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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #125 on: June 04, 2010, 08:41:45 »
preface by saying "never been on ship"

On Ship, your the junior working one on one with a PA. As a medic you will responsible to the PA for everything. Literally everything, med records, med supply, initial screening of patients, coordinating appointments.

It would not be a stretch to say that it may not be the same, as all the army bases have moved to a CDU concept (which the air force bases have used for years) have have become heavily reliant on civilians to take care of most of the administrative duties.
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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #126 on: June 04, 2010, 09:03:41 »
I am actually gonna jump in and ask (out of curiosity and to help the OP) what is a CDU?

Not everyone knows all the acronyms we (you) use day to day.. we need to remember to use "plain talk" when answering basic questions!
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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #127 on: June 04, 2010, 09:05:24 »
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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #129 on: June 05, 2010, 01:36:25 »
Its what our Reg F medical system uses as a health care unit to provide first line support. Its a family practitioners office/walk in clinic with 1-3 MOs, 1-3 NP/PA's a couple nurses, 2-5 medics and civilians who take care of a group of about 1500 "clients" otherwise known as soldiers.
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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #130 on: June 07, 2010, 16:40:57 »
would having an emr certificate and EMT-a theory in alberta be considered enough for the med tech reserve?
-Do i need to have a current ACP registration?
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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #131 on: June 07, 2010, 16:50:30 »
would having an emr certificate and EMT-a theory in alberta be considered enough for the med tech reserve?
-Do i need to have a current ACP registration?

You would have to ask a Recruiter.
But, first, do you meet the Qualification Requirements?:
"Medical Technicians must have completed high school with biology and chemistry credits, and hold a current driver's license.":
http://www.forces.ca/html/medicaltechnician_reg_en.aspx
 

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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #132 on: June 08, 2010, 05:41:50 »
preface by saying "never been on ship"

On Ship, your the junior working one on one with a PA. As a medic you will responsible to the PA for everything. Literally everything, med records, med supply, initial screening of patients, coordinating appointments.

It would not be a stretch to say that it may not be the same, as all the army bases have moved to a CDU concept (which the air force bases have used for years) have have become heavily reliant on civilians to take care of most of the administrative duties.


Thanks SFB, I appreciate the information, as well as your post regarding Med Techs in Afghanistan. It was quite informative. I am currently working on my fitness and then I plan on applying for Medic.

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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #133 on: June 14, 2010, 20:57:05 »
Thanks,

And you really should apply now...you have everyday of the rest of your life to work on your fitness.

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Med Tech Questions
« Reply #134 on: July 01, 2010, 16:43:05 »
I am seriously considering and planning on a long-term career in the CF as a Med Tech. I'm even going so far as to spend an extra year in high-school so I can get my Gr. 12 Bio/Sci credits, and after that it's just my drivers license which I need. Only a few years away !

  I noticed that on the CF Website, on the "Job Explorer" page that Medical Technician has the icons of all 3 branches next to it. If I am not wrong this means that one could be a Med Tech in any of the 3. Does the applicant get to choose his branch? Which branch would you recommend?
I was planning on going Army, because they get to get their hands nice n' dirty. However, I've heard that the AF has some much better living conditions.

Then there is the 6 year OJT phase.. would this mostly be 6 years  spent taking inventory and stocking vaccines? Is the career basically the same all around, or do different branches do things very differently?


The following...
Operating Room Technician, Preventive Medicine Technician, Biomedical Electronic Technician or Aero-Medical Technician
...are all listed as Medical Specialist Trades, however the Forces.ca website has little to say on each of these. Could anyone enlighten me as to the specifics of these career paths?

Thank-you!

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Re: Med Tech Questions
« Reply #135 on: July 01, 2010, 17:31:06 »
« Last Edit: July 01, 2010, 17:39:17 by 2010newbie »

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Re: Med Tech Questions
« Reply #136 on: July 01, 2010, 18:40:39 »
Well I wanted to get started on a career shortly after highschool, and I realized that my vision was marginally too poor to be a member of the combat arms team. Of course I could get LASIK/LASEK to improve it, but I don't want to have anything like that done until I'm at least 25 yrs old, and Med Tech looks to be just as rewarding of a career as Combat Engineer.

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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #137 on: July 04, 2010, 13:15:48 »
Hi

one thing that's not mentioned on the site is that - at least in Ontario - you need bio 12 and the only 12 bio is a university course, the others can be collage bound ones. i ran in to this problem last Oct and have been working on upgrading for the past several months using a correspondence program, if you in Ontario there called ILC.

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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #138 on: July 05, 2010, 00:11:58 »
Hi

one thing that's not mentioned on the site is that - at least in Ontario - you need bio 12 and the only 12 bio is a university course, the others can be collage bound ones. i ran in to this problem last Oct and have been working on upgrading for the past several months using a correspondence program, if you in Ontario there called ILC.

For those interested, http://www.ilc.org/index-main.php

I took a course with them a few years back.
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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #139 on: July 08, 2010, 17:51:49 »
I am meeting with the local field am recruiter tommorow afternoon, pertaining to wether or not some civillian quals will bypass the high school requirements.  I will advise as soon as i can

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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #140 on: July 08, 2010, 22:24:06 »
Good Luck man, hope it work's out for yah. so I guess you be needing you Klein tools eh? lolololol ;D

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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #141 on: July 12, 2010, 06:45:47 »

Update,

             So i met with the recruiter from my local field amb and he was more than willing to take my file with my EMR and EMT-A training (the high school sciences quoted in  recruiting are the competive requirements)  He told me that we could do a PLA and i may be credited for what civillian training i had but because it had been almost 10 years and i was working outside the industry he thought it better to start me off from scratch. 

