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Saluting our Pharmacy Career Field during Pharmacy Week.  Thank you for all you do!
10/20/2020

Saluting our Pharmacy Career Field during Pharmacy Week. Thank you for all you do!

Today is National Pharmacy Technician Day! We wanted to give a huge shoutout to the Warriors who man the base pharmacy and all who are involved in ensuring patients have continuously been able to receive medication since the beginning of this pandemic. Navigating the turbulent changes COVID-19 has caused has been no easy feat for anybody, and the efforts from the 319th Medical Group definitely don't go unnoticed. Let's give them a round of applause!

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The Air Force's newest Chief, Medical Enlisted Force - CMSgt Dawn Kolczynski - hails from the Bioenvironmental Engineeri...
10/15/2020
Air Force’s new top enlisted medic shares importance of learning, mentorship and facing ch

The Air Force's newest Chief, Medical Enlisted Force - CMSgt Dawn Kolczynski - hails from the Bioenvironmental Engineering Career Field!
We are proud to serve with the finest!

https://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/News/Display/Article/2371810/air-forces-new-top-enlisted-medic-shares-importance-of-learning-mentorship-and/

Stepping into a new role in the midst of a global pandemic is no easy feat. This is especially true when that role involves being responsible for the welfare, readiness, morale and utilization of the

Major Stephan Kesterson is a Physician Assistant, currently serving as Chief, Expeditionary Medical Support and Training...
10/12/2020

Major Stephan Kesterson is a Physician Assistant, currently serving as Chief, Expeditionary Medical Support and Training, at the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency, Falls Church Virginia. In 2019, he deployed in support of Operation Octave Shield, leading a Role I clinic at the remote cooperative security location, Manda Bay, Kenya (Camp Simba). As the Senior Medical Officer and sole healthcare provider, Major Kesterson oversaw care across four joint commands, including Military Working Dog (MWD) support. From infectious and tropical disease surveillance to activating ACLS protocols, he evaluated a broad spectrum of disease and non-battle injuries (DNBIs), to include critically ill or injured situations requiring immediate medical evacuation.

Upon arrival, he prioritized fostering host-nation and mission partner relationships in order to “organize, train, & equip” additional ancillary and medical support. Furthermore, he identified vulnerabilities to the camp, implementing TCCC training, and recruiting personnel for more advanced Combat Life Saver and Walking Blood Bank skills application.

On 5 January 2020, Major Kesterson’s efforts and capabilities were tested when Al Shabaab conducted a synchronized, complex terrorist attack on the compound and airfield, resulting in multiple casualties and the loss of three American lives. In recounting his experience, Major Kesterson stated, “We emphasize Trusted Care throughout the MHS. Going into this deployment knowing the challenges our medical team would face, it became apparent that Trusted Care starts with trusting each other”. He credits the collaborative effort of both organic and inorganic medical assets for the care, prolonged stabilization, and evacuation of critical casualties. “From the initial response to recovery efforts, extraordinary people performed extraordinary tasks; and when you define readiness, it comes down to both the willingness and ability to perform those tasks”.

Following the attack, Major Felipson Ramos, the 822nd Base Defense Squadron’s Medical Flight Commander and fellow PA, arrived at Manda Bay. He provided additional medical support and Operational Medicine experience.

Major Ramos was the architect behind pioneering Manda Bay’s trauma bay and TCCC sim lab as well as the first disease containment tent in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together Major Kesterson and Major Ramos built and equipped a geographically separated full mission capable aid station to handle outside-the-wire-patrols’ casualty care and routine sick complaints. Additionally, the two assisted with host nation MASCAL & surgical support (instrumental in launching a stored whole blood bank within the AO).

Finally, PAs Kesterson and Ramos were highlighted by AFRICOM for paving virtual Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program certification on the BioFire Polymerase Chain Reaction system, which allowed forward locations, throughout the continent, to test any patient with COVID-like symptoms.

As we celebrate National PA Week, it’s important to recognize Majors Kesterson and Ramos’ efforts. These PAs exemplify the AFMS’s strategic objective to “Evolve for Tomorrow”, reminding us the necessity to adapt ourselves as a ready medical force in any contested environment

#PAsDoThat

Major Nathaniel Beaty is currently an Aeromedical Physician Assistant (APA) assigned to France E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne W...
10/11/2020

Major Nathaniel Beaty is currently an Aeromedical Physician Assistant (APA) assigned to France E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne Wyoming. While his primary duties are Flight Commander of the Warrior Operational Medicine, Personal Reliability Program and Flight and Operational Medicine clinics, he also serves as a mission crew member for the bases’ Search and Rescue (SAR) Team. The SAR team covers the Tristate area of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado and is trained on techniques such a rappelling and providing emergency medical care in austere locations.

