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    The Diving Doctor(02:49)

    Dr. Joshua Nassiri, a surgeon in the Navy, attends dive school and discusses what's unique about being a surgeon in the Military. Dive school is a six-month advanced training program that will help Nassiri treat divers and participate in rescue missions if necessary.

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Lt. Joshua Nasiri: Civilization has always depended upon water.  I like the idea of being weightless in the water; I like the idea of being in an environment that is so fundamental to mankind.  To interact with that medium in such an intimate way I think is exciting.

Male Speaker: All right, we’re going to be helping Dr. Ferrara with the procedure today.  I’m going to introduce myself, so the first time you see me isn’t with the mask on, OK.  

Female Speaker: Thank you.

Lt. Joshua Nasiri: My father immigrated to the United States from Tehran.  He left Iran to try and make his own way in the world.  The one place that he knew where you could go was the United States.  When I was growing up, he taught myself and my brother that there exists a place in the world where if you come with the right attitude, and willing to work, that this was a special place.  

So why the Navy after Harvard?  I think it’s really the other way around for me.  I joined the Navy first.

I always had an interest in medicine, I always had an interest in healthcare, and that interest grew as I went to the Navy, but so too did my interest in flying planes or driving ships and submarines.  And I think that Navy medicine was a nice way to combine both of those interests.

You know, you could do the Navy for 20 years and then still do a monotonous civilian career. (laughs)

As much as we talk about how different Navy medicine is from civilian medicine, it’s also surprising how similar it is.  We have some very sub-specialized providers.  We have interventional radiologists, we have neuroradiologists, we have endocrinologists, and rheumatologists, infectious disease specialists.  So everything you would think would be there, like infectious disease, but some things you wouldn’t like, you know, pediatric orthopedics.  I mean, there’s no children, but we have that because we need to be able to serve our dependents.  

In July I go to dive school, and so for six months, I’ll be training in Navy Diving.  I’ll be trained how to take care of divers, diving injuries, unique needs of submariners.  And there’s no place else that you could do that.  

In the diving arena, it’s just you.  It’s you and a tank.  A proper dive is always preceded by a proper preparation.  There are those panicky moments when you don’t know what’s going to happen, and you have to trust your training, and trust your knowledge.  And you just get through to the other side.

My name is Joshua Nasiri, Lieutenant Medical Corp, United States Navy.