By Gini Sinclair
Apr. 15, 2016
Sometimes creating a different way to do the job isn't as much a result of creativity as it is experience.
"I had an advantage because I knew where to look," said Staff Sgt. William Prescott, Louisville, Kentucky, Medical Recruiting Center.
Prescott is working with the University of Louisville medical school to train pre-med and medical students who are members of medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon.
"We've been working with Sgt. Prescott for two years now," said Audrey Summers, PDE president. "His labs give us an opportunity to learn things even medical students don't do until the third or fourth year. We have a great partnership with him and his colleagues."
Prescott is a former combat medic, and an instructor of pre-hospital trauma life support, resuscitative medicine, and combat medicine. He's been deployed to Afghanistan and worked at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
He said when he started recruiting in January 2015, he realized there were some missed opportunities.
"No one in my station was involved with the sim (simulation) center at the university or Phi Delta Epsilon," Prescott said. "Having worked at Walter Reed and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, I knew about the organization and that the university would have a sim center."
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His monthly labs draw around 100 students and have netted 11 applicants over the past year.
"I was looking at the military, but I was looking at the Navy," said UL senior Tori Walter, an Army Health Professions Scholarship Program recipient. "Then Sgt. Prescott came to a PDE meeting. He talked about the Army programs and it seemed like the Army was a better fit."
Prescott is working with Army healthcare recruiters, fraternities, and organizations to set up similar programs at universities across the country.