A novel flight surgeon training model at a joint military and civilian surgical residency program

Erik S. DeSoucy, Scott A. Zakaluzny, Joseph M Galante

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Abstract

Background Graduating military preliminary interns are often required to fill flight surgeon billets. General surgery preliminary interns get experience evaluating surgical and trauma patients, but receive very little training in primary care and flight medicine. At a joint military and civilian training program, we developed a supplemental curriculum to help transition our interns into flight medicine. Methods From 2013 to 2016, we developed a lecture series focused on aerospace medicine, primary care, and specialty topics including dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry, and women's health. During the 2016 iteration attended by 10 interns, pre- and post-participation 10-item Likert scale surveys were administered. Questions focused on perceived preparedness for primary care role and overall enthusiasm for flight medicine. Open-ended surveys from 2013 to 2016 were also used to gauge the effect of the curriculum. Results The composite number of agreement responses (indicating increased comfort with presented material) increased 63% after course completion. Disagreement responses and neutral responses decreased 78% and 30%, respectively. Open-ended surveys from 14 participants showed an overall positive impression of the curriculum with all indicating it aided their transition to flight medicine. Conclusions Survey responses indicate an overall perceived benefit from participation in the curriculum with more confidence in primary care topics and improved transition to a flight medicine tour. This model for supplemental aerospace medicine and primary care didactics should be integrated into any residency program responsible for training military preliminary interns who may serve as flight surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Volume215
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • Aerospace medicine
  • Curriculum
  • Flight surgeon
  • Military medicine
  • Preliminary internship
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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