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Joint Medical Summit Strengthens Collaboration in Minnesota Guard

Joint Medical Summit ST LOUIS PARK Minn - Members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard medical community attended a joint military medicine summit, May 16-17, 2015

"This summit is organized as a comprehensive networking tool to present the latest guidelines, techniques and recommendations used to directly impact medical conditions commonly seen among our military members," said Army Col Joseph Burns, state surgeon for the Minnesota National Guard

For medical professionals serving in the Minnesota National Guard, the continually-evolving field of military medicine requires them to apply a vast range of skills and competencies in order to provide the best possible patient care for military personnel at home and abroad

The practice of sharing lessons learned during deployments, programs and health trials allow for providers to service an expansive knowledge base system while keeping up with everyday practices for military personnel

"Our experiences while deployed have demonstrated the need for our overall cooperation in the medical field," said Army Lt. Col. Alvaro Sanchez, division surgeon for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division "Networking at events like this gives us the face-to-face opportunity to maintain that cooperation"

Red Bull medical personnel are maintaining one of the highest medical readiness standings following their multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Additionally, they have prepared to react to the requirements of non-combat related medicine, in support of operations in Liberia as well as here in Minnesota

"Our relationships within our communities [are] essential to the overall success of our missions at home and abroad," said Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Olson of Minnesota's Headquarters and Headquarters Troop of the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry Regiment

For medical providers of both the Army and Air National Guard, the focus on important strategic military medicine and how it impacts health care in the community is foremost in any training they do However, the theme of this summit was to stress the importance of the relationship between medical providers at all levels of their organizations, as well as collectively

"The interaction along with the ability to respond face-to face with subordinate units on questions or daily operations can only lead to an overall increase in our efficiency and mission success," said Sanchez

The overall readiness and care for Service members is a high priority within the Minnesota National Guard during operations overseas as well as training Practices to ensure the best patient care at a rapid efficient pace are being implemented state-wide

"The ability to share our individual experiences collectively is helpful in recognizing the best way to evaluate, manage and treat medical conditions commonly seen by our military personnel," said Air Force Brig Gen David Hamlar, assistant adjutant general for the Minnesota National Guard

Many physicians and healthcare professionals are not familiar with the environments Service members experience in combat zones, the health challenges military personnel face and the resources available to assist them This conference discussed and described practical strategies and procedures to provide primary care clinicians the ability confidently treat military personnel

"How we can make changes, show what's right and what's wrong and develop ways of preventing problems for our population is one of the best challenges I've asked our joint medical organizations to do collectively," added Hamlar

This is the second military medicine summit held by the Minnesota National Guard which still maintains one of the highest readiness standings according to the Department of Defense For future events the Minnesota National Guard plans to welcome civilian and military medical professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, mental health professionals and health planners to attend the summit

May 16, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs



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