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Dr. Jim Czarnik: Ranger Paratrooper Physician Delivering Battlefield Care Under Fire

Dr. Czarnik is a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician and serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Surgeon of US Army Special Operations Command

In this episode hear about what military operational medicine physicians do and about the Ranger’s combat jump into Afghanistan after 9/11 as well as providing care under fire in austere locations with special operations units. He uses these anecdotes to weave a thread of lessons learned including the importance of “training as you fight” and checking your ego at the door (It’s not about you, it’s about the mission). He brings you some true behind the scenes glimpses about what it’s like to be an Emergency Medicine physician specializing in operational medicine and providing care to the Special Operations community.

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