”
Prepare answers to the following common questions:
Where does basic training take place? For how long?
Where does the occupational training take place for the jobs you are interested in?
How long will you be in training before you are completely qualified?
What is the role of your preferred job in the Forces?
Where might you serve?
What do you like about the jobs you listed on the application?
What are the negative elements of the jobs you listed on the application?

Put some thought into what you will wear and how you want to present yourself.
Give yourself time to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so you can relax before the interview.
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(From Step Five for applying to the forces, http://www.forces.ca/en/page/applynow-100)

However there were more questions such as:

Whom is The Minister of National Defence? (Which I am ashamed to say I did not know was Harjit Sajjan at the time)
Along with all these other titles that I couldn't but a name to.
Along with questions such as, name a morally difficult time that presented itself to you that you solved and what your thought process was?

Thus, I was told to come back in about 4 months, however; I'm curious if there are more questions that I may better prepare myself for the next interview?

Any help would be appreciated, thank you very much.

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University Student Interested in Joining Reserves (Med A/T)?
« Reply #228 on: May 08, 2017, 13:39:29 »
Hey there!

I'm currently majoring in neuroscience in university, and I am on the track to medical school. I've been interested in the military since high school, and have only just started looking into it. There is a Health Services Reserve Unit in my city, and they have positions available for medical assistants and technicians. I am very interested in applying.

My question is regarding the training. I understand basic training occurs in the summer, but it seems both these medical positions require an abundance of additional training. How would I go about doing this as a university student? Does it occur in subsequent summers, or am I expected to take time off school? As a pre-med student my academics are my first priority.

Also, which position would be the more fulfilling and hands-on position? I would love to experience as much of the medical field as I can before med school, to be truly sure this is the pathway I want to take, and to also be as prepared as I can be for my future as a doctor/surgeon (if I get that far, haha).

Thanks in advance!

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Re: University Student Interested in Joining Reserves (Med A/T)?
« Reply #229 on: May 08, 2017, 13:54:23 »
Med A is for reservists, Med Tech is Reg F.
The difference is primarily PCP. If you are a licensed paramedic, you can be a Med tech in the reserves, otherwise you will be a Med A.
In general, they do the same job, although the tech will have a broader scope on ex's and op's.
Reserve 3s are usually done in the summer in Borden. BMQ (basic) can be done on weekends throughout the year, or over the summer. But you can't do your trades training with BMQ, and you won't do much with the unit until you are at least BMQ qualified.

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Re: University Student Interested in Joining Reserves (Med A/T)?
« Reply #230 on: May 08, 2017, 13:59:32 »
Med A is for reservists, Med Tech is Reg F.
The difference is primarily PCP. If you are a licensed paramedic, you can be a Med tech in the reserves, otherwise you will be a Med A.
In general, they do the same job, although the tech will have a broader scope on ex's and op's.
Reserve 3s are usually done in the summer in Borden. BMQ (basic) can be done on weekends throughout the year, or over the summer. But you can't do your trades training with BMQ, and you won't do much with the unit until you are at least BMQ qualified.
Thank you!

So could I, in theory, do basic training one summer, then my next training the following summer, etc etc, until I am qualified?

Is there potential to go from Med Assistant to Technician if I became a licensed paramedic later on down the road?

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Re: University Student Interested in Joining Reserves (Med A/T)?
« Reply #231 on: May 08, 2017, 14:05:41 »
Is there potential to go from Med Assistant to Technician if I became a licensed paramedic later on down the road?

Your profile does not indicate your location.

Paramedicine is provincially regulated. Requirements and issue of a licence to practice are set by the individual regulators.

For licensure as a Primary Care Paramedic ( PCP ) in Ontario,

Requirements

In Ontario, high school graduates who wish to become a paramedic must attend a recognized college Paramedic program. Almost all college Paramedic programs are 2 years ( full-time ) in length.


Generally colleges require the following prior to the start of their program:

•Current Standard First Aid (or equivalent) certificate
•Current CPR (C) - Basic Rescuer level (or equivalent) certificate
•Senior Biology high school course (grade 11 or higher)
•Senior Science high school course (other than biology)
•High School graduation diploma
•Class 'F' Drivers License - Ontario
•Current Immunizations (including Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox -if needed-, & flu shot recommended)
•Be Communicable Disease free
•Be physically fit & able to lift
•Possess good communication skills & be able to fluently read & write English (French also required for francophone programs)
•Be at least 18 years old prior to beginning preceptorship (on-the-job) training
Information on the A-EMCA provincial certification exam

Upon completion of the college Primary Care Paramedic program, graduates are eligible to write the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) examination. Candidates for the A-EMCA are offered 3 attempts to successfully pass (70% required) the exam before remedial training is required & may work for an ambulance service for up to 210 days while preparing.

