I am PQ (physically qualified)! Just one more thing to do before deployment: they want me to attend a two day training on medical evacuation. The course is taught in Hawaii and I live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. I'll fly on a Monday from the east coast of the US to Hawaii and fly back Wednesday night. Talk about your "Road Warrior".
Well, its all done now. I've submitted my 23 pages of health history, physical examinations, dental history, dental examinations, bitewing x-rays, full-mouth x-ray (Panorex), laboratory tests, EKG, and exercise treadmill stress test. I sent in my travel and deployment forms, bought my 100% UV filtering sunglasses, and completed forms listing my hat, jacket, and glove size. I've submitted payroll information, including direct deposit instructions and the ever-requested voided check. Phew!
I think that does it, at least for now. Now, I wait to hear if I am PQ (physically qualified).
In the meantime, there is likely going to be a course on medical evacuation from Antarctica (medevac) that I will be asked to attend. It should be in late August. Until then, I guess I just sit tight and wait.
I just read a coffee table-sized book Briana gave me on Antarctica. It is filled with gorgeous photos along with interesting description of the geography, weather, plant life, and animal life.
I completed a six month sabbatical to Antarctica that started in September 2008 and concluded in February 2009. During that time I was a physician serving at McMurdo Station, part of the United States Antarctica Program. I was fortunate to spend eleven days at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station during this tour of duty.
Following Antarctica I embarked on an entirely different experience. In June 2009 I moved to Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Papua New Guinea. There I served as the Chief Medical Officer at the US Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site. That contract completed November 6, 2010.
It is now time for me to return to my ob/gyn roots and settle down again. Numerous practice opportunities are available and I am carefully assessing them.