Erik Bernhoffer – Applying for NROTC Scholarships

Having spent nearly two decades in the medical profession, Erik Bernhoffer, MD, has served at institutions such as Fayette County Memorial Hospital, the Family Medical Center of Michigan, the Central Ozark Medical Center, and Mercy Hospitals. Prior to his career as a physician, Dr. Erik Bernhoffer enlisted in the United States Navy and received an NROTC scholarship, later earning honorable discharge.

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) offers full scholarships to participants in its programs. This includes full tuition for a baccalaureate degree at any of the colleges or universities on its list of institutions, as well as uniforms, a stipend for books, and a monthly allowance.

Those eligible for NROTC full scholarships include United States citizens beginning their post-secondary education between the ages of 17 and 23. Active members of the military may also apply. All applicants must pass physical requirements of the Navy or Marine Corps, be free of any tattoos or body piercing that violate military policy, and possess a willingness to bear arms in defense of the United States Constitution.

NROTC students may choose from three possibilities for their military career following their graduation: becoming a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, a U.S. Navy ensign, or an ensign with the Navy Nursing Corps.


Dr. Erik Bernhoffer on Serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

A family medical practitioner in Hillsboro, Ohio, Dr. Erik Bernhoffer earned his MD from Case Western Reserve University in 1992. He became involved in the CASA program as an undergraduate in the Honors Program at the University of Toledo, later serving as a CASA volunteer in the Lucas County Juvenile Court system in Lucas County, Ohio.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, play an important role in advocating for children during legal proceedings. A CASA supports a child, who has usually been neglected or abused, throughout the complex and lengthy process of receiving treatment, seeking restitution, and finding a permanent home.

Nationwide, CASA volunteers complete a 30-hour training session before beginning their service. Volunteers commit themselves to the duration of a particular case, which lasts an average of one and a half years. During this time, a CASA volunteer can expect to advocate for the child’s best interests by providing written reports and appearing in court on the child’s behalf, helping the child understand legal proceedings, and facilitating communication among involved parties, including family members, health care providers, and legal professionals.

Dr. Erik Bernhoffer: Tips for Assisting in a Medical Emergency

Currently an acting physician at Prospect Road Family Practice and Mercy Hospital Clermont, Dr. Erik Bernhoffer treats a myriad of patients and imparts his knowledge to other medical staff members as well. Dr. Erik Bernhoffer received his doctor of medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has served on the medical staff at both Greenfield Area Medical Center and Fayette County Memorial Hospital.

While we all hope never to be placed in a situation where a medical emergency unfolds, we never know when such an event could occur. Every scenario and situation is truly different, however; keep in mind several tips in order to be of the most assistance. The following suggestions represent several good practices in emergency situations.

1. Before trying to help someone in distress, always call 911 first.

2. If you believe someone cannot breathe, do not wait for an ambulance to arrive. Perform CPR if you know how, or try to find someone else that knows how.

3. If a child or someone around you has ingested a toxic substance, call 911 and then call the Poison Control Center.

4. Stay calm and make sure you are not in danger before helping someone else. This is especially important in situations that involve car accidents or transit areas.