During my third year of residency in Emergency Medicine a clinical mentor introduced me to an active-duty Special Operations Surgical Team member and my quest to join the military officially began. I wanted to serve alongside the best of the best, but it was difficult to find medical service positions in military special operations units.
My civilian emergency department family truly supported the decision to serve in the military and I am beyond grateful for their grace, patience and understanding.
One of the benefits of joining SOST is our daily clinical exposure to civilian patients. This position is truly the best of both worlds. I am serving the civilian population while ensuring I am also ready at a moment’s notice for the multitude of traumas which may occur down range in the deployed environment.
The Special Operations Surgical Team motto is Quis Illos Bellatores Custodiet, which translates Those Who Care for the Warriors, and for Dr. Ferrara there is no more worthy a calling than utilizing all the training and knowledge gained at VCOM and through residency to bring Americans back home alive from catastrophic injuries.
“There is no greater cause than training to be at my best through physical, tactical and medical excellence to answer our nations call. It is an honor to serve the nation as a United States Air Force Emergency Physician and I am proud to serve as a member of the Special Operations Surgical Teams. VCOM afforded me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a physician, laying the foundation for a versatile, dynamic, ever-rewarding career in medicine.”