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Research Letter
September 2017

A Model for Military-Civilian Collaboration in Academic Surgery Beyond Trauma Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • 2David Grant US Air Force Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(9):891-893. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.1575

Providing comprehensive surgical training and sustaining medical readiness of military surgeons remains challenging, especially during peacetime. We summarize a military-civilian partnership that extends beyond trauma.

We evaluated the collaboration between surgeons of the David Grant US Air Force (USAF) Medical Center (DGMC) at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, and the University of California, Davis (UCD) Medical Center. The UCD facility is the only level I trauma center in Sacramento, California, and is the main tertiary care center in Northern California, serving a catchment of 2.5 million people. Successes and challenges in the areas of graduate medical education and faculty engagement in research and clinical duties were identified. This study was exempt from the UCD institutional review board, as it was determined not to be research.