The Military EMS fellowship that began at CCEMS in February of 2019 continues with four new fellows after the first of the year. This month (December 2019) our very first CCEMS Fellow, Major John G Knight, Jr., MD is back and will serve as CCEMS Assistant Medical Director through Christmas. The program that provides the fellows is the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) EMS Fellowship, which already existed in partnership with San Antonio Fire/EMS.
Dr. Knight actually visited CCEMS before the fellowship program began. He headed up a team from the San Antonio Military Medical Center who provided ultrasound instruction to our supervisors before CCEMS deployed Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in the field. Another member of that group. Captain Matthew Esposito, DO was actually the second fellow in the program and was with CCEMS much of 2019. Dr. Esposito taught the field supervisors how to perform a lifesaving thoracostomy in the field and he spent quite a bit of time running emergency calls. The first year we had two fellows. As mentioned, next year there will be four.
The extension of the SAUSHEC EMS Fellowship to include Cypress Creek EMS had been in the works for some time. Under the agreement, the fellowship will span five years with fellows from the military’s tri-services, Army, Navy, and the Air Force, rotating into the program.
Through our Tactical Team, CCEMS has enjoyed a close working relationship with fellowship doctors. Some of them have served as faculty members for our bi-annual Tactical EMS Course which draws professional operators from all over the world. The four new fellows attended the Fall 2019 Tactical EMS Class.
While embedding with CCEMS, the fellows teach in our paramedic academy and are involved in continuing education of our employees. They also serve alongside our medics and supervisors in the field as we share our knowledge of pre-hospital medicine and strive to improve the chances of survival for trauma patients whether they are on the battlefield or the streets of Harris County. Each of the fellows will write publishable medical studies while serving at CCEMS and will help us fine-tune protocols.
CCEMS Assistant Executive Director Wren Nealy said of the fellowship, “Lifesaving battlefield innovations, such as modern manufactured tourniquets and whole blood transfusions in the field, always find their way into civilian EMS. CCEMS has always strived to be first to embrace these innovations, so it only makes sense for us to work directly with the military and share our mutual medical knowledge through this new fellowship. We are bridging the gap between military and civilian expertise in our pursuit of achieving Zero Preventable Deaths.”