The Rush University advanced trauma training program, a novel approach for military trauma training

Mil Med. 2013 Mar;178(3):e362-6. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00376.


Nearly 90% of combat deaths occur on the battlefield before the casualty reaches a treatment facility. It has been shown that early intervention in trauma patients improves morbidity and mortality. Hence, the training of military health care providers in lifesaving measures is imperative to saving lives on the battlefield. To date, few courses exist to provide skills in combat-zone trauma stabilization and treatment. Even fewer offer training in the identification and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injury. We set out to develop a multidisciplinary, comprehensive course to include didactic lectures as well as hands-on training and observational modules. Ten courses have been delivered to date. Thus far, feedback from military personnel and course participants has revealed the positive impact of the training program. In this manuscript, we present the layout of the program and its contents.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Military Medicine / education*
  • Military Personnel*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Traumatology / education*
  • United States
  • Universities*
  • Warfare