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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 #1 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 #2 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 #3 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?

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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
Toll Free 1-800-461-6431

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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