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  • AFMC beta-tests diagnostic fitness assessments

    As the Air Force continues to review the overall current fitness assessment guidance for Airmen, AFMC has elected to implement diagnostic testing as a potential part of the policy change.
  • Air Force warns Airmen of electronic cigarette risks

    The Air Force, much like the civilian population, is seeing a decrease in traditional tobacco use, but an increase in e-cigarette use.
  • Air Force surgeon general updates Congress on medical reform

    Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force surgeon general, testified Dec. 5 before the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel, updating them on medical reform in the Air Force.
  • 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron trains alongside Royal Air Force

    Reservists from the U.S. Air Force Reserve 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and Royal Auxiliary Air Force No. 4626 Squadron focused on sharing key aeromedical evacuation skills and leadership and teamwork experiences. Because both units are made up primarily of reservists, the training provided a unique opportunity for members to also discuss how they could use the training in their civilian careers.
  • Air Force stands up Air Force Medical Readiness Agency

    Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, and incoming AFMRA commander Brig. Gen. Mark Koeniger, spoke at the ceremony, heralding a new era in Air Force Medicine.
  • Air Force Medical Service unveils new model for active duty care

    Under the Air Force Medical Reform model, dedicated provider care teams will align to an operational medical readiness squadron, focused on proactively treating Total Force Airmen and improving their availability to support the warfighting mission.
  • NATO-IHS collaboration proves valuable for building partner capability, interoperability

    Since 2017, the two organizations have collaboratively produced a First Responder Train-the-Trainer program designed to navigate language barriers between trainers and trainees. The FRTT course provides medical personnel with the skills needed to train others at varying levels to administer emergency medical care as first responders.
  • New training prepares Airmen to save lives

    Airmen are “arming up” their life-saving skills with Tactical Combat Casualty Care, also known as TCCC. TCCC is a standardized course created to equip every Airman, Soldier, Sailor and Marine with the basic skills to save lives in combat operations.
  • Virtual training platform maintains, improves military surgeons' skills

    It is vital for medical Airmen to continuously maintain and improve their skills. To access more training opportunities, military surgeons are looking to virtual training platforms. The Air Force is working with sister services to study a virtual training platform called Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills, or C-SATS. C-SATS provides specialized training for surgeons to further improve their specialized skills.
  • Biomedical Sciences Corps appreciation week

    The 96th Medical Group will observe Biomedical Sciences Corps Appreciation Week beginning Jan. 23 to recognize the organization’s efforts and contributions to Air Force medicine.
  • Air Force's first Invisible Wounds Center opens

    The 96th Medical Group opened the Air Force’s first Invisible Wounds Center Aug. 30, at Eglin Air Force Base.
  • A peek behind the curtain: Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD

    Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating, but there are therapies that can reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, and help Airmen return to duty.
  • Readiness, trauma at heart of C-STARS Baltimore partnership

    (This story is part one of two in a series on medics embedded in the Baltimore Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills program.)
  • Air Force ramps up flying ICU teams

    When the U.S. military needs to transport critically injured patients by air, it calls on Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams. The Air Force is increasing CCATT capabilities to meet the needs of the warfighter.
  • Secure Messaging makes communicating with your Air Force doctor simple

    In today’s connected world, we expect most communication to be convenient and instantaneous. Why should communicating with your health provider be any different? That is why the Air Force Medical Service offers a secure messaging platform for patients and families to communicate safely and quickly with their providers.
  • First-ever blood test for detecting brain injury cleared by FDA

    Brain injuries can happen from a fall, while in combat or during training exercises. Thanks in part to research funded by the Defense Department and the Army, Banyan Biomarkers has created the first-ever brain trauma blood test. On Feb. 14, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration cleared marketing of the Banyan Biomarkers’ Brain Trauma Indicator.
  • International health specialists employ unique skills to build medical capabilities with partner nations

    Healthcare is a critical avenue to strengthen partnerships with U.S. allies around the globe. The Air Force International Health Specialist program takes highly trained Air Force health personnel with unique skill sets, and puts them in Global Health Engagements around the world. There, they share their experiences and work to improve the health infrastructure in their partner nation.
  • Embracing the uncharted life as an amputee – An Airman’s story of resiliency (Part 2)

    Maj. Stephanie Proellochs , a recent amputee, gazes up at the rock climbing wall at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s physical therapy center in Bethesda, Maryland. She recalled the time she witnessed a service member who had lost his arm effortlessly climb his way to the top.
  • Every journey begins with a single step – An Airman’s story of resiliency (Part 1)

    Maj. Stephanie Proellochs, a Medical Service Corps officer, was fighting cancer, overcoming the odds and set on returning to active duty. Unfortunately, just when the finish line was in sight, new challenges presented themselves.
  • Nerve Scrambler Therapy lessens pain for warfighters, Tricare patients

    At first glance, Nerve Scrambler Therapy is a name that some might confuse with an experimental, avant-garde rock band from the 1970s. Think The Velvet Underground, Electric Light Orchestra or Grand Funk Railroad. In reality, NST is one of the 79th Medical Wing’s most cutting edge methods for managing chronic and debilitative nerve pain that impacts warfighters’ job performance and long-term quality of life.
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