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Med Tech Questions
« on: October 13, 2016, 16:51:35 »
Good day,

I am seeking some information regarding a current situation I am having. I will start off by saying I have not been able to find any current information on what I'm looking for, only 4 plus years old info.

I was accepted for Semi-skilled Med Tech back in March of this year. At my enrollment ceremony, a medical problem kept me from going to my BMQ start date. I was to get cleared to be re processed, and I have been. I have been re offered my job as Semi-skilled Med Tech in the Army.

Now to my problem. I am currently enrolled in Advanced Care Paramedic school, and am a semester into the 2 year program. I am on the fence about leaving school and accepting this offer or staying in school and negating the offer.

I'm trying to get a good grasp on the day to life as an Army medic as I already understand what the civilian life entails.

My biggest concern is completing training after leaving school, and doing nothing but kit check and maintenance day in day out without any action (excuse the phrase).

If anybody could give me some personal insight or from a recruiters standpoint? Or should I move this thread elsewhere.

Any insight is appreciated,
Thanks,
BigRed
Recruiting Centre: Calgary
Regular/Reserve: Regular
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Medical Technician
Application Date: December 2013/Semi-skilled application April 2015
First Contact: December 3/2013, Re-opened file for semi-skilled April 2015
CFAT: Too far back to remember..
Medical: November 9/2015
Interview: November 9/2015
PLAR: Reviewed and approved February 25/2016
Merit Listed: February 27/2016
Position Offered: March 8/2016
Swear In: March 22/2016
BMQ: April 18/2016

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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2016, 17:32:07 »
Can't really comment on the "day-to-day" life of a CAF Med Tech as it all depends on your initial posting location after completion of the occupation training.  If you haven't already completed your Paramedic Training (PCP) and are currently provincially licensed as a Paramedic, then you won't be enrolled as "Semi-Skilled".

Applicants enrolled into the Med Tech occupation as "Unskilled" will undertake their occupational training at the Canadian Forces Health Care Training Centre in Borden, ON and also the PCP training in Moncton, NB.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 11:18:25 by DAA »
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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2016, 17:34:47 »
Can't really comment on the "day-to-day" life of a CAF Med Tech as it all depends on your initial posting location after completion of the occupation training.  If you haven't already completed your Paramedic Training (PCP) and are currently provincially licensed as a Paramedic, then you won't be enrolled as "Semi-Skilled".

Applicants enrolled into the Med Tech occupation as "Unskilled" will undertake their occupational training at the Canadian Forces Health Care Training Centre in Borden, ON and also the PCP training in St John, NF at CNA  http://www.cna.nl.ca/programs-courses/Show-Program-Details.aspx?program=36
I am already a PCP, provincially registered and all. I am in ACP school (advanced care). Offer is for semi skilled Med Tech.

Thanks for your help though.
Hoping to get more info on this as my decision date is the 25th at latest.

BigRed

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Recruiting Centre: Calgary
Regular/Reserve: Regular
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Medical Technician
Application Date: December 2013/Semi-skilled application April 2015
First Contact: December 3/2013, Re-opened file for semi-skilled April 2015
CFAT: Too far back to remember..
Medical: November 9/2015
Interview: November 9/2015
PLAR: Reviewed and approved February 25/2016
Merit Listed: February 27/2016
Position Offered: March 8/2016
Swear In: March 22/2016
BMQ: April 18/2016

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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2016, 11:21:11 »
I am already a PCP, provincially registered and all. I am in ACP school (advanced care). Offer is for semi skilled Med Tech.
Thanks for your help though.
Hoping to get more info on this as my decision date is the 25th at latest.

Okay, then you would be considered as "Semi-Skilled" at the time the offer of employment is made.

I'll flag a few Med Techs I know and see if they can give you some answers.  Stand-bye........
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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2016, 11:22:09 »
Okay, then you would be considered as "Semi-Skilled" at the time the offer of employment is made.

I'll flag a few Med Techs I know and see if they can give you some answers.  Stand-bye........
Thank you DAA!

Much appreciated.


