By Katie Lange
Defense Media Activity
Some of the U.S. military’s most incredible service members aren’t always the ones you see with guns, in planes or working on counter-extremist strategy at the Pentagon.
A lot of them play a more hidden role – one that’s just as important to their fellow service members and the civilians that are lucky enough to learn from them.
In the medical world, Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) John Bini is like the equivalent of a U.S. Special Forces soldier. He currently works as an elite surgeon at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio, where he’s sharing his battlefield knowledge with civilian counterparts. His skills are really making some of the medical students training under him think about a future in the military.
“One of my first nights working with him, we had a patient come in who had been stabbed in the chest,” said Wright State University medical student Julie Whitis, a surgeon in training. “I watched as Dr. Bini cut open his chest and massaged his heart back to life. The patient actually ended up surviving, which is remarkable.”
“I asked him later, I said, ‘How do you get good at that? How do you practice that, because the procedure is so rare. How do you ever feel comfortable doing that?’” Whitis said.
For Bini, it was all about his military experience.
“I’ve deployed three times during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Patients came in with terrible injuries that were a combination of blunt, penetrating and thermal [trauma], and sometimes they had chemical contamination on them,” Bini explained. “So, you really had to be on your game in order to take care of these patients.”
Whitis has been so impressed by Bini’s skills and knowledge that she’s now considering getting an officer commission to reach his level. Once she successfully becomes a trauma surgeon, that is – she’s still got a good bit of training to go.
Imagine being so passionate about your profession that you would join the frontlines to receive one-of-a-kind training to make you even more proficient in your field. That's what one medical school student is considering after seeing how valuable time in service has been for United States Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) John Bini.
Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
“I’ve done some work in Africa and Central America, and I’ve worked with the military a little bit in the past on some humanitarian missions. I love the way they handle logistics and communications and security, and they can do a lot of good,” she said.
Best of luck to her, no matter what she chooses!
If you’re considering taking your medical skills to a higher level by getting a military commission, contact a recruiting officer for any of the services in which you’re interested.
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