2021 AMI Online Salon

Garrison vs. Expeditionary Surgical Environments

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Elizabeth Weissbrod
  • Client: Dr. Mark W. Bowyer, USU Department of Surgery
  • Copyright: The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Graphite, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Primary Audience: Senior Department of Defense Leadership

Project Description

The Department of Defense (DoD) Military Health System (MHS) provides complex surgical care in any operational environment and for all patients. Avoiding skill degradation between deployments within the MHS is possible by assuring as many surgical procedures are performed within the MHS through access to surgical training courses (eg. American College of Surgeons ASSET+ course) and with military-civilian partnerships. A series of regional surgical illustrations were created for presentations to help DoD leadership understand skill preservation and aid in making the connections between routine surgical procedures (garrison) and trauma surgical procedures (expeditionary environments). The neck series does this through diversity of patient populations, injuries/pathologies (scheduled carotid endarterectomy vs. battlefield gunshot wound), and available resources (eg. medical imaging, lighting/infrastructure, instruments, equipment, personnel, and PPE).