Emergency Health Sciences receives $8.3 million to train flight medics
"He died instantly, so thankfully he did not have to suffer. But from that point forward I knew I would need to further my medical knowledge to ensure I could do everything possible for wounded soldiers in the future," said Sgt. Emmons, the unit’s medic.
The new flight medic program at the Health Science Center provides seven and a half months of intensive, in-depth medical training and critical thinking skills that flight medics need to keep severely injured soldiers alive during helicopter transport to a surgical hospital for stabilization. Following a successful pilot program at the Health Science Center in 2012, the Army signed a five-year, $8.3 million contract with the EHS to train 120 flight medics through four classes each year, for a total of 600 flight medics.
"These courses teach the ‘why’ behind what needs to be done," explained EHS Community Education Director Leslie Hernandez, M.A., Ed.D., who was recruited to lead the new program. "All of the students in our courses are volunteers, and most have had significant combat experience in Afghanistan. They are highly motivated."
Lance Villers, Ph.D., EHS chair and associate professor, added, "Our department has had a long history of working with the military. We have a great sense of pride in being able to have a role in improving the model of care for our soldiers."
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