This is the second in a series of articles in which we interview the members of Next Generation Combat Medic (NGCM). See the first article in the series (here), in which we introduced the men who make up the organization, talked about NGCM, and delved into its mission to teach civilians how to save lives in mass shooting events, and any other situation in which victims suffer from uncontrolled bleeding. Our interview continues below.
SOFREP: As a combat veteran who has transitioned to the civilian medical world, what are the challenges and opportunities you face? How are veterans contributing to civilian medicine?
Dominic Thompson: Although I have not transitioned from active duty to civilian life, I’ve seen several friends who have done that transition be very successful and some not so much. Some of the contributing factors that I’ve personally experienced with friends transitioning was that they weren’t fully prepared when the time came. I have also seen it were they did have all the right tools to make the transition, however, they weren’t mentally prepared for such a change when it came to daily structure of the civilian sector.
Veterans contribute to civilian medicine all the time. Myself and five others run the largest pre-hospital Free Online Access to Medical Education (FOAMed) platform on social media. We discuss everything from up-and-coming changes to military medicine, disease and non-battle injuries (DNBI), and trauma scenarios and case studies that a medic may see while in an austere environment. Many of our followers are in the civilian population that provide a significant amount of feedback and insight to our community of 35,000-plus followers.