On one recent rescue mission, Major Beaty was patched through to helicopter ops by command post at 0400. Apparently a hunter had gone missing and flight medicine was being activated to support the rescue. He was advised that crew brief would begin at 0600. This gave him little time to get ready, grab his go-bag, meet up with his enlisted teammate, and inventory their SAR equipment. Once they were ready to go, they began to run through possible scenarios based on what little information the local Sheriff had given the operations desk. They knew the hunter was in rough terrain and it had snowed the previous night. The crew was concerned about trauma, hypothermia due to exposure, and the possibility of a body recovery. Based on these scenarios, Major Beaty advised the aircrew on likely injuries, the location of the nearest trauma center with the right capabilities, and what he may need during flight. Collaborating with local civilian officials and civilian search and rescue members, Major Beaty and his team were able to successfully locate the lost hunter and return him to safety.

As we celebrate National PA Week, it’s important to highlight the accomplishments of the over 100 men and women who serve as Aeromedical PAs. This vast specialty operates in multiple arenas and is tasked to serve the many operational needs of the Air Force. Without these providers, AFMS’s mission to provide medically ready Airmen and ready Medical Airmen would be greatly diminished. #PAsdothat

Captain Megan L. Ostrowski, is a 2019 graduate from the Tri-Service DSc General Surgery PA residency. She was a by-name ...
10/10/2020

Captain Megan L. Ostrowski, is a 2019 graduate from the Tri-Service DSc General Surgery PA residency. She was a by-name request to join the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. There she works in both the dedicated burn operating room and intensive care unit. As the DoD's only active duty burn PA, she manages full-spectrum care for combat casualties, beneficiaries, and civilian trauma patients. As a sought after clinical expert, she supervises PA and physician residents that rotate in both locations. As the General Surgery PA Assistant Program Director, she is heavily involved in departmental and doctoral program research with multiple active projects in data collection, analysis, and manuscript development. She has two papers awaiting final approval in national peer-reviewed journals.

As we celebrate National PA Week, it’s important to recognize Captain Ostrowski and the extraordinary efforts of all General Surgery PAs who continue to advance the PA career field and the surgical/critical care arenas. #PAsdothat

In April 2020, the Psychiatric Physician Assistant specialty was approved and published in the Air Force Officer Classif...
10/09/2020

In April 2020, the Psychiatric Physician Assistant specialty was approved and published in the Air Force Officer Classification Directory (AFOCD). The AFSC suffix of a Psychiatric PA is 42G3N and awarded upon completion of all requirements of AFSC 42G3 with minimum 18-months clinical experience, and completion of a suffix-specific training or fellowship program acceptable to the AF Surgeon General. The AFMS Health Professionals Education Requirements Board (HPERB) approved a one-year Psychiatric PA fellowship, set to begin in Summer 2021.

Major Rodney Ho was approved as the first Psychiatric PA in the Air Force Medical Service. He was selected as the Psychiatric PA advisor to the AF/SG PA consultant and appointed as the Program Director for the inaugural Psychiatric PA fellowship. The AF Psychiatric PA fellowship consist of eight clinical rotations and several electives that will prepare new Psychiatric PAs to work in various mental health settings. Psychiatric PAs are independent mental health professionals who ensure active duty members are psychologically healthy and resilient to cope with stressors of deployment and military life. Psychiatric PAs can perform comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and consultation to adult patients presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive, or emotional disorders. They may also perform special military evaluations in accordance with DoD and Service policy.

In celebration of National PA Week, it’s important to highlight this new Air Force PA specialty as they begin to bridge the staffing gap in mental health clinics. #PAsdothat

Captain Sidonia Williamson is one of our recent Orthopaedic Surgery Physician Assistant (OSPA) Fellowship graduates and ...
10/08/2020

Captain Sidonia Williamson is one of our recent Orthopaedic Surgery Physician Assistant (OSPA) Fellowship graduates and was praised by the staff and surgeons she trained under.
“I have never felt more part of a medical team until my OSPA fellowship. I didn’t appreciate how important the training was until I lived it. I was guided by some of the intellectually gifted PAs the Air Force has to offer and I hope to emulate them someday. Our surgeons pushed me to manage challenging cases in clinic, the ER, as well as the operating room. I survived “swimming with sharks” through diligent reading and studying throughout the training program, but there is still an insane amount of orthopaedic surgery to learn! As Physician Assistants, we have so much latitude to grow in the world of orthopaedics.”

