Training Program Helps Military Medics Find U.S. Healthcare Jobs

Posted January 15, 2016 at 6:00am

The Atlantic reports that “the U.S. military veteran Dave Manning served two combat deployments in Iraq and was the sole medical provider for more than 100 people on a Navy ship. But as he contemplated his post-military job prospects, he struggled.”  

“’Nothing I’ve done really translates over [to civilian jobs] beyond basic EMT,’ said Manning, who served 15 years in the Navy and five more in the Army. ‘Trying to find something in the medical field without any credentials, without any licensure is tough. There’s nothing out there.’”  

“Manning is in the inaugural class of a physician-assistant training program  launched this month by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and geared at recruiting nontraditional students—specifically, veterans—as the country seeks to improve health care by expanding the number of primary-care providers. UNC staff worked with Army officials at Fort Bragg  to figure out how to translate troops’ medical experience into jobs.”