This is the third in an installment of blogs about our Wing’s Lines of Effort (LOEs) that were recently published. I would like to examine the role of the 374th Medical Group and how the MDG aligns with the various LOEs. It would be easy to assume that the Medical Group would align itself under the LOE of “Build a Strong Community” as it is our responsibility to ensure the health care for the 11,000 beneficiaries in our community.
However, I would ask you to consider that it is also the responsibility of the Medical Group to “Develop World Class Airmen”. The Medical Group is not unlike other groups on the base that receive young Airmen, straight out of tech school or medical residencies and these young Airmen need guidance and mentoring just as they do for other career fields. We take this charge very seriously. The MDG Top 3 hosts monthly Lunch-n-Learns to cover issues that affect all ranks and on all topics. We have a stringent OJT program and utilize training arrangements with both Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Tripler Army Medical Center to ensure those 3-Level Airmen are successful in achieving 5-Level certification prior to PCSing to a larger facility. We train not only to ensure that we are ready, but to ensure that those we are responsible for are healthy so that they can do the jobs they are trained for…routine mission or contingency mission.
As we train our medics to care for our patients, we are also training our Airmen to be ready to fight! We train, exercise and inspect as though the fight is real and right now. As medics, when we shift to a wartime scenario, our entire structure changes to one of teams and we no longer exist in our stovepipes of excellence. We become teams working together to care for patients, transport patients, move supplies, evacuate patients, thaw blood, perform surgery, etc. Our training ensures that our doctors, nurses, and technicians will be ready to fight when asked!
And finally, our Medical Group continues to strengthen partnerships with our downtown counterparts to ensure we are able to gain access to services for our patients. Our doctors and nurses spend many hours training side-by-side with our Japanese physicians in our Japanese Observership Program. These Japanese physicians have helped decrease our transfer time into local hospitals as well as helping us to better understand the Japanese medical system. In turn, our staff has taught them the language skills they will need to advance their training in a US medical program. Our partnership building does not stop here. We are also working with off-base hospitals to aid in their responses to natural disasters and this has opened more opportunities to work together as one team.
The men and women of the 374th Medical Group are proud to provide you the Best Health Care in the Pacific!