So You Want To Be a Military Trauma Surgeon

27 May

So you want to be a trauma surgeon. Better yet, a military trauma surgeon. You might want to rethink that.

Trauma surgeons live in a very high-stress, high-velocity world. At a moment’s notice they can be summoned to the emergency department to handle some catastrophe. Maybe the victim has absorbed some small arms fire during a domestic dispute. Maybe he crammed his hybrid tin can into a telephone pole. Maybe that back alley knife fight turned into a piñata contest. Regardless the trauma surgeon can find himself dealing with some very severe and time-sensitive injuries.

The old Grim Reaper hangs on his shoulder everyday, waiting his turn. It’s the trauma surgeon’s duty to keep him at bay. His goal is to save the trauma victim’s life and repair the damage.

Typically, a trauma surgeon worries about the victim’s life, not his own. But a military trauma surgeon can face an entirely different set of concerns. His life could be in jeopardy. Check out this video. If this isn’t drama I don’t know what is.


Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Medical Issues, Trauma


4 responses to “So You Want To Be a Military Trauma Surgeon

  1. Laura Mitchell

    May 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    All I can save is God love all of them. If you’re not moved watching this then you’re a cold-hearted bastard indeed.


  2. Miki Hayden

    May 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Very touching–the good side of the human story.


  3. Teresa

    May 28, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Amazing bravery. God held them all in his hand.
    Teresa R.


  4. Nike Chillemi

    May 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Sorry put this up on the wrong article first time…

    Great article. My cousin Karen is an army trauma surgeon. She’s seen a lot. Some of the stuff she did wasn’t even surgery. She was part of a task force in one of the Stan nations, Turkistan, or one of them. They went in to set up clinics and found crates of medical supplies (unopened) stamped USSR.



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