Amman, Jordan —
Five trauma and critical care specialists representing the office of the Ninth Air Force Surgeon General (Air Forces Central) traveled to Amman May 8-12 to meet with their counterparts from the Royal Jordanian Medical Services.
The two teams of medical professionals joined as subject matter experts to exchange ideas and best practices so that both countries continue to provide world-class medical care to their patients.
“There is a need for exchange of expertise with other partner countries,” said Colonel Ayman Al Qa’Qaa’, JRMS medical officer and director of the international office and office of private patient affairs. “It helps both countries keep abreast of global medical advances and the skills needed to deliver advanced medical care.”
During the week-long visit, U.S. and Jordanian military medical professionals discussed prehospital care, patient registry, and trauma and critical care success stories.
“We have a strong partnership with our American friends,” said Brig. General Sameer Smadi, surgeon and medical director of the JRMS trauma department. “One of the most beneficial aspects of our partnership is how we have been able to improve our patient registry and expand our emergency department.”
For AFCENT, this partnership is crucial for the support of American soldiers in the surrounding region.
“This is a priority for us because Jordan is such a close partner,” said Lt. Col. Juan Ramirez, AFCENT’s head of medical security cooperation. “The benefits produced in the area of general medical care and trauma care will benefit U.S. forces in the region.”
Lt. Col. Valerie Sams is an Air Force trauma surgeon, medical director of trauma at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, and served as the clinical team leader for this partner nation engagement.
“We have a vested interest in this region, so it’s advantageous for the United States to have a partner with mature trauma system capabilities,” Sams said. “It’s the key to excellent care of combat casualties and civilian trauma care. We believe Jordanians can have the best paradigm of care for their trauma patients.
The diverse backgrounds of the American and Jordanian medical professionals have allowed the group to enhance their knowledge of specialty care.
“JRMS are very skilled surgeons, so their surgical quality, from how they’re specialized to how they’re trained, is incredible,” said Brooke Army Medical Trauma Nurse Clinician Lt. Col. Dana Mayer. Center and U.S. Air Force Reservist with the 433d Airlift Wing. “They have exceptional surgical skills and are passionate about their work.”
As a Critical Care Fellow at Walter Reed Medical Center, Lt. Cmdr. Taylor DesRosier has had the opportunity to join the AFCENT team on previous visits and recognizes the importance of this ongoing partnership.
“It’s gratifying to see our relationship have such a lasting impact,” DesRosier said. “JRMS’ enthusiasm, sheer excitement and desire to provide improved care, especially to trauma patients, is infectious. With such enthusiasm and support, they will continue to develop their trauma service to save the lives of warriors and civilians.
Some of JRMS’ best practices have left a lasting impression on the AFCENT medical team.
“Their facility improvements are impressive,” said Lt. Col. Erik DeSoucy, trauma surgeon and critical care physician at Brooke Army Medical Center. “JRMS is developing its facility to get patients from the emergency department to damage control surgery as quickly as possible.”
JRMS also appreciated the engagement.
“Our collaboration with the US team over the past few years has greatly contributed to the expansion of our trauma services,” Smadi said. “We will continue to meet with the AFCENT/SG team virtually and in person to continue the partnership.”