Bryce Dryden is a former medic from 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, who is heading out to the jungles of Burma to teach trauma medicine. He is working with Earth Mission Asia, a non-profit that has worked in the area for years, striving to build healthcare infrastructure among the Karen people in eastern Burma/Myanmar.

There is a dire need for all sorts of healthcare in rural Burma. Once you start to leave the cities and large towns, infant mortality rates skyrocket, preventable deaths from things like diarrhea and malaria increase, and of course deaths and crippling injuries from trauma are far more common. A small cut from a shard of bamboo could get infected and kill someone if they don’t have the knowledge and skills to treat it. Add to that the fact that you could reasonably suggest that most Karen people — at one point or another in their lives — will see several traumatic, life-threatening injuries occur right before them … a little training can go a long way.

They call this the “jungle ambulance” where they carry patients for days to get even the most basic treatments.

Bryce was a special operations medic, serving eight years in the Army. He deployed to Afghanistan twice and has worked for both the 75th Ranger Regiment and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). After his exit from the military, he became a civilian instructor at the Special Operations Combat Medic course (SOCM). Needless to say, his experience in both the field and the classroom will prove invaluable to those who are seeking to practice trauma medicine out in some of the most rural and dangerous parts of the world.

SOFREP spoke to Bryce, and asked him why he is choosing to make this trip to teach trauma medicine in such a distant and remote place.