PRIMUS being cut?

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by Primate, Dec 17, 2003.

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  1. Primate

    Primate Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 13, 2003
    Just talked to a recruiter who mentioned that PRIMUS units are going to be eliminated. Anyone know if this is true? It'd be a shame.....

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  3. iwakuni_doc

    iwakuni_doc Emergency-a-Go-Go 7+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2003

    I've attached an exerpt from the Naval Reserve Medical Department Guide, Oct. 2003, that explains what's happened with PRIMUS. If you want the whole guide I can e-mail it to you - it's too big to attach here.

    PRIMUS. The following changes to the Physician Reservists In Medical Universities (PRIMUS) Program became effective 01 October 2003. The Commander, Naval Reserve Force, with BUMED M-10 concurrence, has cancelled the PRIMUS Program Instruction. Since the inception of the PRIMUS Program over twenty years ago, many aspects of the Naval Reserve have changed. A working group comprised of COMNAVRESFOR N1, BUMED M10, M09B-MC, and the Naval Reserve Recruiting Command met to redesign a program to better suit the medical manpower needs of the Navy as well as to respond to the needs of medical providers, professionals and paraprofessionals. The need to redesign PRIMUS was accentuated by the REFLEX Instruction (COMNAVRESFORINST 1570.9D) that allows up to 40 of 48 drills a year to be approved for training and contributory support away from the Reserve Center. CME can account for 20 out of the 40 drills. This flexibility for drilling medical Reservists allows busy practitioners the ability to maintain their SELRES status without undue hardship. The following 2 programs supplement the REFLEX instruction.

    1. Medical In-Training Option (MITO) Program. The new program for residents and students is called the Medical In-Training Program (MITO). The MIP billets will be attached to a Naval Reserve Activity (NRA)- also known as a Reserve Center. The billet will be cross-assigned to a Commanding Officer of a Program 32 unit and whenever possible, a Professional School Liaison Officer will be assigned as a mentor to the trainee. The drilling flexibility allows for the use of conferences that are part of the training program and CME to count as drill credit. Accumulating 4 hours of conference and/or drill credit equals 1 drill period. This is reported on an Individual Monthly Drill Performance form (NAVRES 1570/16). There are 4 drill periods to each weekend drill which means an individual must accumulate 16 hours of conference and/or drill time each month to equal the 2 days a month that a drilling Reservist executes. A minimum of 4 hours must be turned in for drill credit. No partial credit is given for less than 4 hours. Trainees will still be required to drill twice annually with their unit to meet the administrative and PRT requirements. All residents will be able to participate in the Medical In-Training Program until the completion of residency training. The projected billet rotation date (PRD-date individual must have another billet assignment) will cover the entire time of residency. Members of this program will not be considered for mobilization and waivers will be available for those who cannot perform an AT.
    Following training there will be several options for drilling. Assignment to a Program 32 Unit with the flexibility of the REFLEX instruction (COMNAVRESFORINST 1570.9D allowing drill credit for collateral duties and CME). Opportunities exist on the operational side of Naval Medicine in a Fleet Hospital (Program 46), in a Marine Unit (Program 9), or with the Seabees (Program 7). The Priority Medical Specialists Program may also be an option (see below).

    2. Priority Medical Specialists Option (PMSO). The Priority Medical Specialists Program (PMSP) allows drilling as little as twice annually to remain a SELRES and hold a billet. However, the rules for qualifying for a good year toward retirement (50 points) would still apply. Reservists are assigned to a Program 32 Unit (Naval Reserve Hospital Unit). Each year a list of eligible specialties will be published and those eligible will be assigned to a unit and have a 2 or 3 years PRD. As in any medical unit, the use of REFLEX drilling (up to 40 out of 48 drills/year) or CME (up to 20 paid drills/year) is encouraged with prior approval from the unit CO (COMNAVRESFORINST 1001.5D). The CO of the unit and the Reservist should have a close working relationship that maximizes the needs of the Navy and the Reservist. Faculty members with Naval experience can apply for the Professional School Liaison Officer (PSLO) program through their Reserve Affairs Officer.

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