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News | Sept. 7, 2023

99th MDG: Preparing Air Force medical Airmen for evolving demands

By Senior Airman Zachary Rufus, 57 Wing Public Affairs

The Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center hosted medical professionals from Luke Air Force Base for a currency training program from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1.
MOMMC is a nationally-verified Level III trauma center providing preventive, emergency, and acute care services and makes it an optimal choice for the CTP.
“After arriving at Nellis for training, CTP participants immediately immersed themselves in hands-on training across various departments of MOMMC,” said Col. Roy Louque, 99th Inpatient Surgical Squadron’s master clinician. “This includes medical surgery, post anesthesia and the emergency department.”
CPT is training medics from Luke in areas they would not otherwise receive due to the emphasis on outpatient care and limited resources at their home station.
The Air Force Medical Service identified the need for medical personnel to complete 144 hours of annual inpatient medical training in preparation to operate in deployed trauma units. Members attending CTP at MOMMC receive most of those hours in just two weeks.
“Participating in this program at Nellis provides us with a practical, hands-on experience, mirroring what we might face in downrange scenarios,” said Staff Sgt. Katlyn Hall, a medical technician assigned to the 56th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron out of Luke AFB, Arizona.
The focus of this program is to provide hands-on training in the inpatient, medical, surgical and intermediate care, emergency, and preoperative settings. 
The CTP was designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, ensuring that medical personnel are well prepared to respond effectively to diverse challenges in operational environments.
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