Mike Shertz, MD/18D
Practicing Emergency Medicine Physician
Mike Shertz, MD is a board-certified Emergency Physician practicing in one of the busiest emergency departments in Oregon. He serves as a founding member of the Guidelines Committee for the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.
Additionally, Dr. Shertz holds a sub-specialty board certification in Emergency Medical Services and serves as the medical director for a local Fire Department in Oregon, as well as several other private corporations.
He holds a law enforcement commission with the multi-jurisdictional Washington County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Negotiations Team and runs a tactical medic program which is embedded in the TNT team.
US Army Special Forces
He is a former US Army Special Forces Medic (18D) with over ten years experience in that role.
Dr. Shertz’s unique background and credentials also include a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (earned at the Gorgas Course in Peru), as well as a Certification of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers Health.
In the last thirty years, Dr. Shertz has trained thousands of private citizens, first responders in law enforcement, fire, and EMS in casualty management in high risk and tactical environments. Dr. Shertz’s expertise has made him a sought-after instructor in far-flung locations as he has taught soldiers, host-nationals, and physicians in North America, Iraq, Afghanistan, Thailand, Australia, and East Africa.
-Mike Shertz, MD-18D
I commend Crisis Medicine on this outstanding and well-set-out material and for making this material available to people like myself, who want to become more educated and prepared in the event of an emergency. Having skills to help and build the confidence to step up and assist rather than watching in the background and not knowing how to make a difference. In this instance to hugely important members of an operational team like K9's. Specifically, we you have the best Dutch Shepherd on the planet, in our humble opinion!
Thank you for this!
I wanted to thank you for the recent TECC class. The class was of superb educational value to me. The material was presented in a very palatable manner; every slide kept my utmost attention. All the literature reviews added credibility to the practical material. At the same time, I appreciated the criticism of many studies. All of the real-life examples were right on spot and helped to highlight the theory. I liked the fact that this is the material that is constantly updated. For example, the i-Gel that was prominently presented in an online TECC just a few years ago was downgraded in this class.
The frequent shifts between lectures and practical exercises were very helpful in retaining the material.
The scenarios day was excellent. I liked how efficiently condensed the exercises were. Even though everything was on the clock, we had plenty of time to do after-action reports. The instructors were very experienced in the material and teaching.
You definitely own every aspect of the material that you present. It absolutely looks like a constantly evolving product of your lifework.
I left the course with a clear roadmap of how I should approach and work up a casualty.
I have no doubt I will do other Crisis-Medicine classes that you offer online, as well as attend TECC in-person class again.
The ATC2 course came highly recommended to me by a very close friend and Navy SEAL and it did not disappoint. I have an intermediate background in TacMed and was looking for some refresher material to integrate into my team's training but ended up receiving so much more. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy Doc Shertz makes this course to follow as many online courses can be quite stale. The depth of his knowledge of treating casualties in the tactical environment is second to none and his teaching methodologies kept me engaged and very focused. Well done, Sir, well done! I would absolutely take another Crisis Medicine course without hesitation. If you're skeptical about online training through them, don't be. He's the real deal and you will not be disappointed.
I will start by saying this: I am an Army Medic, 10 years of experience, all with line units. I believe I am a knowledgeable and competent medic, and that is backed by my peers and superiors.
With that said, I learned more in 90 minutes than I have in all my various training and recertification classes combined. There is information here that surprised and enlightened me. After this, I feel more empowered to be a better provider and better instructor to my peers. I've already recommended this class to anyone that will listen to me here, and I look forward to taking more classes.
I have known Doc Shertz since 2001. In nearly two decades of having received training from him, I have attended numerous courses he’s taught including his five-day/44-hour in-person TCCC course. The training I just received in the on-line Advanced TC2 course is exactly like training with Doc Shertz in person. This includes everything from how he shares various stories to his sense of humor. If one can’t train with him in person, his online training through Crisis Medicine is the next best thing!
Some things I really liked that stood out with the on-line course was the ability to skip around the various modules if needed, as well as being able to see how many minutes each module was ahead of time.
The short quizzes were good too. They offered just enough of an assessment to ensure the student was awake and not just “clicking through,” but not challenging for folks who paid attention through the course material.
Overall, the video and sound production was very well done, including background colors, visuals, etc. This included various camera angles and a good balance between Doc Shertz talking and the PowerPoint presentation he was going over. At no point did it ever feel like a “death by PowerPoint.” The instructional format kept me interested the entire time.
Being in a reserve component of the military, I have completed countless required online training courses. I can honestly say Crisis Medicine's online course was the best I have ever done.
The course was phenomenal.
One of the best courses I have ever listened to. I'm a medical student that lives in Ukraine and can fairly say that this course helped and will help me much more in the future while my country is in war. Lectures are on point and well explained. Dr. Shertz does an outstanding job with focusing all your attention on the topic and keeps you from sleeping with good humor. I highly recommend it.
