One physician's experience of providing medical care in Antarctica and on a South Pacific Island
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Last Hurdle Cleared.
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".
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.