If you are attending an approved institution that offers the paramedic program, your institution should be contacting the MOHLTC-EHS Branch office to obtain application packages for all of their students, prior to graduating.

For more information on the A-EMCA, contact:

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Emergency Health Services Branch
Patient Care Standards, Education and Certification5700 Yonge Street, 6th Floor
North York, ON M2M 4K5
Tel #: (416) 327-7813 Fax #:(416) 327-7911
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See also,

Med Tech in the Reserves 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=90164.0

Reserves as a Med-Tech... already trained as a paramedic?
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=39778.0

Medical Assistant reserve trade prior to medical school, or not?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=114818.0

QL3 reserve medtech to ACP EMT-A
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=96552.0

Medical Assistant 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,4238.75.html

MEDICAL TECHNICIAN RESERVE?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=92991.0

Medical Assistant in Ontario 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=119320.0

Medical Technician versus Medical Assistant 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=111801.0

Curious About Joining Reserves 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=107418.0
OP: "I've been debating about joining the reserves as a Medical Technician."

etc...

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.

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Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #232 on: July 01, 2017, 02:15:01 »
I'd like to thank everyone that offered, interjected their help, insight and experience into helping me decide on the following; I'm currently in the recruiting process of getting into the 51st fld ambulance as a medical assistant, as I have an eventual goal of going to med school/becoming a med officer in the long run.

From everyone I've spoken too, the role and duties of a Med A aren't too clear and concise. I've also been told being in the infantry and doing TCCC is equivalent to being a Med A. My main interest is a medical based trade although I am also quite interested in infantry related business since it appeals to me as a more fulfilling 'army' experience. I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to stick with Med A and be surrounded in a medical network/clinical environment, which aligns well with my application to med school, or go with infantryman w/ TCCC.

(P.S. this is for reserve while I complete a B.Sci)

Once again, thank you!! :)



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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #233 on: July 01, 2017, 10:43:42 »
I've also been told being in the infantry and doing TCCC is equivalent to being a Med A.

For reference,

Tactical combat casualty care ( TCCC )
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,26415.475.html
20 pages.

Medical Assistant - Reserve 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,4238.0.html
10 pages.

or go with infantryman w/ TCCC.

You may wish to ask how likely it will be, and how long you will have to wait, for PRes Infantry TCCC. 



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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #234 on: July 01, 2017, 11:24:45 »
No, a Med A or Med Tech isn't the same as an infanteer with TCCC.

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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #235 on: July 01, 2017, 11:44:41 »
No, a Med A or Med Tech isn't the same as an infanteer with TCCC.

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So basically Med A does a lot more clinical, and medical procedures than an infanteer w/ TCCC?


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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #236 on: July 01, 2017, 11:53:13 »
Yeah, and spends a lot more time and depth in training.

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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #237 on: July 01, 2017, 11:54:08 »
TCCC is a course designed to be used on the battlefield to assist the med tech in a casualty collection point, or in extremis perform life-saving interventions when a med tech is not available/delayed. Its a 2 week course and is not a replacement for a properly trained Med Tech/Med A.

If you want to do medical stuff, be a Med A/Tech.

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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #238 on: July 01, 2017, 11:56:51 »
TCCC is a course designed to be used on the battlefield to assist the med tech in a casualty collection point, or in extremis perform life-saving interventions when a med tech is not available/delayed. Its a 2 week course and is not a replacement for a properly trained Med Tech/Med A.

If you want to do medical stuff, be a Med A/Tech.
Nice! That's more of an answer I was looking for, I was looking If there was a way to get the best of both worlds. Is there a link that points out the curriculum of Med A, showing what procedures they're taught?


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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #239 on: July 01, 2017, 12:34:31 »
In addition to the other answers, TCCC had for the most part been "just in time" training. Unless you were going to be deployed, you probably wouldn't get it as a reservist infanteer.
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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #240 on: July 01, 2017, 12:39:12 »
You may wish to ask how likely it will be, and how long you will have to wait, for PRes Infantry TCCC.

The chances of a reservist who is not deploying getting a TCCC course is slim to none and slim just walked out the door. 

Is there a link that points out the curriculum of Med A, showing what procedures they're taught?

Medical Assistant Questions and Answers are here,

Medical Assistant - Reserve 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,4238.0.html
10 pages.