42Gs, have you considered applying for an HPERB fellowship? One such opportunity, and many would argue the best option, is an OSPA Fellowship. This program is a 12-18 month commitment, which includes comprehensive orthopaedic surgery services in the operating room, outpatient, inpatient, and emergency departments. Program goals include examination, interpretation of labs and images, outpatient procedures, and development of goal-oriented treatment plans for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Training also focuses on surgical first assist as well as perioperative patient management. This includes local and regional anesthetics, therapeutic and diagnostic joint injections, fracture fluoroscopy, fracture reduction and management at a level 1 trauma hospital, wound closure/suturing, graft preparation, complex wound debridement, perioperative wound care, skeletal traction, and external fixation.

Follow-on assignments, as graduates from the OSPA fellowships, include both CONUS and OCONUS opportunities. More information about applying can be found on the knowledge exchange. If this sounds appealing, I recommend you apply, and become part of the best team the Air Force has to offer! National PA Week! #PAsdothat

Major James Moore is the Deputy Branch Chief for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) where he assists in...
10/08/2020

Major James Moore is the Deputy Branch Chief for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) where he assists in the management of the largest PA program. He also teaches Neurology to approximately 250 students per year. IPAP is affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and is ranked #10/260 national PA programs.

During the initial COVID outbreak, Major Moore led the IPAP pandemic response by working with sister service counterparts in order to move didactic instruction to an online format. Achieving this monumental task in 48-hours, he was able to prevent COVID outbreak within the program while maintaining instructional integrity and eliminating educational delays.

As we celebrate National PA week, it’s important to recognize Major Moore and the countless PA Professors and Instructors who ensure exceptional education platforms are provided to our future colleagues. #PAsdothat

Captain Nathan Fritts (second from the right-black scrubs) – Emergency Medicine PA Fellow presents patients during his 3...
10/07/2020

Captain Nathan Fritts (second from the right-black scrubs) – Emergency Medicine PA Fellow presents patients during his 3rd ICU rotation at University Medical Center (UMC) in Las Vegas. UMC serves as the key training facility for the Nellis EMPA Fellowship. #PAsdothat

As we celebrate National PA Week, we would like to highlight several Emergency Medicine PAs for their extraordinary work...
10/07/2020

As we celebrate National PA Week, we would like to highlight several Emergency Medicine PAs for their extraordinary work during the current pandemic both at home and in the AOR.

Major Sarah Ostrom is the Associate Program Director for the U.S. Air Force Emergency Medicine PA Program at Brooke Army Medical Center Emergency Department. During the COVID response, she was responsible for ensuring Emergency Medicine Fellows continued to receive training in critical emergency skills while also assisting with the local COVID response. #PAsdothat


Major Sarah Ostrom is the Associate Program Director for the U.S. Air Force Emergency Medicine PA Program at Brooke Army Medical Center Emergency Department. During the COVID response, she was responsible for ensuring Emergency Medicine Fellows continued to receive training in critical emergency skills while also assisting with the local COVID response. #PAsdothat

Major J. “Adam” Vann is the 720th Special Tactics Group/Surgeon General at Hurlburt Field. This past week he was a key l...
10/07/2020

Major J. “Adam” Vann is the 720th Special Tactics Group/Surgeon General at Hurlburt Field. This past week he was a key leader in the planning and execution of a one-week training course and exercise, hosted by the 24 SOW and 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron (OSM) at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama. This multifaceted training exercise was previously contracted out. Major Vann’s expertise, along with the support from medics of the OSM and AFSOC at large, was key in saving AFSOC over $50,000 while providing a higher-yield training experience for the participants. The didactics included three-day classroom and hands-on skills labs on topics such as TCCC, K9 trauma medicine, field ultrasound, blood transfusions, and other emerging technologies in operational medicine. The training integrated all phases of battlefield trauma care from the point of injury, to patient evacuation, to damage control resuscitation and surgery.

AFSOC medics from around the globe came together to fuse this continuum of medical care, including OSM and Special Tactics IDMTs, Special Tactics Pararescuemen, DUSTOFF flight medics, physician assistants, and Special Operations Surgical Teams (SOST). The training culminated in a realistic 24-hour exercise that included CASEVAC with Blackhawks, mass casualties and prolonged field care scenarios.
Major Vann is key in ensuring the best medical training and deployment readiness for all of AFSOC’s medics. This integrated approach to training and validation through exercises such as this will ensure the advancement in operational medical capabilities for the future.

