Military Medicine

The Largest Military-Civilian Partnership of Its Kind

UMC is home to the largest military-civilian partnership of its kind in the United States. From the fast-paced environment of Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center to high-tech operating rooms equipped with the latest advances in clinical robotics, UMC integrates approximately 100 U.S. Air Force medics into clinical practice at any given time. This innovative partnership not only prepares Air Force medics for future deployments, but also provides community members with improved access to expertly trained military physicians, nurses and medical technicians.

Formally known as the Las Vegas Military-Civilian Partnership, this large-scale program includes a wide range of community partners working alongside the Air Force, including: UMC, the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center, North Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, AMR Las Vegas, AirMed International, the Southern Nevada Health District and local private practice groups. 

On the military side of the partnership, three major Air Force organizations are involved: Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base, the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, and highly specialized Surgical Operations Teams tasked with providing life-saving care on battlefields across the globe.

Life-Saving Care

Air Force medics play an active role in caring for patients across UMC’s campus, providing highly specialized treatment in a wide range of clinical units, including the world-renowned UMC Trauma Center. Over the years, these health care professionals have become an integral part of UMC’s crisis response efforts, responding alongside their civilian counterparts to provide life-saving care and valuable hope during the community’s darkest hours. 

A Rich History of Collaboration

UMC’s partnership with the Air Force started in 2002, and the Office of Military Medicine was introduced in 2019 to serve as a central coordinating authority for the diverse group of military and civilian organizations involved in the partnership. This office is led by Dr. Jeremy Kilburn, a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a trusted pulmonary  and critical care physician. 

The U.S. Department of Defense has taken note of this successful program, and the expansive and highly coordinated Las Vegas Military-Civilian Partnership now serves as a model for military partnership programs across the nation.

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