Trauma Training ‘Will Save Lives on the Battlefield’

Retired Army Col. Dave Leckrone (left) with Gen. David Petraeus

By Col. Dave Leckrone

For the past 14 months, I have had the privilege to serve with the professional staff of Rush University while training combat medics for military operations. During this time period, over 300 military health care personnel have experienced an Advanced Trauma Training Program curriculum unmatched by any other training platform in the United States military.

The ATTP’s fiscal year 2010 courses enrolled military medics from 15 different states, including 11 National Guard physician assistants, one from the island of Guam. The feedback we receive from the student base has been amazing, with the most common comment being “best military course I have ever attended.”

One addition to the Advanced Trauma Training Program this past year was a module pertaining to traumatic brain injury (TBI). This injury,  labeled the Army’s “signature wound of the 21st century,” is at a critical state within its ranks. Importantly, the Rush University instruction proved to be extremely beneficial to the medics and the physician assistants who attended and will save lives on the battlefield. Continue reading