To All of My Past Students
After over 20 years of working in the field of, and teaching Diving Medicine and Diver Medics, I am retiring. I will no longer be conducting courses for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) or the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT).
Over these past 2 decades it has been my privilege and pleasure to have passed along the knowledge I have gained in this field, and emergency medicine, while working with the doctors of our clinic and hyperbaric chamber.
I was very pleased that I was able to provide all of you with the experience of examining and treating actual cases of all types of Decompression Sickness patients; something you probably would never have experienced except by attending our Diver Medic program. For me, this was the "silver lining" of a very dark cloud. I will however continue my work with Cornerstone Medical Services and Anthony's Key Resort, treating the countless number of Miskito Indian lobster divers that present at our facility.
The reasons for this decision are many. And it was a difficult one for me. This has been a major part of my life and truly a passion. Ultimately, I made this decision on my own.
As you all know, I also teach Emergency Medical Services at Milwaukee Area Technical College here at home. This too is slowly coming to an end. I have a few semesters left and I will submit my notice to the school.
During my tenure, I have had the honor to get to know all of you. I have met some amazing people over the years and I will never forget you or the experiences we enjoyed together. I thank each and every one of you for the support of my program and the humanitarian mission that it represented.
May you all be safe. May God watch over you and bless you and your loved ones.
Commander Ronald L. Ellerman - Signing Off.
Left to Right: Ron, Steven (the Mikito Indian I cared for during a vacation trip that threw me headfirst into the world of Diving Medicine) and a very young, Dr. Raphael Diaz.
This picture was taken in 1997 in our original 20' x 20' clinic and chamber building.
Ready to go; Superlite 17A / Gates Pro/Am and, of course, the DESCO Mark V, Mod 1 made in Milwaukee.