News: Iraqi Trauma Training Program Graduates 8th Class
By Cpt. Kay McKinnie
Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Office
BAGHDAD – Ibn Sina hospital's Iraqi trauma training program graduated its eighth class of students, consisting of fourteen Iraqi doctors, nurses and medics from the Iraqi ministry of defense, Feb. 6, within Iraq's International Zone.
The graduation was attended by Iraqi MOD guests Col. Ali, deputy to the Iraqi surgeon general, Lt. Col. Amear, deputy of Medical Training Department, Cpt. Hussan, administrative officer to the Medical Training Department, and U.S. Army guests, Col. Richard Ellison, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq surgeon, Col. Don West, Task Force 86 commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano, Task Force 86 command sergeant major.
The Iraqi trauma training program was initiated by the 10th Combat Support Hospital, a unit from Ft. Carson, Colo., in partnership with the medical operations and clinical services health affairs of MNSTC-I. The program is a targeted partnership to build on the relationship with Iraqi and coalition forces and allows for the forward momentum to continue through training Iraqi personnel in advanced trauma care. Through a combination of strengths, the trauma training program is one more step toward the smooth transition of healthcare responsibility from American to Iraqi oversight.
Since the launch of the program in 2005, more than 100 medical personnel have benefited from the diverse program. The course involves eight weeks of classroom training, simulation lab and clinical experience.
Dr. David Soloman, director of the Ibn Sina hospital's trauma training center, expressed the long term impact this program will have on Iraqi medical providers.
"We are hoping that this program will improve the overall Iraqi healthcare system by teaching our students to go out and teach their medical counterparts," said Soloman.
In an address to the graduating class, distinguished guest, Ali, spoke of his appreciation to the medical professionals, both American and Iraqi, who helped make the program possible. He also emphasized that this partnership between U.S. and Iraqi medical forces would not only benefit the Iraqi army, but more importantly, the entire civilian healthcare system in Iraq.
West also addressed the class on the importance of the Iraqi-U.S. collaboration and the program's benefits for all involved. He gave his support to the progress being made through this program.
"Along the way, both instructors and students alike have benefited from the mutual association and teamwork required to prepare the student to be trainers for the next generation of trauma trained healthcare workers at the community or local level," said West.
This shared effort between the Iraqi MOD and U.S. Army is one of many programs currently conducted by the 86th Combat Support Hospital at Ibn Sina and across Iraq under the guidance of Task Force 62nd Medical Brigade that aims to put an Iraqi face back on Iraqi healthcare. It is through our relationships with Iraqi healthcare providers developed by programs such as Iraqi trauma training that forward strides will be made in the Iraqi military medical system.