Military Medicine

May 6th, 2009 12:27 PM GMT-05:00
From the April 2009 Issue of EMS Magazine

An interview with Col. Patricia R. Hastings, MD
Col. Patricia R. Hastings has had a long and diverse career as a healthcare provider. After graduating Iowa Methodist School of Nursing and Drake University in Des Moines, she worked as a paramedic and registered nurse, then entered the Army in 1983 after completing medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science in Des Moines. Dr. Hastings completed her residency in emergency medicine at Fort Hood, TX, in 1986 and completed follow-on assignments as chief of the emergency departments at the 98th General Hospital at Nuremberg, West Germany, and Darnell Army Hospital. She was selected for a disaster medicine fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA, and received an MPH degree at the University of Washington.

Upon completion of the fellowship, Col. Hastings served as chief of Madigan’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). She responded with the FEMA Puget Sound Urban Search and Rescue Team to the Northridge, CA, earthquake, Oklahoma City bombing and the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. While on this assignment, Colonel Hastings was also medical director for the Pierce County (WA) American Red Cross and Tacoma Community College’s paramedic program.

Colonel Hastings was deputy commander of clinical services at Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, KS, where she was responsible for medical services at the Army’s first Warfighting Training Center. She served as director of the Department of Combat Medic Training, which trains more than 8,000 soldier medics a year. She is currently director of the U.S. Army’s Emergency Medical Services division, which is responsible for more than 59,000 medics on Army posts throughout the world.


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