Chun Yiu Wong
Very impressive course. The knowledge and information delivered is comprehensive and well researched, covering most agents that have been or will potentially be used in CBRN warfare. The extensive literature and evidence Dr. Shertz has gone through and presented in the course is eye-opening and highly appreciated. The skills and knowledge taught are down-to-earth, no-nonsense and preps you for real-life scenarios. I would recommend this course to everyone who wishes to learn about the management of CBRN victims in a tactical environment.
As a former EMT, Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant, Ranger Medic and graduate of the Special Forces Aidman Course, I found this training to be of the highest quality. It is ideal for the experienced medic looking to advance his skills, while at the same time accessible to the motivated rescuer without an extensive medical background.
This was another great module, completing information not covered in traditional learning classes. I found this to be extremely useful, well presented and the lectures kept you engaged in learning the materials, with an abundant amount of information presented. The information learned is relevant to EMS providers and first Responders and has given me the edge of confidence needed if or when an event like this should arise.
This is an excellent course and should be a must have for every prehospital provider and LEO. This course gives you profound knowledge which exceeds the curriculum of TECC and gives you a complete review of the guidelines.
Dr. Mike Shertz is an excellent teacher, humorous, an outstanding presenter, diverting but enormously profound. One of the best courses I participated. Definitely worth the money and time spent.
The Tactical-CBRN course offered here is truly top of the line continuing education for EMS and medical professionals. Dr. Shertz clearly demonstrates a mastery of the materials and he delivers them in a manner that shows he cares about the learner as both a student and a practitioner. He goes above and beyond almost all other CBRN classes aimed at prehospital providers, yet every bit of the course is directly applicable to their practice. The material is clear enough for personnel lacking any significant background in the subject matter, while simultaneously remaining intriguing for those of us who have spent a long time diving into this realm. That balance is very hard to strike when covering CBRN.
If you have not taken this course, you are missing out and you should remedy that immediately. Great customer service. Crisis-Medicine can count on me to be a repeat customer and a champion for this class and their other courses.
The First Receiver course is a fantastic addition to the TCCC/TECC curriculum provided by Crisis Medicine. The course material provides a unique look at the critical transition point from prehospital to emergency room care in a mass casualty incident.
The course material is extremely valuable for physicians and advanced practice providers who work in hospitals. As a physician, I appreciated the lessons not only on treatment, but also the logistical and practical considerations on handling an overwhelming number of patients with limited resources. The information provided is data driven, and the lessons are scalable from small community hospitals to large academic medical centers.
This course also provides valuable training for military providers, particularly those in role 1 and 2 medical treatment facilities operating in an austere environment.
I recently completed the online, on-demand version of Tactical Casualty Care (TC2) by Crisis Medicine. I’ve received medical training from several Law Enforcement academies and in-service programs, all of which focused on the basics. I went into this course to refresh my knowledge of how to deal with trauma, and TC2 exceeded my expectations.
The elephant in the room, and I’m sure no one disagrees, is that these skills are best learned when there is an opportunity to practice over and over under the watchful eye of the instructor. For those for whom in-person training is not immediately possible, however, this is an excellent alternative.
The course is well-organized and thorough. There are great nuggets of hard-won knowledge throughout, some of which I had not been taught elsewhere, including on ballistics, bandages, tourniquets, CPR, and tension pneumothorax.
Dr. Shertz has an extremely impressive medical background, and that is invaluable. But knowledge is only part of the equation for a course like this. I’m sure many of us have experienced instructors who were very knowledgeable, but had trouble transmitting that knowledge. Not so here.
I have had the good fortune to receive instruction from prominent experts in other areas, many of whom have the advantage of being in fields where communication and public speaking are inherent to their entire academic and professional trajectories. The incisive, precise, and confident delivery Dr. Shertz showcases in this course puts many of those other instructors to shame. There is also an excellent use of dry, dark humor sprinkled in.
As an ER/Trauma/SWAT nurse, I was looking for a TECC course and I'm so glad I chose Crisis Medicine. Dr. Shertz is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to teach things in a way that keeps you engaged while filling you with valuable knowledge. He doesn't ramble; he gets straight to the point, and clearly knows his stuff.
I will be taking more courses by Crisis Medicine and highly recommend him to anyone in the medical field who is looking for TECC or other courses...
James Liao MD
I am a new direct commission Army National Guard physician (Field Surgeon, 62B). I have had prior civilian EMT experience and also went to a reserve police academy before going to medical school.
Due to COVID-19 all my initial officer/military training has been delayed. Having already been deployed to recent riots in our state, I realized that I sorely needed to become more familiar with Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the scope of practice of my 68Ws (combat medics). Despite my prior training, TCCC is a significantly different paradigm to what I am used to.
The Crisis Medicine Complete Tactical Casualty Care course exceeded my expectations. It is comprehensive, up to date with the latest information, and evidence based. I appreciate Dr. Shertz's questioning of dogma and impartial evaluation of medical data and devices. The lectures are engaging and strike the perfect balance between the course material and relevant anecdotes. Despite the long course length, the material is always engaging and I was very impressed by the production values of the videos.
You will get information here that I did not get in medical school or my trauma rotations.
I look forward to signing up for more courses with Crisis Medicine in the future.
Disclosures: I was not compensated for the completion of this review.