Been a lurker, now a participant

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Dan1966, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Dan1966

    Dan1966 Survival Doc

    I have been somewhat of a closet prepper for a while and now I feel that I am ready to be an active participant in the wider community. I am a physician specializing in nutrition and fitness. Practiced general and vascular surgery for 10 years but found my interest pulled more toward disease prevention and health optimization. Learning a lot from these forums and hope I can contribute from my medical expertise as well. I have also had training as a wilderness first responder.
  2. ajsmith

    ajsmith Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum :wave:

  3. Sourdough

    Sourdough ExCommunicated

    Hello & Welcome........:wave::wave:
  4. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Welcome to the forum! Glad to have you with us!

    Your medical and wilderness first aid training are awesome skills to have.

  5. crazychickenlady

    crazychickenlady Well-Known Member

    Awesome! I'm really happy to hear from a doctor who is interested in prevention rather than pills! ;) They have their place of course, but it seems that many doctors don't look into the root cause of an illness.

    Ok, thread drifting alert...
    I have a question for you, Dan. My 15 year old son is pretty determined that when he is finished with college he wants to work in humanitarian aid. I think that his idea is to go to areas where people need help after disasters. But I don't think he is certain about what type of relief he will be providing, yet.

    I have talked to him about what type of skills he will need for this career path. They include: first aid/medical training, survival skills, foreign languages, self defense, mental health and traumatic/ stress awareness, and basic physical strength training.

    My questions for you - where did you go to train as a wilderness first responder? Do you have any advice for a young person who wants to train to be a humanitarian aid provider? Or any other skills that I haven't thought of that he should work on?

    Thanks for any advice you can give!
  6. goshengirl

    goshengirl Supporting Member

    Wow, you have a great perspective to offer. Welcome to the forum! :wave:
  7. Dan1966

    Dan1966 Survival Doc


    The best option that I have come across is the Wilderness Medicine Institute - associated with NOLS. They offer a 3 week intensive EMT track that can be followed up by a one wilderness medicine course. They lead many medical humanitarian trips and they train you well.
  8. crazychickenlady

    crazychickenlady Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info...I will look into it. I am assuming that it would be something for when he gets older, though.

    Welcome to the forum!
  9. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

    Welcome, please share your knowledge with us.
  10. MrsSellaneous

    MrsSellaneous Shelf Reliance

    Welcome- good to have a doctor in the house!
  11. drifter0069

    drifter0069 Member

    welcome to the forum!!