It is one of the SOF truths, that “most special operations require non-SOF support”, so it shouldn’t catch you by surprise that subject matter experts (SMEs) willing to repetitively offer some kind of training are surely welcome in the SOF medical community. There is a lot to be done – just don’t ask for the money, don’t try to steal the limelight nor play the first violin, and you are up for the most gratifying experience of your educational career.
In case you were hoping for a long bio with all the details about who I am, I have to “disappoint” you… You can surely hear in my podcasts that I wasn’t born on the Western side of the Big Pond, but those Dudes who landed in Normandy weren’t born there either! 😉 Just know that I have what it takes to do what I do, and those who need to know who I am, are surely aware. In the end it’s not about me. It’s about the SOF Medics, their mission and whatever I can do to support it, while striving to live by the same rules they do… In this community humility goes a long way, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is an honor and a privilege to serve your special crowd! It is my way of saying “thank you”, and saluting your efforts!
Last but certainly not least, please know that none of this would have been possible without Bill V’s mentorship on SOF-everything. Thanks to Bill I started this incredible journey of a SOF medical educator, and ever since I’ve walked the path of your wisdom and experience which you have graciously shared with me in class.
P.S. I don’t represent any government authorities. I am just a grateful ER doc whose heart is in the right place… All white and red, with a genuine touch of blue! Now that must be a “Polish thing” to push for imaging technology in close support of the military operations… During World War I, Maria Słodowska-Curie (a Noble Prize winner from Poland), brought mobile x-ray units to support the battlefield hospitals. So it should come as no surprise, that 100 years later yet another Polish woman 🙂 became passionate about POCUS in special operations medicine.