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    Lifelong Learning for Health Care Professionals(01:39)

    Maj. Walter Jackson, a flight surgeon, discusses the training in critical care and leadership he has received through the Air Force Reserve. The Air Force Reserve welcomes health care professionals and will help pay for continued education.

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Maj. Walter Jackson: I'm Dr. Walter Jackson. I am a major in the Air Force Reserve. I decided to join the Air Force Reserve because I was looking for a way to apply my training as an emergency medicine physician in a different way than my day-to-day activities in the civilian sector. Benefits to me are a few: One is I have an opportunity to serve my country. Secondly, I have an opportunity for leadership and leadership training within my unit. Also, I have the camaraderie with the members in my unit, military benefits in addition to my civilian benefits for retirement. Also, I have an opportunity to work in a different environment than my every day-to-day civilian job. It's a change of pace and a change of work environment.

The Air Force Reserve provided me an opportunity to train as a flight surgeon, as well as to learn critical care medicine. The critical care physician is concerned with maintaining the health and well-being of critically injured patients from the war zone while they're being transported in the aircraft to the destination hospital. In the civilian sector, it's more likely that I would see pediatric patients and geriatric patients. Whereas in the Military, the patients I would see are going to be young, chances are they're going to have combat-related illness or injury. The training that I have received as a flight surgeon critical care physician in the Military affords me combat medicine training that I can apply directly to the care of real-world emergency situations in the civilian sector.