WVU Medicine to Train Green Berets

Jun 17, 2016

  A new partnership between the U.S. Army Special Forces and West Virginia University Medicine will train green berets to become Special Forces Medical Sergeants.

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It’s the first academic medical center in the country to host clinical rotations for soldiers that are training to become the Special Forces Medical Sergeants, according to a press release from WVU Medicine.

The training is part of the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course. When the soldiers arrive in Morgantown, they’ll already have completed training in laboratory, veterinary and surgical medicine. Those in the program are considered some of the highest trained trauma medics in the United States military.

While at WVU Medicine, they’ll work in obstetrics, pediatrics, oral surgery, nursing, anesthesiology, general surgery and other programs.

After graduation, the meds are assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha and deployed all over the world as the sole medic for a team of special forces soldiers. 

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