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Army Medical Center hosts joint emergency medicine exercise

Posted at 9:47 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 23:21:43-04

FORT HOOD, TX — Over the next few days, armed forces trauma teams from across the country will join Army medical units for an emergency medicine exercise.

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) is hosting the exercise to train service members in tactical combat casualty care.

As an emergency medicine resident, Capt. Hugh Hiller trains to make sure soldiers make it home from combat.

"After medical school, we come here. We match to an emergency residency within the Army, and then we spend three years training in all sort of aspects of emergency medicine," said Hiller.

Before they graduate and finish their residency, the doctors will participate in a four-day tactical combat casualty care training joint emergency medicine exercise

"We've got simulated blood, we've got simulated medications, so the residents are actually pulling up medications in the back of an aircraft," said Maj, Benjamin Donham, Director of Operational Medicine for the emergency medicine residency program with CRDAMC.

This year marked the first time all of the military branches have come together for this exercise.

"We have representatives from Air Force, from the Army and from the Navy, we have some marine members as well", said Maj. Christopher Pitotti, Military Program Director for the Nellis Air Force Base UNLV School of Medicine residency program.

"We want to prevent loss of life in the battlefield setting. Our main goal is to bring solders home and that's why we train in emergency medicine. That's why I'm here," said Hiller.

The training will come to a close on Friday.