27 episodes

Welcome to WarDocs!

This is a podcast developed and hosted by 3 Army surgeons, Doug, Wayne and Kevin who all possess a passion to preserve the oral history of Military Medicine and get the stories of these healthcare heroes to the podcast community.

We will take a behind the scenes look into unique opportunities and experiences told firsthand from current and former military physicians/providers and provide interesting and informative content about the mission, history, contributions, and achievements of medical officers from all different specialties.

You will better understand what military physicians do in deployed environments as well as their peacetime mission and how they train for the next conflict.

You will also hear some incredible stories of how these WarDocs bring first class medical care from Level 1 Trauma Centers to the most austere of conditions in every corner of the globe

Please visit our website at www.wardocspodcast.com to get additional information about our hosts and our guests and
follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you like war stories and medical drama, WarDocs has you covered. Spread the word!

WarDocs - The Military Medicine Podcast Doug Soderdahl, Wayne Causey, Kevin Kniery

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

Welcome to WarDocs!

This is a podcast developed and hosted by 3 Army surgeons, Doug, Wayne and Kevin who all possess a passion to preserve the oral history of Military Medicine and get the stories of these healthcare heroes to the podcast community.

We will take a behind the scenes look into unique opportunities and experiences told firsthand from current and former military physicians/providers and provide interesting and informative content about the mission, history, contributions, and achievements of medical officers from all different specialties.

You will better understand what military physicians do in deployed environments as well as their peacetime mission and how they train for the next conflict.

You will also hear some incredible stories of how these WarDocs bring first class medical care from Level 1 Trauma Centers to the most austere of conditions in every corner of the globe

Please visit our website at www.wardocspodcast.com to get additional information about our hosts and our guests and
follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you like war stories and medical drama, WarDocs has you covered. Spread the word!

    Lt. Gen. (Ret) Dr. Paul K. Carlton Jr.-Evolution of Critical Care in the Air- Past, Present and Future

    Lt. Gen. (Ret) Dr. Paul K. Carlton Jr.-Evolution of Critical Care in the Air- Past, Present and Future

       Dr. Carlton has a distinguished career of clinical excellence, leadership and service.  Lt. Gen. (Ret) Carlton served as the 17th Surgeon General of the Air Force


      In this episode you will hear about the history of Air Evacuation in the military and how Dr. Carlton was instrumental in developing the Flying Ambulance Surgical Trauma Team (FAST) which later matured into the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT); a program that transformed the nature of battlefield evacuation of the wounded.  He shares how lessons were learned from events in Somalia and Haiti and despite some headwinds the CCATT became an official part of the USAF Aeromedical System.  Ultimately this system played a significant role in decreasing combat mortality and morbidity in OIF and OEF.  Dr. Carlton provides a behind the scenes look at the unique challenges of providing advanced critical care in the air and provides some insights into the future possibilities.


       Lt. Gen. (Ret) Carlton has had an amazing and diverse experience in Military Medicine and you won’t be disappointed hearing some of the engaging stories from a distinguished career.


      Find out more about Dr. Carlton at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and visit our webpage and become part of Team WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.


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    • 36 min
    Major General (Ret) Dr. Sean L. Murphy- Taking Care of Military Members and their Families from the Far East to Europe to the Pentagon

    Major General (Ret) Dr. Sean L. Murphy- Taking Care of Military Members and their Families from the Far East to Europe to the Pentagon

    Dr. Murphy retired in 2021 and most recently served on Active Duty as the Deputy Surgeon General of the Air Force.


       In this episode Dr. Murphy shares stories about growing up in a family of Irish Cops and his journey to the Air Force Academy and then becoming an Air Force Pediatrician.  He talks about the importance of military pediatricians and their unique mission around the globe both in combat and in garrison.  He touches on the unique mission of Air Force Medicine and provides anecdotes from time spent as a pediatrician as well as a Flight Surgeon taking care of families and military pilots (“adolescents at heart”).


      He explains some of the unique challenges of being a staff officer at the Pentagon, but shares how rewarding it can be to make significant positive changes for the entire healthcare system such as developing and implementing TRICARE for Life.  He was able to leverage his experiences at the National War College to provide leadership with Joint Combatant Commands at SOUTHCOM and the Pacific Air Force. He shares many insights and lessons learned over a 40-year career.  You don’t want to miss this episode!


      Find out more about Dr. Murphy at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and visit our webpage and become part of Team WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.


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    • 39 min
    CAPT (Dr.) Joel Schofer- Deputy Chief of the Navy Medical Corps- Coaching and Mentoring Physicians in Career Development both Online and In-person.

    CAPT (Dr.) Joel Schofer- Deputy Chief of the Navy Medical Corps- Coaching and Mentoring Physicians in Career Development both Online and In-person.

       Dr. Schofer currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps (MC) at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). 


      In this episode Dr. Schofer shares his insights and stories from deployed experiences from OEF/OIF both as a General Medical Officer and later as an Emergency Medicine physician aboard the USS Pearl Harbor supporting the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  He has extensive experience as a senior Navy Medicine leader in multiple advisory roles and he describes the many tools he has created to support Navy MC officers development and promotion such as a podcast, a blog and a website www.MCCareer.org that already has over a million unique hits. 


      He describes his experience as the Commander of the Joint Medical Group and Joint Task Force Surgeon at GTMO and he shares what he learned as a NATO representative for the US on an Emergency Medicine expert panel. 