As we celebrate National PA week, it’s important to recognize the leadership of Maj Vann and the many Operational PAs who support and care for the Special Warfare Airmen community. #PAsdothat

A brief history of Air Force PAs origins: 1971• July 1971 – First PA class (“Towner’s Boys”).  School of Health Care Sci...
10/06/2020

A brief history of Air Force PAs origins:

1971
• July 1971 – First PA class (“Towner’s Boys”). School of Health Care Sciences, Sheppard AFB, TX
• AFSC established for PAs (917X0) with rank of MSgt recommended for graduates

1972
• AF PA program begins affiliation with University of Nebraska
• First PA class Graduates

1974
• April 1974 – Society of Air Force PAs (SAFPA) established in April. AF/SG letter to AF/DP addressing issue of increased rank for PAs (Warrant Officer)

1976
• March 1976 – AF Personnel community recommends commissioning of PAs because warrant officer grades are not commensurate with PA duties and responsibilities
• Aug 1976 – GAO investigation into feasibility of a Tri-Service PA program began
• Aug 1976 – First PA in the AF Reserve, SSgt David Mittman (*2020 He is the President of the American Academy of PAs)

1977
• Nov 1977 – First AF PA assigned to the White House (George McCullough)

1978
• Feb 1978 – PA Commissioning Program implemented
• Apr 1978 – First PAs Commissioned into BSC Corps
• First PA appointed Associate Chief BSC Corps

Since graduating the first class 48 years ago, PAs have continued to expand their roles in the AFMS and contributions to the DoD.

National Physician Assistant Week runs every year from October 6-12. The weeklong celebration recognizes the PA progessi...
10/06/2020

National Physician Assistant Week runs every year from October 6-12. The weeklong celebration recognizes the PA progession and its contributions to the nation's health. It is an opportunity to raise awareness and visibility of the profession. During the week, PAs are honored, and their role is publicized as a critical component in a variety of medical settings. There are over 139,000 PAs practicing in the U.S. today.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. It estimates about 37,000 openings for PAs by 2028 because the demand for healthcare services is growing.

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Hello fellow BSCs. Hoping to get some support (signatures) for this White House petition. Bottom line, it will help PAs gain traction with becoming independent practitioners. Signature process takes about a minute (need to enter your email address) and then go into email to confirm your signature.
Arrived just in time....
Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! Air Force Dietitians Fuel Warfighter Readiness through Nutrition . In order to keep performing at peak capacity, our Airmen need to be in peak mental and physical condition. Responsible for advancing healthy living practices, DIETITIANS help warfighters make positive lifestyle changes. From conducting personal assessments to implementing unique nutrition plans, these food and nutrition experts enable our Airmen to make decisions that keep them healthy, focused and active. . Dietitians . 🍎 Serve as advisers to commanders in matters of nutrition and dietetics . 🍎 Provide sound nutrition practices and supportive environments for deployed military operations that optimize human performance . 🍎 Perform a variety of inpatient and outpatient duties, including nutrition assessment and patient education and menu planning . History . Although the US Air Force was established in 1947, the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) was not established until 1949. Effective 1 July 1949 thirty-eight dietitians on active duty in the United States Army Women's Medical Specialist Corps (WMSC) were transferred at their own request to the WMSC of the United States Air Force. . On Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day we are proud to recognize our AF dietitians! . #RDNDay #MarchIsNutritionMonth #AFMS #BiomedicalScienceCorps #DisruptiveInnovators #ReadinessRelevanceResearch
Major Michael Salyer, a Bioenvironmental Engineer serving as the Defense Fellow to Congressman Austin Scott (GA-8), had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of the Air Force Barrett and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Goldfein to discuss warfighting command and control capabilities and moving toward Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). Robins and Moody Air Force Bases are in Congressman Scott's District and the Secretary and Chief came in to talk about the future of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) and JSTARS missions at Robins AFB.
Honey badgers 🦡! desert medics 🌵 of 355th MDG. Davis-Monthan, Tucson AZ 🌅 #proudtobeBSC
30th MDG BSC officers, enlisted, and civilian/contractor support at Vandenberg AFB
BSC officers lunch at Vandenberg AFB
30th MDG BSC Week Ice Cream Social at Vandenberg AFB
30th MDG BSC Ice Cream Social at Vandenberg AFB
30th MDG BSC Lobby Display at Vandenberg AFB
BSCs offering career mentoring to our enlisted at Dyess AFB, TX!
The BSCs at Dyess AFB offering career mentoring to our enlisted personnel today!