Students from the Military Medicine Track took to the air for a unique simulation experience with the 153rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at the Wyoming Air National Guard Base. The training allowed students to learn the responsibilities of the aircraft crew and how to care for patients that are en route from the field or a less equipped front-line hospital to a tertiary care center. The event also familiarized students – some of whom had never been on a military aircraft before – with the C-130 Hercules, a cargo plane frequently used in aeromedical evacuations.
During the event, students helped load patients, supplies, and equipment onto the aircraft, as well as secure patients to stretchers and then onto brackets for transport. “[The squadron] explained the different procedures they do prior to flying, and how they monitor patients in-flight,” said Sarah Szybist, OMS III.
“This exercise is a great early exposure to military medicine and one that most medical students, and even physicians, do not get to participate in,” said Bryan Eldreth, OMS III. “It let us experience what servicemen and women must withstand if we have to order an aeromedical transport for our future patients.”