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Do med techs complete SQ?
« Reply #50 on: July 24, 2008, 13:26:25 »
 The PDF file for this trade on the forces website says you go to military occupational training after BMQ, but then on another site it says that you go this after SQ. So, do medics receive SQ training?

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Re: Do med techs complete SQ?
« Reply #51 on: July 24, 2008, 14:29:09 »
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Re: Do med techs complete SQ?
« Reply #53 on: July 24, 2008, 14:50:09 »
Your SQ may be before or after your QL3 trades training. All depends on when QL3 courses are scheduled to begin and if they can course load you prior to that. If the dates don't jive, you will probably be loaded on QL3, sent to your unit after that and it will become your units responsibility to have you course loaded on an SQ course in Gagetown, Meaford, etc.


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I am a bit confused as to why this is suggested. I am getting a ton of mixed information pertaining to the med-tech career field and it is getting rather hard to sort through the varied opinions.

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I am not sure I understand your question.. "enter with PCP training?" Can you please clarify what it is you are looking for?

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He is asking why it is suggested that Medtechs perhaps enter the trade with previous paramedic training.

My guess would be that being a qualified paramedic would give you an edge, but really previous experince or not, it's no doubt not an easy trade, as someone who is PCP qualified, I would imagine much like going to school for paramedics it's high stress, but worth while.
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I understand that, I guess I should have clarified myself. What I am wondering is where he got his info that it is suggested Med Techs enter the trade with previous paramedic training. From experience, most med techs are entering with little/no experience. Even those that are current PCP paramedics have to complete the Clinical portion of the Med Tech training, as it is not the same as the PCP training. On my Clinical portion of my QL3's we had one individual that was a licensed PCP paramedic (for about 2 years) and he honestly had no advantage over any of us on the course who had no prior training. (other than the small background of A&P knowdlege which was probably a good foundation) The skills we learned in the clinical portion are quite different than those that I am learning in my PCP program currently.

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Re: Do med techs complete SQ?
« Reply #58 on: July 24, 2008, 23:20:22 »
Most Med Techs on my course, and on the course behind me managed to get their SQ done before being loaded on their QL3's. The majority of us had a 3-6 month wait in Borden before our Clinical portion of our QL3's, so we were sent to Meaford/Gagetown/Shilo for our SQ. Those that haven't had a chance to complete this course yet have been told we'll be doing it once we get posted to our unit.

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If anything personally I would rather go in with no previous knowledge. Not too sure where he is getting his knowledge, but previous experince or not like I said its a demanding job, both sides of the fence. Personally I wouldn't want to redo any of my paramedic courses once was enough for this girl.


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Where he most likely got the info from is from the PRes side of the house.

We want members who have EMR or PCP background so that they will be able to deploy quicker if it came to it, along with their RegF counterparts as dismounted MedTechs if the opportunities arose. Not to mention a PCP qual'd PRes MedTech is QL3 qual'd once they receive their QL3-Med R and PRes QL4, once again making them way more employable and better suited to do things that non-PCP PRes MedTechs can do.

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Thanks Med Tech. That definitely makes sense.

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Thanks Med Tech. That definitely makes sense.

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Re: Do med techs complete SQ?
« Reply #63 on: July 25, 2008, 01:33:55 »
A friend of mine was tasked to Meaford a couple of years ago teaching a Reg SQ, and the top candidate was actually an Airforce Med Tech.
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Medical Technician (Med Tech) Questions
« Reply #64 on: August 08, 2008, 03:09:57 »
Okay so hey everyone, I'm super committed to going to into the forces NCM, ft as a med tech! But I have a few questions before obviously gettin er' done and joining. So I guess my biggest question and the most important one that I have is do Medical Techs get to go overseas to help the people who need help most?  :P My second question is about BMQ obviously (c'mon u all knew it was comming) Whats the pay rate/pay scale for private recruits attending the school? (meaning while ur their obvi) Third and last (I promise) questin i have is to all medical techs out there, how is the job? Whats an average day as a med tech? I'm hoping to really make a difference and be committed not only to serve my country and brothers/sisters in arms but to really HELP someone. which is what ive wanted to do all along. thanks get back to me y'all :)    :salute:

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Re: Help plz trade -med tech-+ general questions.
« Reply #65 on: August 08, 2008, 08:45:49 »
All these questions have been asked before.