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Recruiting Centre: Calgary
Regular/Reserve: Regular
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Medical Technician
Application Date: December 2013/Semi-skilled application April 2015
First Contact: December 3/2013, Re-opened file for semi-skilled April 2015
CFAT: Too far back to remember..
Medical: November 9/2015
Interview: November 9/2015
PLAR: Reviewed and approved February 25/2016
Merit Listed: February 27/2016
Position Offered: March 8/2016
Swear In: March 22/2016
BMQ: April 18/2016

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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 11:33:15 »
For reference, perhaps,

MED. TECH Questions 

will be merged with,

Medical Technician (Med Tech) Questions 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=28820.225
10 pages.

and

A few questions about the MedTech trade 
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,108013.msg1459214.html#msg1459214
2 pages.

and

Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=92188.0
3 pages

and

A few questions about the MedTech trade 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=108013.0
2 pages.

and

Quick few questions about Med. Tech Trade 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=118370.0

and

Medical Technician - Unskilled, Semi-skilled, Skilled Application 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,81858.75.html
5 pages.

etc...
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+med+tech&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=hf0AWJKlIIWN8QfAnpDYAQ&gws_rd=ssl
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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2016, 11:41:16 »
Good day,

I am seeking some information regarding a current situation I am having. I will start off by saying I have not been able to find any current information on what I'm looking for, only 4 plus years old info.

I was accepted for Semi-skilled Med Tech back in March of this year. At my enrollment ceremony, a medical problem kept me from going to my BMQ start date. I was to get cleared to be re processed, and I have been. I have been re offered my job as Semi-skilled Med Tech in the Army.

Now to my problem. I am currently enrolled in Advanced Care Paramedic school, and am a semester into the 2 year program. I am on the fence about leaving school and accepting this offer or staying in school and negating the offer.

I'm trying to get a good grasp on the day to life as an Army medic as I already understand what the civilian life entails.

My biggest concern is completing training after leaving school, and doing nothing but kit check and maintenance day in day out without any action (excuse the phrase).

If anybody could give me some personal insight or from a recruiters standpoint? Or should I move this thread elsewhere.

Any insight is appreciated,
Thanks,
BigRed

You have the right idea, when you get to your unit it will be a lot of checking kit and supplies etc and making sure that the unit is ready when deployment happens. (If you're at a field unit) however, you still will have opportunities to see patients in the field. You could also be posted to a clinic where you will see patients day in and day out in a sort of "walk in clinic" type feel.

It won't be as exciting as what a civilian paramedic deals with on a day to day basis, unless you're on certain deployments.

If it's excitement you're looking for day to day then civilian is probably best for you. However, (I've never been deployed), in talking with a member who was a military medic in Bosnia, when crap gets "exciting" it gets really "exciting".

If you like the idea of the civilian job, stick with it. If you truly want to join the forces and have the potential to see a lot of crap that you wouldn't see as a civilian, then come and join us. ✅
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Trade Choice 1: Medical Technician
Application Date: February 17th, 2013
First Contact from Ottawa: March 20th, 2013
Forms brought in to Ottawa: March 21, 2013.
CFAT completed : May 13th, 2013
Interview completed: May 13th, 2013
Medical completed: May 13th, 2013
Merit listed: June 19th, 2013
Position offered: August 16th, 2013
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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2016, 12:06:10 »
Regarding "civilian" Paramedic.

1) Working 9-1-1 is not the same as being a Med Tech.

2) Another way it is different from the CAF,
If you've seen one Paramedic system, you've seen one Paramedic system.
That's within each province. Across Canada, requirements and issue of a licence to practice are set by the individual provincial regulators.
I worked for the largest municipal Paramedic Deaprtment in Canada. But, beyond those 243 square miles, all I know about other Paramedic systems is what I read on the internet.

3) Regarding the term "civilian". Although commonly used here, The City of Toronto under the City of Toronto Act, extends the definition of who is a civilian to exclude City of Toronto Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics.

« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 12:16:02 by mariomike »
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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2016, 12:14:36 »
Mis quote. Edited.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 12:23:52 by Tiffany0x »
Recruiting Centre: Ottawa, Ontario
Regular/Reserve: Regular
Trade Choice 1: Medical Technician
Application Date: February 17th, 2013
First Contact from Ottawa: March 20th, 2013
Forms brought in to Ottawa: March 21, 2013.
CFAT completed : May 13th, 2013
Interview completed: May 13th, 2013
Medical completed: May 13th, 2013
Merit listed: June 19th, 2013
Position offered: August 16th, 2013
Swearing in: August 27th, 2013
Basic Training Begins: September 2nd, 2013