      At the end of the podcast there is a special bonus segment for Navy MC officers that covers some important advice about professional military education for military physicians.  He also relates some of his experiences in Navy Medicine obtaining an MBA degree and becoming a Certified Physician Executive.  Lot of pearls- Don’t miss it!


      Find out more about Dr. Schofer at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and visit our webpage and become part of Team WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.


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    • 36 min
    The Journey to Zero Harm- Exploring Quality and Safety in Military Medicine- COL(Ret) Evan Renz, MD, MPH (Part 2 of interview)

    The Journey to Zero Harm- Exploring Quality and Safety in Military Medicine- COL(Ret) Evan Renz, MD, MPH (Part 2 of interview)

       Dr. Renz currently serves as Deputy to the Commander at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC).   In this episode you will hear about the experiences Dr. Renz had and lessons he learned a completing a Senior Executive Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and earning his master’s degree in Public Health and Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.  His faculty advisor at Harvard was surgeon, author and public health researcher Dr. Atul Gawande.  Dr. Renz describes how the principles of High Reliability Organizations can be used to create a culture of quality and safety within Military Medicine facilities and across the deployed environment.  He lays out some of the challenges in adopting this shared mindset and provides some concrete examples of the benefits of an organization setting a serious goal of Zero Harm.  He also describes how Military hospitals such as BAMC can serve as the lynchpin to creating and sustaining a Ready Medical Force.  Dr. Renz is a leader, innovator and subject matter expert in quality and safety in the medical arena- you will be glad you listened to this episode!


      Find out more about Dr. Renz at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and visit our webpage and become part of Team WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.


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    • 21 min
    COL(Ret) Dr. Evan Renz: From Jumpmaster in the 82nd Airborne Division to Burn/Critical Care Surgeon Extraordinaire.

    COL(Ret) Dr. Evan Renz: From Jumpmaster in the 82nd Airborne Division to Burn/Critical Care Surgeon Extraordinaire.

       Dr. Renz has a distinguished 30+ year career in Army Medicine characterized by clinical excellence, leadership and service.   In this episode you will hear about the experiences Dr. Renz had as a Medical Service Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division where he became Ranger qualified and served as a jumpmaster.  He then served as an operations officer at USUHS, the military medical school training many future Medical Corps Leaders.  He talks about his experiences after training as a burn surgeon with the Army Burn Flight Team and taking care of patients at the USAISR Burn Center in San Antonio.  Dr. Renz provides insights and lessons learned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and how these resulted in saving many lives of injured servicemembers.  He even talks about a unique experience in Afghanistan caring for local children who had suffered circumcision complications.  COL(R) Renz has had an amazing and diverse experience in Military Medicine and you won’t be disappointed hearing some of the engaging stories from a distinguished career.


      Find out more about Dr. Renz at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and visit our webpage and become part of Team WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.


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    • 31 min
    COL(Ret) Alfonso “Al” Alarcon: Orthopedic Surgery and Military Medical Leadership Around the Globe

    COL(Ret) Alfonso “Al” Alarcon: Orthopedic Surgery and Military Medical Leadership Around the Globe

       Dr. Alarcon has a distinguished career of clinical excellence, leadership and service.  After 30+ years in the Army Medical Corps he currently is an Orthopedic Surgeon and the Director of Surgery and Specialty Care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, St. Cloud VA Health Care System.


     


      In this episode you will hear about some of the amazing experiences of Dr. Alarcon.  He talks about bookending his 30 years of military service by being assigned to the Sinai as a General Medical Officer as a Captain and then as a leader of a Forward Surgical Team as a Colonel decades later.  He tells the story of being part of the last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) to deploy in combat during an assignment in Iraq and how he and his unit had to be prepared to encounter weapons of mass destruction.  Later in Iraq he served as the U.S. Army Central Command Surgeon where he helped establish the joint-coalition medical support plan in support of the anti-ISIS efforts. Dr. Alarcon shares experiences supporting humanitarian missions in Nigeria, South America and Haiti and provides some insights on how TRICARE provides care for servicemembers and their families across the globe.  He describes how he and his colleagues cared for a young Iraqi who wound up with a below the knee amputation following trauma and how they were able to ultimately help that young man achieve his dream of walking his bride down the aisle.  What a career!


      Find out more about Dr. Alarcon at wardocspodcast.com/guest-bios and visit our webpage and become part of Team WarDocs at wardocspodcast.com.


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    • 30 min

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Very cool

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Great Podcast

As a new M1 HPSP recipient, this is a great podcast to listen to during my commute to school to get a perspective on what my future holds as a military physician. My one comment would be that the audio had a slight clicking or popping noise in the first 5 episodes. I haven’t listened to the rest but hopefully you can resolve this. Excited for more episodes!

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Amazing Podcast on Importance of Military Healthcare System

Just listened to COL Kevin Chung, MD, on the WARDOCS Podcast. An amazing presentation on role, responsibilities, challenges, and importance of our Military Healthcare System, and, in particular, Critical Care & Burn Trauma Care. From development of best-practices & clinical guidelines, to preparation for deployment, to research programs, to the importance of the Uniformed Services University in training Military Surgeons & Physicians, this PodCast offers valuable insight into the awesome service that Military Physicians & Surgeons provide to our Country, and their passion for providing the highest quality of care for Active-Duty Personnel, Retirees, and their Families. Looking forward to listening to other WARDOCS Podcasts.

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