Skip to comments.British officer swaps geology for medicine
Posted on 08/13/2006 8:46:06 AM PDT by SandRat
BASRA AIR STATION A Royal Air Force officer at Basra Air Station in southern Iraq is used to anchoring oil rigs to the ocean floor, but hes spent the last two months patching up soldiers and airmen at this large British base near the Persian Gulf.
Flight. Lt. Paul Andrews switched from a role as troubleshooter on oil rigs to being a military doctor, applying his trade on the front-lines.
He just finished a two-month assignment at a medical center at Basra Air Station, gaining promotion to squadron leader at the same time.
Andrews, who joined the RAF in 1999, said hes always been interested in geology. During his medical school studies at The University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom, he spent holidays working as a freelancer, stabilizing off-shore oil platforms and overseeing undersea construction.
"The PhD was in earthquake assessment. I wanted to work with earthquakes because that's where people are involved big-time with geology," he said.
"I joined the RAF because I wanted to put something back, and as a Christian I believe in positive citizenship and duty. And I met people in the (military) services who impressed me with their approach to life," he said.
Andrews said he has never been bored as a doctor working here. Hes spent every third day in Iraq on 24-hour call for the Incident Response Team, a group of medics who stay ready to treat wounded on short notice.
"It is stressful as you never know what you might get called out to deal with," he said.
He said a nurse and a medic always deploy with the team when responding to a call, but the doctor only goes when someone has suffered a severe injury. A helicopter is always on standby a few yards from the teams operating room. They can be airborne in about 15 minutes, Andrews said.
"But its a long 100 meters when youve got a lot of kit (gear) to carry," said Sgt. Nichola Underwood, an RAF nurse and second-in-command of the IRT.
"Its even harder at night with the poor lighting.
Andrews is also the Aeromedical Evacuation Coordinating officer, the point of contact for all casualties leaving Basra in route to further treatment elsewhere.
He admitted that his work here is a far cry from jetting around the world doing off-shore work.
"Then, I was stopping oil-rigs from falling over and carrying out under-sea construction," said Andrews
How does one go from a Geologist to a Doctor in Medicine?
perhaps he's a dual Degree Graduate?????
It says he went to medical school at The University of Nottingham. It looks from the article that he did that first and then went for a PhD in geology. I don't know how licensing happens in the UK - whether he did or needed to do an internship, residency, etc. - so not sure about his status as a medical doctor. However, he did go to medical school.
"How does one go from a Geologist to a Doctor in Medicine?"
How does one go from not reading the article to reading the article? That's what I wonder. If one reads the article, one doesn't ask questions like this, eh?
The question was rhetorical. I simply meant the two disciplines have little in common.
The other people who responded were kind enough not to be an ass about it.