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Posted on: October 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 184th Medical Group gets hands-on training at KU Medical Center

184th Medical Group gets hands-on training at KU Medical Center

It was to this end that 24 members of the 184th Wing Medical Group, Kansas Air National Guard, Wichita, ventured to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, July 6-17 to brush up on their medical skills and learn new ones.

“This was the first time since the COVID pandemic that the KU Medical Center was able to work with the Air National Guard,” said Staff Sgt. Marisa McGregor, flight and operational medical technician. “This was my first time going to KU Medical Center for this type of training and I am hoping that this will not be the last!”

“Most of our annual training since COVID has been home station so it was really nice to get to master skills that we aren’t able to do here,” said Tech. Sgt. Emily Brun, Aerospace Medical Services technician.

McGregor and Brun both found the training to be quite valuable, since neither is employed full time in the Medical Group.

“I’ve been full time with Force Support Squadron in personnel since January 2023, while still drilling and doing training with the Medical Group,” said Brun. “As a medic, I was able to practice clinical skills, including IV start and discontinuation, administering medications within our scope of practice, lab work blood draws, ventilation care, nasogastric tube insertion, and conducting patient intake interviews to obtain a medical history.

“Our own clinic doesn’t always afford us the opportunities and kind of experience we need to accomplish our yearly training, so to be able to have partnerships with a medical center like KU Med is super helpful and gives us a lot of experience we wouldn’t otherwise have on a daily basis.”

“KU Medical Center is a level one trauma center, which provided us the opportunity to face daily challenges,” said McGregor, who works in the wing’s Recruiting Office. “I was pushed outside of my comfort zone, but I am confident that I am a better medic now thanks to this training. Nothing can compare to the hands-on clinical experience that KU Med Center provided us.”

The training benefits went beyond just skill-building.

“It was also great for getting closer as a team and building morale among the nurses and medics,” said Brun. “We are truly one big family.”

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