U.S. Air Force: Capt Tiffany Winston, Emergency Medicine PhysicianTony wyaad November 9, 2019 10 Comments
I have a symbiotic relationship with the
Air Force. They were able to provide me with the medical training I needed to
become an Emergency Medicine Physician and achieve my goals. And in turn, I serve
them and the military members. I’m an Emergency Medicine Physician here at
Langley Emergency Department. Emergency medicine falls under a primary care
specialty so we have a broad knowledge of medicine. We are sometimes under time constraints, we don’t have as much information, so we have to be able to
assess the patient and then quickly evaluate them and stabilize them. I can take care of things as minor as a cold or a cut, to big things such as a heart attack or those that are injured out in theater.
My job and my overall goal is to take care, evaluate, treat the service members
that are out there sacrificing and serving us, so that they can get back to
their job and complete the mission. To be an Emergency Medicine Physician you go to four years of medical school
and then you do three years of residency training. So I was introduced to the
military through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. I was at a pre-medical society meeting and a recruiter came and informed us about the program, which peaked my interest knowing that I could have a way to pay for school. And I
decided that it would be a great opportunity to help me achieve my goals.
I grew up in a single family home, my mother was actually diagnosed with HIV
when she was pregnant with me, so growing up with her, I was actually taking care
of her a little bit more and I had to take care of myself as a child just kind
of doing homework, getting to school. And I think all that has kind of led me to
where I am today–it’s kind of give me to drive, the perseverance, the
determination to achieve my goals.