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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2016, 12:22:00 »
Mis quote. Edited.
Recruiting Centre: Ottawa, Ontario
Regular/Reserve: Regular
Trade Choice 1: Medical Technician
Application Date: February 17th, 2013
First Contact from Ottawa: March 20th, 2013
Forms brought in to Ottawa: March 21, 2013.
CFAT completed : May 13th, 2013
Interview completed: May 13th, 2013
Medical completed: May 13th, 2013
Merit listed: June 19th, 2013
Position offered: August 16th, 2013
Swearing in: August 27th, 2013
Basic Training Begins: September 2nd, 2013

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Re: MED. TECH Questions
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2016, 12:24:21 »
4) Can't speak for others, but to me being a Paramedic was a job. A good job, but not a spiritual vocation. So, if pay and benefits are a consideration,

Salary ( 2010 )
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,100171.0.html

Salary ( 2011 - 2014 )
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=105151.0

Benefits
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,122985.0.html

5 ) It's not about leadership or teamwork. It's about Partnership. For better or worse, you are stuck with the same partner for years. Sometimes decades. So you had both better get along.

6 ) Customer Service. Likeability is 90 per cent of the job, in my estimation. You are being invited into people's homes. Smile and a shoeshine and all that.  :)

7 ) I can't say for out of town systems, but City of Toronto Paramedics only respond to 9-1-1 calls. Non-emergency transfers are handled by private companies.
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Med Tech Recruitment
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2017, 16:26:27 »
Good Afternoon Guys
I have a question for the masses.
I moved to Canada 4 years ago from England, and have just reached the ripe old age of 50.
I served in the RAF for 6 years, was a Firefighter (Civilian) for 12 and finally served as a front-line Paramedic (ACP equivalent) for 13 years.
I am currently working for a security company in Canada, which is ok, but not what i want.

I have done some serious thinking about what i really want to do, and after being told by the M.O.H. that i would have to resit twice as many exams as it took me to qualify in the first place, i was thinking about other avenues.

I was wondering what options and opportunities i would have, if i stepped forward and spoke to a CF recruitment centre?

I fully appreciate i am in the more senior time of my life, but i dont feel that i am at a time to give up looking for another career choice.

Thanks

Lee

 

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Re: Med Tech Recruitment
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2017, 16:35:52 »
I have done some serious thinking about what i really want to do, and after being told by the M.O.H. that i would have to resit twice as many exams as it took me to qualify in the first place, i was thinking about other avenues.

In order to become employed in Ontario as a paramedic at any level, a person must hold an Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) qualification or hold training and qualifications deemed equivalent.
Ontario Paramedic Equivalency Process
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/ehs/edu/equiv.html

I was wondering what options and opportunities i would have, if i stepped forward and spoke to a CF recruitment centre?

Required Education
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 12 or Secondaire V in Quebec with Grade 11 Applied Math (or Quebec equivalent) as well as Biology and Chemistry at the Grade 12 or Secondary V level.

This position requires a valid driver’s license.

Direct Entry
If you already have a college from a recognized Primary Care Paramedic program as well as a current registration, license or certification to practise as a Paramedic from a Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory authority, the Forces may place you directly into the any required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned. If you have graduated in the last 24 months, no minimum experience is required. If you have graduated more than 24 months ago, at least 480 hours of cumulative experience is required as a Primary Care Paramedic with an emergency medical service in the past 24 months.

I fully appreciate i am in the more senior time of my life, but i dont feel that i am at a time to give up looking for another career choice.

Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread) 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=207.0
12 pages.

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Re: Med Tech Recruitment
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2017, 17:02:44 »
Thanks
Much appreciated.
I do intend speaking to recruitment, but im also looking for any other info that might be helpful

Lee

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Re: Med Tech Recruitment
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2017, 17:08:06 »
I moved to Canada 4 years ago from England, . . .

The first question to answer - are you a Canadian citizen?  If not, it is unlikely you will be enrolled.
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Re: Med Tech Recruitment
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2017, 17:24:41 »
Thanks
Much appreciated.

You are welcome. Good luck.  :)

I do intend speaking to recruitment, but im also looking for any other info that might be helpful

You posted in Enrollment Medical.

You may find some info here,
Medical Technician
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+med+tech&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=-lPMWOWcIsiC8QepypXYCA&gws_rd=ssl#q=site:army.ca+%22med+tech%22&&spf=1
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