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NCM-SEP Med Tech Questions
« Reply #66 on: August 15, 2008, 02:42:52 »
:) Hello everyone. Don't know if anyone read my previous post, but if they had they would know that I am very very interested in going into the forces as a Med Tech. Today searching the Forces.Ca site I seen as an entry plan the NCM-SEP program and my trade was listed. So obviously being really interested I was reading the PDF provided link on the site and they obviously pay for your schooling for that trade, HOWEVER (and here's my question) as far as I know there is no program in Ontario were I reside or other that has a Medical Technician College program. So would the equilivant then be a two year Paramed program? Also a question to anyone who went through the NCM-SEP entry program, Is it hard to get into (competitive etc?) Also now that you finished your education leading into the forces does that mean anything in terms of pay or rank? Thanks for your time guys/gals. :)

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Re: NCM-SEP Med Tech Questions
« Reply #67 on: August 15, 2008, 02:52:47 »
That's  a good question. I wonder if they pay for your ACP, or is it only your PCP  ???

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Re: NCM-SEP Med Tech Questions
« Reply #68 on: August 15, 2008, 03:07:30 »
^^ dang whats ACP or PCP?  ???

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Re: NCM-SEP Med Tech Questions
« Reply #69 on: August 15, 2008, 04:05:29 »
A PCP (Primary Care Paramedic) (aka EMT-A/EMT-I) is an intermediate level EMS provider. They have training in basic emergency care skills, including automated external defibrillator, use of airway adjuncts, and assisting patients with certain medications, but they also have additional training in specific advanced life support skills such as intravenous (IV) therapy and cardiac monitoring. There scope of practice (in general) includes:

-assess the extent of injuries or illness to determine medical treatment
-comfort and reassure patients
-obtain the patient's medical history, if possible
-perform and interpret diagnostic procedures such as taking vital signs and testing glucose levels
-administer pre-hospital emergency care including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), oxygen, bandaging, splinting, and assisting in childbirth and the treatment of trauma patients
-use a semi-automatic or automatic external defibrillator or bag valve mask resuscitator
-use basic airway management techniques
-transport patients to hospital or other medical facilities for further care
-document and record the nature of injuries and treatment provided
-assist hospital personnel as required
-maintain ambulances, equipment and supplies.
-use spinal immobilization devices and traction splints
-maintain intravenous infusions without medications or blood products
-perform cardiac monitoring
-administer specified medications
-supervise and train staff members and students
-assist paramedics (where there are combined services).

A ACP (Advanced Care Paramedic) (aka Paramedic/EMT-P) is an advanced level EMS provider. They do all of the above plus have extensive training in advanced life support, including pharmacology, cardiac monitoring, and other advanced assessment and treatment skills. In addition to the above there scope of practice (in general) includes:

-maintain airways with intubation and surgical airways
-provide manual cardiac defibrillation and external pacing
-monitor and maintain blood and blood product transfusions
-provide wound management
-insert urinary catheters
-operate sophisticated equipment in advanced life-support ambulances, medevac aircraft or other advanced life-support environments
-administer medications for the treatment of medical conditions and management of acute pain
-initiate and maintain intraosseous infusions.

The average time to become a PCP is one year. For an ACP its an addition two years ontop of your PCP training. This is from Alberta but I pretty sure Ontario works the same way give or take. Plus you needs you EMR (or FMR: whatever you guys call it down there) before you can take your PCP. That course is usually 2-4 weeks.

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Re: NCM-SEP Med Tech Questions
« Reply #70 on: August 15, 2008, 06:55:13 »
The NCM SEP program has recently listed some new colleges that are acceptable, the web page isn't always totally accurate. I strongly advise you get to your nearest CFRC and ask about them. The NCMSEP occupations are Open Selection List (OSL) meaning the Production / Selection Officer at the centre can select and offer you a job.

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Re: Help plz trade -med tech-+ general questions.
« Reply #71 on: August 15, 2008, 07:14:35 »
:) Hello everyone. Don't know if anyone read my previous post, .........



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Re: Help plz trade -med tech-+ general questions.
« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2008, 13:56:11 »
^^ it was different questions about med techs.

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Re: Help plz trade -med tech-+ general questions.
« Reply #73 on: August 15, 2008, 14:04:03 »
What is the story with "^^"?
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Re: Help plz trade -med tech-+ general questions.
« Reply #74 on: August 15, 2008, 14:49:18 »
^^ means I am replying to the direct above post. It is easier, and takes up less space than a quote function.

He is right. He was asking two separate questions in each post. The first post is easily done by a couple of different searches. The second not so easily.

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