        I should note though he told me that there are currently 20 something applicants and transfers in varying points of the recruiting process and if any number of them get a complete file and are more qualified than I then they will get offers before me (only fair!!)  My advantage lies in the fact that my file is complete and supposed to be enroute to the reserve recruiter as we speak.

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Re: Med Tech Question
« Reply #142 on: July 27, 2010, 23:02:18 »

        I should note though he told me that there are currently 20 something applicants and transfers in varying points of the recruiting process and if any number of them get a complete file and are more qualified than I....

good information to know....I will investigate the PLAR possiblities...thanks

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Re: Med Tech Questions
« Reply #143 on: August 04, 2010, 21:05:18 »
If anyone could offer more information, that'd be pretty great.
Basically I am wondering what it is that a Medical Tech does on a day-to-day basis, both at home and on deployment.

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Re: Med Tech Questions
« Reply #144 on: August 04, 2010, 22:17:56 »

The following...
Operating Room Technician, Preventive Medicine Technician, Biomedical Electronic Technician or Aero-Medical Technician
...are all listed as Medical Specialist Trades, however the Forces.ca website has little to say on each of these. Could anyone enlighten me as to the specifics of these career paths?


The reason that not alot are listed about them is generally Med Tech is the feeder trade for remuster into them...with exception of BMET and sometimes OR tech.  You have to do your time as a medic then apply for remuster when the trades are advertising vacancies.  As for what do you do for 6 years, well depends on where you are posted - could be working on a ship, in a clinic, in a field unit of some sort.  Yeah, you'll likely be doing some supply management between seeing sick people or administration, it all depends. 

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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #145 on: August 05, 2010, 22:13:30 »
I would just like to say that it doesn't matter what element you pick, you can end up anywhere.   I am Navy on an Army base.   I know Navy/Air that have never been posted to their respected element bases.

There is more to being a medic than working CDUs on the army bases.  CFH is the warehouse for medical kit, it is mainly medic run.  FdAmbs mainly support the troops, but there is also kit maintenance and vehicle maintenance that has to be done there as well.  Navy bases seem to offer more medical work, but you can also spend long periods of time away when you are posted to a ship.  But that is similar everywhere.  In the last 3 yrs, I have actually worked at my unit for about 10 months and been on my base for about 19 months.

Don't want to scare you off, just be aware of what you are getting into. 

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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #146 on: August 06, 2010, 07:32:58 »
I would just like to say that it doesn't matter what element you pick, you can end up anywhere.   I am Navy on an Army base.   I know Navy/Air that have never been posted to their respected element bases.

There is more to being a medic than working CDUs on the army bases.  CFH is the warehouse for medical kit, it is mainly medic run.  FdAmbs mainly support the troops, but there is also kit maintenance and vehicle maintenance that has to be done there as well.  Navy bases seem to offer more medical work, but you can also spend long periods of time away when you are posted to a ship.  But that is similar everywhere.  In the last 3 yrs, I have actually worked at my unit for about 10 months and been on my base for about 19 months.

Don't want to scare you off, just be aware of what you are getting into.

Let's be clearer...

1 Canadian Field Hospital (1 Cdn Fd Hosp) is a $40+ million multi-configuration, field-deployable, Role 3 hospital, not a CFH (Canadian Forces Hospital) as it does not provide health services in garrison, nor is it a warehouse for medical equipment.  1 Cdn Fd Hosp has Biomedical Equipment Technicians, Preventive Medical Technician and a large number of Medical Technicians in Treatment and Headquarters Companies, as well as clerks and technicians from at least four other Branches in Headquarters and Services Companies with variety of Health Services and Logistics Officers who command the unit and is not "mainly medic run".

Central Medical Equipment Depot (CMED) is a medical equipment warehouse which has a few Medical Technicians, Health Care Administrators, Biomedical Equipment Technicians and Pharmacists on its nominal roll, as well as civilian technicians, administrative staff and warehouse workers.
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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #147 on: August 06, 2010, 10:04:24 »
Its what our Reg F medical system uses as a health care unit to provide first line support. Its a family practitioners office/walk in clinic with 1-3 MOs, 1-3 NP/PA's a couple nurses, 2-5 medics and civilians who take care of a group of about 1500 "clients" otherwise known as soldiers.

And in most cases I would say, works like a charm. Never had such a short wait time in a hospital in my life.

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Re: Life of a Canadian Forces Medical technician
« Reply #148 on: August 06, 2010, 10:07:16 »
And in most cases I would say, works like a charm. Never had such a short wait time in a hospital in my life.

And by exception, if you are posted to Ottawa you could wait 3 months for an appointment!
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Questions about becoming a Medical Technician
« Reply #149 on: August 31, 2010, 11:07:04 »
Are biology and chemistry credits needed throughout grade 10-12, or is just one grade's worth enough?

And is 20/20 vision required for becoming a Med Tech? (My eyes are 200 degrees nearsighted, so I'm wondering whether I need to get laser correction)