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Dr. (Maj.) William Bynum, 11th Medical Group, is one of the attending faculty members assigned to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital's Family Medicine Residency Program. A former resident of the program, Bynum has been assigned to the FMR Program for his entire seven-year career as an Air Force commissioned officer. (Photo by Reese Brown) Making Dr. Airman
Across the National Capital Region, Capital Medics of the 11th Medical Group deliver 42 world-class healthcare specialties to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries. To be proficient in their jobs, all of the Airmen undergo some kind of rigorous formal education and training that enable them to be Excellent In All They Do. For some new Air Force doctors, this means stepping out of the classroom and into an operational medical clinic as a resident family medicine physician. Dr. (Maj.) William Bynum, 11th Medical Group, is one of the attending faculty members assigned to the National Capital Consortium Family Medicine Residency Program at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va., where today’s clinical residents are formed into tomorrow’s officer leaders and expert family medicine providers.
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Lt. Col Candy Wilson (right), 779th Medical Group nurse practitioner, consults a human anatomy chart to determine where to place a Calmare electrode for treating Carol Celeste Gray, a Tricare beneficiary May 30, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Gray suffers from chronic regional pain syndrome on the left side of her body that developed after being treated for a broken elbow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Yanik) Nerve Scrambler Therapy lessens pain for warfighters, Tricare patients
In reality, NST is one of the 79th Medical Wing’s most cutting edge methods, or modalities, for managing chronic and debilitative nerve pain that impacts warfighters’ job performance and long term quality of life. “Like many civilians, military patients sometimes experience nerve pain after they’ve healed from injuries or have been treated for diseases,” said Lt. Col. Wilson, 779th Medical Group nurse scientist and NST practitioner. “NST has proven to be a viable alternative to opioids for reducing or eliminating this kind of pain.”
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Dr. Williams Gensheimer (standing), 779th Medical Group’s Warfighter Eye Center chief, conducts a briefing for patients scheduled to undergo corneal refractive surgery May 15, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Gensheiemer, one of the Center’s ophthalmologists, dsicussed the risks about eye surgery, how he will conduct the procedure step-by-step and what the patients can expect after the CRS is complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Yanik) Warfighters have vision improved at 779th MDG’s Eye Center
The ophthalmology team at the wing’s 779th Medical Group’s Warfighter Eye Center located at Joint Base Andrews, Md., performs state-of-the-art corrective laser eye surgery on Airmen warfighters so they can focus on doing their jobs on land, in the air, space and cyberspace.
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A positive lead transmitting an electrical pulse clings to a needle inserted into the leg of a patient March 28, 2017 at the Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Clinic at Joint Base Andrews, Md. With the electro-acupuncture technique, an electrical pulse helps relieve muscle tension and stimulates natural anti-pain chemicals throughout a patient’s body. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Yanik) USAF AIM center places needle focus on warfighters’ health
Specifically designed with the warfighter in mind, the 779th MDG’s Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine facility is the DoD’s only clinic with full-time, dedicated licensed acupuncture physicians delivering needle and non-needle pain management options to thousands of military and civilian patients every year.
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Senior Airman Christopher Connolly (center sitting), 779th Aerospace Medical Squadron physiologist, and students await the beginning of their altitude training course while inside an enclosed chamber March 16, 2017, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. All of the students were undergoing refresher training, required every five years, to test their ability to identify how their bodies reacted in an environment with varying levels of air pressure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Yanik) Operational physiology training preps Airmen for flight
To learn how to identify these symptoms in themselves and in others, approximately 1,200 civilian and military fliers, like Nielson, undergo altitude simulation training every year at the 11th Medical Group's Aerospace Medical Squadron facility at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
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Lt. Col. Candy Wilson, 779th Medical Group chief nurse, sets a pillow under the head of an actor posing as a patient injured April 26, 2017 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The actor portrayed a patient suffering from a head injury and body lacerations resulting from a mock nuclear attack that occurred within the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Yanik) 79th MDW nurses, medical techs deliver trusted care in all the right places
This Friday concludes National Nurses Week 2017, a time designated by the American Nurses Association to celebrate our country’s nursing professionals who lend their expertise and training to advance the health and wellness of their patients. For more than 455,000 beneficiaries across the National Capital Region, the Air Force medical team, including more than 200 Airmen and 85 civilian nurses, serving under the 79th Medical Wing, stands ready to deliver a wide spectrum of medical care. “The Air Force celebrates Nurse-Technician Week because these medical professionals work together as a team,” said Col. Marina Ray, 79th MDW chief nurse. Ray is responsible for nursing practice and professional development oversight of the wing’s nurses.
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