From the Battlefield to the Bedside

From the Battlefield to the Bedside:
How Military Medical and Combat Experience Can Help Civilian Patient Care

As witnessed in the Boston bombing, military medical experience has led to dramatic advances in medical care that saved the lives of the bombing victims. (Martin Levine, DO gives account of the Boston bombing: )

Given that military medical and combat experience provides physical and emotional benefits to civilian patient care, the AOA has launched From the Battlefield to the Bedside program. The goal is to provide best practice resources to the osteopathic profession in an effort to utilize those benefits in providing patient-centered care.

Currently, the AOA is a partner in the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative to raise awareness within the osteopathic physician community about the medical needs of military veterans. In addition, the nation’s 29 osteopathic medical schools have pledged to grow the body of knowledge leading to the improvement of health care and wellness of our veterans. (; (;

AOA’s Battlefield to Bedside program takes AOA’s participation in Joining Forces to the next level -- to raise awareness within the osteopathic profession about the military medical advances that can be passed on to civilian counterparts. Ten percent of medical officers in the U.S. military are osteopathic physicians. A program that uses the benefits of military experience contributes to the osteopathic philosophy of treating the whole person, not just symptoms which is the cornerstone of patient-centered care. (The Hero Next Door:; In the Field:; Training Ground:

In the effort to raise awareness, the AOA has compiled a list of resources for research and best practices involving military medicine.
U.S. Army Medical Department Journal

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Military Medicine Archives

Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine Annual Report 2012

Defense Medical Research and Development Program

Military Medicine Journal

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Medical Advances as a Result of War

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Samueli Institute: Center for Military Medical Research

US Army Institute of Surgical Research Clinical Practice Guidelines

MHS (Military Health System) Publication Search - ability to search peer-reviewed articles - subject areas includes TBI

VA Epidemiology Research Listed by Title

VA Research on Military Exposures

Environmental Exposure Pocket Card

List of VA Research by Topic Areas - includes TBI and PTSD

Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

Federal Practitioner: A peer reviewed journal for health care professionals

Other Information - Comprehensive TBI site - contains section for health care professionals which includes research information, fact sheets, and other tools/resources

National Resource Directory - Contains research and health information for health professionals providing care to veterans

The information below references information re: our Joining Forces webpage, but provides direct links to specific information:
VA Patient Treatment

Guidelines and Best Practices for such areas as: Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS etc.
Clinician Pocket Guides:
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury -Concussion


VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines

Topics listed for chronic disease, mental health, military-related conditions, pain, rehabilitation, and women’s health. Webpage includes pocket card for clinicians on shared decision-making

Webpage also includes link to articles on pain care in military:

VA National Center for PTSD: Website contains information which includes a section specifically for physicians on screening and referring for PTSD, informational research and resources.

Addiction Medicine
American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine Journal:

Other journals and information:

Allergy and Immunology
Allergy and Immunology Resources

Military Advanced Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Handbook
Chemical Warfare Agents

Emergency Medicine
Advances in pre-hospital trauma care
Evaluation of Junctional Tourniquet Designed for combat, human tissue study
Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Pre-hospital Combat Casualty Care

Family Medicine
Military Family Doctor:

Internal Medicine
History of military contributions to the study of diarrheal diseases

Medical Informatics
Standardizing Medication Error Event Reporting in U.S. Department of Defense

Neurology and Psychiatry
Cortical Thinning in Patients with PTSD
Neuropsychological and neuroimaging findings in TBI and PTSD
Advances in neuroimaging of TBI and PTSD
Enhanced neuro-rehabilitation techniques in the DVBIC Assisted Living Pilot Project
Defense and Brain Injury Information Center: Site contains section for medical providers, which includes: online information on TBI, includes online education information, fact sheets, and webinars.
National Intrepid Center of Excellence
DoD institute dedicated to the evaluation, treatment, and research of TBI and psychological health conditions

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
Resident Manual of Trauma to the Face, Head, and Neck

Management of Facial Trauma: Lessons of War

Innovations in Military Handling of Facial Trauma

Orthopedic Surgery in the U.S. Army: Historical Review

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Virtual Reality & Interactive Gaming Technology for Obese and Diabetic Children: Is Military Medical Technology Applicable?

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
New Nerve and muscle interfaces aid wounded warrior amputees
Military Lower Extremity Amputee Rehabilitation
Article from VA Journal on Rehabilitation Research and Development

Colorectal Cancer: Lessons Learned from U.S. Armed Forces

Prolotherapy Regenerative Pain Management
New procedure revolutionizes battlefield approach to Pain
Pain Management Task Force Final Report 2010
Collaborative Effort with U.S. Military
Stereotactic Radiosurgery with Cyberknife
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute

Rheumatic Diseases

Sports Medicine
Advances in Wound Care: Volume 1
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Plastic Surgery Challenges in War Wounded

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