Recent advances in forward surgical team training at the U.S. army trauma training department

Casey J. Allen, Richard J. Straker, Clark R. Murray, William M. Hannay, Mena M. Hanna, Jonathan P. Meizoso, Ronald J. Manning, Carl I. Schulman, Jason M. Seery, Kenneth G. Proctor

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U.S. Army Forward Surgical Teams (FSTs) are elite, multidisciplinary units that are highly mobile, and rapidly deployable. The mission of the FST is to provide resuscitative and damage control surgery for stabilization of life-threatening injuries in austere environments. The Army Trauma Training Center began in 2001 at the University of Miami Ryder Trauma Center under the direction of COL T. E. Knuth, MC USA (Ret.), as a multimodality combination of lectures, laboratory exercises, and clinical experiences that provided the only predeployment mass casualty and clinical trauma training center for all FSTs. Each of the subsequent five directors has restructured the training based on dynamic feedback from trainees, current military needs, and on the rapid advances in combat casualty care. We have highlighted these evolutionary changes at the Army Trauma Training Center in previous reviews. Under the current director, LTC J. M. Seery, MC USA, there are new team-building exercises, mobile learning modules and simulators, and other alternative methods in the mass casualty exercise. This report summarizes the latest updates to the state of the art training since the last review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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