Academy of Emergency Medicine is a volunteer-based organization. We offer volunteer opportunities for experienced nurses, paramedics and doctors from all over the globe.
Scroll down to read more about their personal experiences and motivation to volunteer with AEM.
Name: Katrine Country: Norway Education level: Medical Doctor, TCCC
"I wanted to use my education and combat casualty
care training to treat injured civilians and soldiers in a war zone. Through
AEM I got to help wounded people who really needed emergency medical care. The
cooperation with the locals was good and I will go back to do more volunteer
work through AEM as soon as I can."
Name: Austin Country: USA Education level: EMT-B, TCCC
"I am currently a volunteer medic for the Academy of Emergency Medicine on the frontlines in Mosul. I am a former Marine Corps rifleman. I served in Helmand Province Afghanistan as a scout with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine division. After hearing about the Academy of Emergency Medicine, I knew I needed to get involved."
Name: Adrian Country: Slovakia Education level: EMT-P
"Volunteering with AEM gave me the opportunity to work with great people from all over the world. My motivation was to help people who got harmed by ISIS. Working as a Paramedic at EMS in Solvakia and my Law Enforcement background gave me a good foundation for what I have faced in the warzone in Iraq. I am looking forward to join AEM in the future again."
Name: Max Country: Norway Education level: Nurse, TCCC
''I have volunteered as a Nurse with AEM in both eastern- and western Mosul. Through my work with AEM in Mosul I have been able to help people in desperate need of medical help, in areas where none or few other organisations are working. The close cooperation AEM's international team have with the Iraqi security forces gave us the opportunity to assist and teach them while working and living together on the frontline. Through this I have learned valuable medical skills, but also gained unique cultural experiences and close friendship with the Iraqi special forces and their medics.''
Name: Emil Country: Sweden Education level: EMT-B, TCCC
''My name is Emil and I joined AEM because I wanted to make a difference. The work we have been doing in Mosul makes a big difference for the wounded civilians and soldiers. That is a big motivation for me to carry on with our work in the region. I am born and raised in Sweden. After high school I joined the Swedish armed forces and became a combat medic.''
Name: Gabriel Country: USA Education level: EMT-B, TCCC
''I volunteer internationally as a combat medic on most occasions, and this is how I ended up on Mosul, Iraq on January 2017. I served in the United States Army from 2001 to 2009, 6 years as an Infantryman, a Combat lifesaver, and on-call Combat Medic, including an 18 month deployment to Baghdad. The remaining 2 years of my enlistment was spent as an instructor in combat tactics, combat medicine, as well as prison tactics, and Survival Escape Evasion Resistance training.''
''After leaving the Army, I immediately knew my calling was to help others where most medical professionals do not wish to go, this is why Academy of Emergency Medicine was up my alley when asked to work in Mosul. AEM is comprised of amazing type A medics with courage, and little need for comfort- the only sort you need for this job.''
Name: Wil Country: USA Education level: Nurse, TCCC
Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. Served in Iraq with the
82nd. After discharge got into medicine worked critical care,
prehospital, flight, contracted overseas as a combat medic and currently
work in a level 2 trauma hospital doing Anesthesia.''
''Some causes are much larger than life. To work with other like minded individuals with a common goal of
helping the oppressed and saving life without any monetary compensation
is truly an honor and humbling experience. There is no other higher
calling in life!''
Name: Josh Country: USA
Education level: EMT-P, TCCC
''I've worked EMS in the US for the past 17 years, with 7 and a half of those being as a flight paramedic in the San Antonio, Texas area. When I saw what Academy of Emergency Medicine was doing to help the soldiers and civilians in Mosul, I knew I had to help. I spent the first two weeks of this year working with AEM in Mosul. They are one of the most professional group's I have had the privilege to work with. While there with them I had the opportunity to treat over 200 patients (Iraqi soldiers and civilians). I cannot wait until I have the opportunity to return.''
Name: Simon Country: United Kingdom Education level: EMT-B, TCCC
"As a volunteer with AEM I have found the medical work to be challenging and interesting and in Mosul the environment itself and the sheer number of casualties have presented problems I have not faced elsewhere. I have gained knowledge, friends and experience whilst working for AEM and would not have changed a thing. I am looking forward to working with AEM again in the future and would recommend them to anyone contemplating working in this field."
Name: Ola Country: Norway Education level: Student of Medicine
"Volunteering with AEM in Mosul was an incredibly rewarding experience in the sense that I could work with a great team and help provide emergency medicine to the civilians when they needed it the most. AEM and its team members willingness to work in the forward areas where the larger aid-organizations are not able or willing to be, truly show their importance and something that I'm honored to be a part of."
Name: Nik Country: USA Education level: EMT-B
"Serving with the Academy of Emergency Medicine (AEM) in Iraq was by far the most valuable experience of my life. As the youngest EMT on our team with the least amount of war-zone or medical experience, I absorbed a lot from my fellow AEM medics and was able to assist with life-saving operations in Mosul. I am beyond grateful to the team for bringing me on-board. I'm hoping to pursue more medical certifications over the summer so that I can be a greater asset to AEM and the citizens of Iraq in the future."