Q. “I have never taken a medical-type class. Will this one be over my head?”
A. The Austere Medic course is designed for people with little to no previous medical training. Medical jargon and terminology is absent from the course, which is paced to meet the needs of motivated adult learners.

Q. “Twenty hours isn’t a lot. How much can I learn in that amount of time?”
A. Twenty hours is not a lot of time. But by using the time wisely and being very selective in the information covered, those hours are maximized to allow us to lay a good foundation for austere medical care..

Q. ” So, after this course I’ll be able to say ‘Goodbye’ to the doctor forever, right?”
A. No. This course will enable you to have some skills and knowledge in the event of a calamity, or medical emergency far away from medical care. It is in absolutely no way intended to replace care by competent medical professionals.

Q. “What should I bring to the course?”
A. The class time is roughly 50% hands-on practice and 50% multimedia instruction. You should bring a notebook, pens/pencils, and comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that you do not mind getting stained or dirty. The most important item to bring to the class is a motivation to learn!

Q. “How many other students will be there?”
A. The class limit is 10 students. This allows great instructor and participant interaction, and ensures every student maximizes use of the time allotted.

Q. “What about meals during the class?”
A. We’ll take a 30 min. break at lunchtime. If you brought lunch, that’s great. If you’d like to leave the classroom area, that’s fine, too. Most likely there will be a chance to “order in” from a sandwich shop. Since time is limited, we’ll take just 30 minutes for the mid-day meal break, and resume learning promptly.

Q. “I’m an EMT. Will the class just rehash things I already know?”
A. While there is some commonality in portions of the course content, such as assessing vital signs and basic anatomy, the majority of information will be different in scope than the knowledge base of an EMT. RNs and physicians would likely see only occasional segments of previously unrecognized skills, since the course is designed for the medically untrained.


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