J Med Assoc Thai 2009; 92 (2):140

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How We Teach Military Medicine to Medical Cadets at Phramongkutklao College of Medicine
Panichkul S Mail, Rangsin R , Aimpun P , Mungthin M , Pradubpongsa P , Heebthamai D , Areekul W

Phramongkutklao College of Medicine has a unique curriculum for “Military Medicine.” Military
Medicine involves prevention, threat assessment, evacuations and clinical management of diseases and injuries
resulting from military occupational exposures. The Military Medicine curriculum covers all the entities of
knowledge of Military Sciences, Combat Medical Skills, Military Preventive Medicine, Military Applied
Physiology and Military Contingency Medicine. The highlight of the curriculum is “Operation Petcharavut”
that represents simulated battlefield operations, involving multidisciplinary clinical integration and military
regulation. In this course, medical cadets review all the knowledge that they have learnt and in addition,
Medical Platoon leader strategies, Advanced Cardiac Life support and Phramongkutklao Traumatic Life
support, crucial medical practices. Medical cadets would experience simulated patients with minimal injuries
to critical wounds and complications including combat stress syndromes in various situations, from advancing
to retreating units and from Battalion Aid Station to Division Medical Operations Center, whether during day
or night.

Since the medical cadets experience all Military Medicine courses from the second to the sixth year
class and pass all medical knowledge-based examinations, Phramongkutklao College of Medicine expects
all graduates to be excellent in not only all standard requirements of the medical professional set forth by the
Medical Council of Thailand but also ready to serve the nation effectively in the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

Keywords: Advanced cardiac life support, Military medicine, Military contingency medicine, Phramongkutklao
traumatic life support, Integration


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