Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by USN16x, Jan 12, 2019.
I doubt it gets to 1700 but with the number of civilians and contractors doing Corpsmen and Medic jobs in MTFs, it’s no wonder some bean counter determined the medical billets could be transferred to big Army, Navy, and AirForce. In the late 80s Navy Medicine played around with associate degree nurses filling warrant officer billets. It didn’t work out so an effort to make Independent Duty Corpsmen warrant officers emerged. The old time E-9 mafia didn’t want to trade starred anchors for a skinny bar so it was shot down. Physician Assistants were transitioning to the Medical Service Corps and the warrant billets were absorbed by Big Navy, thus leaving Navy Corpsmen with no path to warrant officer.
Hospital Corpsman is the largest rating in the Navy with around 30,000 Sailors in the Hospital Corps, the only enlisted Corps in the USN. Losing 60o or so HMs will probably not be a big deal in the big picture.
I think the numbers were 17,000 total and nearly 6000 from the Navy according to the article.
I don’t understand how cutting staff will lead to better patient outcomes and more experience for providers. Speaking for the Army side of the house a lot of docs, nurses, and other healthcare workers are spooked. If this whole DHA take-over is in the name of “ increasing lethality and readiness” maybe we should work on coverting more MTF’s into level 1 trauma centers since there’s only one in the whole DoD...
Yep, my 600 should have been 6000.
Doesn't make much sense. It's already hard enough to schedule a visit.
Well, I guess it does make dollars, just not sense or better care...
I’m living the cuts right now. It’s not that they’re actively cutting medical personnel; once someone leaves the position, they’re not backfilling that person. It’s part of the DHA takeover.
Its all about the money, I am a retired Army Reserve Nurse now working as a civilian contractor at Andrews AFB. DOD claims that there is long term savings by having civilians instead of active military mostly due to benefits and retirement pay; also with Tricare more patients are being sent to civilian hospitals because its cheaper in the long run.
Good Morning. It has to do with what should be done by someone in uniform that equates to military readiness versus what can be done by a civilian--and paid for/recruited/maintained through non-active duty resources.
This is part of the reform of the Military Health System sparked by the NDAA 2017. Not to give myself away, but I would like to see the research that describes the impacts to the ready medical force as well as the overall cost and quality impact to healthcare received by service members, their dependents, and our retirees. The assumption that a civilian (GS or Contractor) is a one to one replacement for a uniformed person with the same skill set has not been well studied. Preliminary results recently published demonstrate a difference in practice behaviors and adherence to clinical practice guidelines--for example, with prescriptions of opioids for low back pain.
Man. I have to tread carefully.
This entire thing is going to be a train wreck, yet very few (to include senior officers), have a clue that it is coming.
Just as an example, with medical waivers, both of admittance to a SA and for commissioning, a civilian doctor with no military back ground will not have a clue about what is involved in military life.
There will be major growing pains for sure. We have town hall meetings every month with new updates. It’s a fun time to be in AMEDD (RIP)
Have you been briefed about the “reverse PROFIS” program? Get ready to be assigned to a CSH for life.
I've a grandson at the Air Force Academy, just finishing his doolie year, who thinks he wants to attend to medical school. While that's still several years in the future, present grades and performance in chemistry and physics indicate he could do so. After reading this thread and the article referenced by the op, do you all believe that the SAs will continue to send 15 - 20 individuals from each class to medical school and what does this portend for physicians serving in the military?
Thank you all in advance for any advice and insights.
With the Medical Commands being dissolved and the DHA take over, there are fewer hospital slots. We still don’t know what the domino effect will be once the dust settles.
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