Eliaan Deron/Professional History
Eliaan was accepted to Starfleet Academy on his first attempt and began study with a major in exobiology and a minor in astrophysics. He greatly enjoyed his time as an undergraduate, making a close group of friends and finally feeling free of the expectations of his family. A good, rather than exceptional student, he graduated in the top ten percent of his class and was accepted to the Starfleet Medical post-graduate program.
Starfleet Medical: The transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study was not an easy one for Eliaan and in the first year he struggled to maintain his grades. As all of his friends had accepted commissions and were on their first postings, the support network he had built up over the previous four years was gone.
Although not on his official record, for a time he was using stimulants in order to stay focused and study. He became depressed and was close to washing out of the program. His dramatic change in attitude was spotted by one of his professors who, in an attempt to help him decide whether he wanted to be a doctor or not, arranged for him to volunteer in the field during a planet wide outbreak on the Napean colony Vilar 2.
He spent three months working with Starfleet Medical colleagues and Napean doctors during the outbreak. This was a truly life changing experience for the young Betazoid. He discovered that he truly loved medicine but was more suited to trauma medicine than surgery and switched specialties. With a new sense of purpose, he completed medical school.
Following a final cadet cruise aboard the USS Centris-A and graduation, Deron was assigned to the USS Resolution under the command of Commander Toni Turner. During his first mission, the Resolution was sent to Lavon, the homeworld of the newly warp-capable Zalinians who were in the middle of an unexplained outbreak. Deron was assigned to an away team assigned to discover the cause and potential treatment for the mysterious illnesses. Deron discovered that the Zalinian government had banned the use of their telekinetic powers, which had an unforeseen effect on their immune systems and caused them to be susceptible to disease. Following this discovery, the Zalinians began using their telekinesis again and the illness stopped.
As this mission was wrapping up, a number of Resolution officers were attacked by Hirogen hunters. Deron was forced to perform life saving surgery on two of his colleagues. Following the transfer of Dr Brenna Parker to Starfleet Medical, Commander Turner offered the position of Acting Chief Medical Officer to Deron.
Almost immediately following the mission to Lavon, the Resolution was assigned to Duronis II. Eliaan was assigned to an undercover team, was altered to look Laudean and took the Laudean name Finn Torrin. He was assigned to a team, which was sent to infiltrate pro-Romulan guerrillas. During this away mission, Eliaan struggled with the dangerous mission and was very affected by the plight of the native population.
Following the mission, Eliaan and Kaedyn spent their shore leave together. Upon returning to the Resolution, Eliaan's surgical abilities were once more required as Major Heath West was beamed aboard the ship partially assimilated by Borg technology, which had been implanted in him prior to assignment to the Resolution. In the midst of the crisis, Eliaan temporarily relieved Commander Turner of command of the Resolution. The surgical removal of his Borg components was successful and Major West made a full recovery and Commander Turner returned to duty the following day. Eliaan was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade). A few weeks later, the USS Resolution was recalled and Eliaan was reassigned to the USS Independence-A.