Report: MCM Bricknell, E-J Grigson (UK)

International Engagement with the Indigenous Health Sector

This paper presents observations from the engagement of international military medical services with the Afghan security forces medical services.

Article: H. S. Bhatoe (India)

Neurosurgical Treatment in the Field

Retained Intracranial Splinters: A Review

Report: L. WOLFF (Us)

Orthopedics on Deployment

Orthopedics in the Austere Environment – Thinking “Outside the Box"

Article: M.C.M. Bricknell, A.G. Johnson (UK)

Forward Medical Evacuation

This paper discusses the principles of medical evacuation planning and execution with specific consideration of the command and control arrangements for Forward medical evacuation. The current operational context has focused efforts on helicopter medical evacuation as the main evacuation element of the pre-hospital military medical care system rather than the ground ambulance. This paper complements the significant number of papers recently published by RAMC clinical staff on pre-hospital care.

Report: A. Spiegel (Germany)

Neurosurgical Emergency on the Frigate Bremen

A Case of life-threatening symptoms of intracranial pressure in a saylor onboard the frigate Bremen deployed in the Indian Ocean

Interview: The Polish Armed Forces Military Medical Service

Interview with Colonel MC Dziegielewski MD, Surgeon General Polish Military Medical Service

Both the armed forces and medical services of Poland have been an active participant in international missions for many years. MCIF is very grateful to Colonel Dziegielewski, Surgeon General of the Polish Military Medical Service, to have granted the following interview.

Article: MCM Bricknell1, NM dos Santos2

Executing Military Medical Operations

This paper concentrates on the regulation of casualties through the medical system. It considers the casualty flow throughout the system looking at how demand (or access), capacity and evacuation must be balanced. If the balance is broken, either the medical system has been over-resourced, which is inefficient, or the medical system has been overwhelmed, which is ineffective. Finally the paper discusses how the medical system should respond to a casualty surge.


Protected Patient Transport in the German Armed Forces

Synopsis of protected vehicles for the surface transport of wounded personnel

Article: v. Uslar / van Schewick

The Red Cross as a target?

Thoughts on protective emblems and the role of the medical personnel in asymmetric conflicts from a tactical, legal and ethical perspective

3rd Annual Operational Medicine Symposium

September 28-29, 2021


The 3rd Annual Operational Medicine Symposium will focus on DoD initiatives to enhance military medicine in an era of great power competition. This symposium will bring together highly regarded medical professionals from all services to discuss the practice of medicine in expeditionary environments.