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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #241 on: July 02, 2017, 09:50:10 »
In addition to the other answers, TCCC had for the most part been "just in time" training. Unless you were going to be deployed, you probably wouldn't get it as a reservist infanteer.

Also the target for those deploying with the training is 1 in 10.  As such, you roll the dice their also that you will not be the guy picked up for the specialty course.

The Med A's prehospital skill set is that of an Emergency Medical Responder with some additional military protocols that include such things like IV's, catheter insertion, supraglottic airway, epinephrine, needle decompression, haemostatic gauze, tourniquet, intraosseous insertion, pelvic binders, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, tetracaine, moxifloxacin, glucose gel and CBRN protocols.

They also gain skills in primary health care (clinic medicine) and in-patient care as well as medical service specific field skills and how to run / work in a medical clinic. 

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Re: Conflicted between two trades (Med A vs. Infantry w/ TCCC)
« Reply #242 on: July 02, 2017, 11:16:28 »
Also the target for those deploying with the training is 1 in 10.  As such, you roll the dice their also that you will not be the guy picked up for the specialty course.

The Med A's prehospital skill set is that of an Emergency Medical Responder with some additional military protocols that include such things like IV's, catheter insertion, supraglottic airway, epinephrine, needle decompression, haemostatic gauze, tourniquet, intraosseous insertion, pelvic binders, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, tetracaine, moxifloxacin, glucose gel and CBRN protocols.

They also gain skills in primary health care (clinic medicine) and in-patient care as well as medical service specific field skills and how to run / work in a medical clinic. 

MC
This is amazing, this is exactly the information I've been looking for for some time now that I feel the forums was lacking. Hopefully this helps future Med A's get answers.

Thank you so much.
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Med Tech QL3 for Med A
« Reply #243 on: July 23, 2017, 18:31:00 »
How long is the course for me? What am I excluded from?
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Med A, Combat Arms Unit, Med School
« Reply #244 on: August 19, 2017, 17:42:10 »
Hey guys, (I've used the search function already, past posts related to some of my questions are deleted or inaccessible)

I'm almost done the recruiting process as a Med A but a close friend who's ex military tells me that as a Med A in a Fd Amb unit, you unfortunately get a whole lot of nothing done in terms of clinical experience. He says I'm better off joining the infantry to focus my experience on leadership and communication, and applying to learn TCCC, rather than joining a Med A and not applying my skills ever. He says the only way I'll be useful is if I get attached to a combat arms unit.

I do believe that being a Med A in a fd amb will put me in a a good environment socially for networking (being surrounded by healthcare practitioners), health knowledge, and will still get the leadership?

I'm also applying to med school so as much as the military is something I really want to do wholeheartedly, I also would like to align it properly with future endeavours down the line.


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Re: Med A, Combat Arms Unit, Med School
« Reply #245 on: August 19, 2017, 18:13:10 »
He says I'm better off joining the infantry to focus my experience on leadership and communication, and applying to learn TCCC, rather than joining a Med A and not applying my skills ever.


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Reply #232
OP: JMei001
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,4238.msg1494199.html#msg1494199
I've also been told being in the infantry and doing TCCC is equivalent to being a Med A. My main interest is a medical based trade although I am also quite interested in infantry related business since it appeals to me as a more fulfilling 'army' experience. I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to stick with Med A and be surrounded in a medical network/clinical environment, which aligns well with my application to med school, or go with infantryman w/ TCCC.
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Re: Medical Assistant - Reserve
« Reply #246 on: August 19, 2017, 18:52:05 »

See,
Reply #232
OP: JMei001
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,4238.msg1494199.html#msg1494199
Haha crap! You're right I forgot I posted about that. I guess I'm having difficulty finding a real answer about what it's going to be like once I start and if I'll actually use the stuff I learn on people


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Re: Medical Assistant - Reserve
« Reply #247 on: August 19, 2017, 19:00:19 »
Haha crap! You're right I forgot I posted about that. I guess I'm having difficulty finding a real answer about what it's going to be like once I start and if I'll actually use the stuff I learn on people

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Re: Med A, Combat Arms Unit, Med School
« Reply #248 on: August 21, 2017, 17:54:16 »
past posts related to some of my questions are deleted or inaccessible

Likely because threads have been merged.

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Re: Medical Assistant - Reserve
« Reply #249 on: September 30, 2017, 17:26:04 »
Hey,

What courses are taken during QL4 of medical assistant?

Also, I'm not sure how it works in the military about getting loaded onto courses, but are there opportunities/courses to learn different forms of healthcare, in different environments and new techniques?


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