PJ Medcast

PJ MEDCAST are the podcasts for PJ MED (Pararescue Medicine). Besides PJs, these podcasts may be useful to other Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian Medical Personnel involved in Tactical and Technical Rescue Medicine, and other facets of Operational Medicine. PJs may document the time they spend listening to podcasts as training for their training folders, and also apply towards Paramedic Recertification. This podcast represents the positions of the authors and may not represent the offical position of the Department of the Defense or the United States Government.
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Jun 18, 2018

This podcast introduces Sean Berman who has performed medical research on stem cells and TBI.  Stem cells hold promise in the treatment of various injuries and degenerative conditions and have been used by several clinics.

Sean will explain the science of stem cells and specifically stem cells harvested from a patient's own fat.

This is the first of several podcasts that will introduce you to stem cells, the state of current understanding and use, the promises and what is known.  The podcasts will culminate in discussions with PJs who have gone for this therapy.

The reference for the paper is:

Effective Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in

Rowett Nude Rats with Stromal Vascular

Fraction Transplantation

Sean Berman 1,*, Toni L. Uhlendorf 2, Mark Berman 1 and Elliot B. Lander 1

Brain Sci. 2018, 8, 112; doi:10.3390/brainsci8060112

Jun 12, 2018

Highlights from the meeting.



Jun 5, 2018

Highlights of the Special Operations Medical Scientific Assembly- Part 1 of 2.  Great meeting.

Being a member of SOMA (Special Operations Medical Association) should be part of your professional and medical development for a special operations medic / 18D , IDC or PJ. Attending this annual meeting is an important chance to network with colleagues from the other branches, hear lessons learned and subject matter experts.  Like using a foley in a wound track for hemorrhage control...


May 29, 2018

The history of memorial day is presented from the PJ Association website and Wikipedia.

The origin was Decoration Day, where Southern women decorated the graves of Civil War fallen.

Learn about the evolution of Memorial Day in our history.

Honoring the Gold Star Families of the Crew of Jolly 51 and all of our Fallen...

May 22, 2018

Part 2 of TCCC Committee paper on Tension Pnuemothorax and the new guidelines for management.

Fifth interspace anterior axillary line.

A Patrick PJ was laid to rest today.

"That Others May Live"

May 15, 2018

The TCCC Committee has made new changes to the management of suspected tension pneumothorax. 
They created a great paper on all of the aspects of this regarding diagnosis. management and controversial issues.

This is Part 1. 

Regards from SOMSA.  Thanks to many folks for coming up and saying hello. 
More feedback comes in on the value of this podcast to our amazing Operational Medics around the globe- Be safe.

Apr 16, 2018

Recent LLs from training.  

Apr 3, 2018

After the loss of Jolly 51 we engaged an Operational Psychologist to support the Wing and the Leadership.

We discuss the grieving process and loss, and how Operators deal with it different from civilians.

What are normal reactions to death, and when do we need to intervene and seek support to prevent long term problems related to the loss of teammates and friends?

These issues and more are discussed in Part 1 of this conversation.

Support the Pararescue Foundation!

Mar 27, 2018

In memory of the crew of Jolly 51.

Remember the aviators and operators.

I review a few things we stressed on base this week that are helpful getting through these difficult times to deal with those close to us who are suffering and to help you get through these challenging tragedies.

The 2 Vs- ventilate and validate.
Go thru the different phases of grief.

Grieve- remember- move forward.

"That Others May Live"

Mar 12, 2018

Here is a simple and concise way to approach PFC from the working group.  It is a nice re-look at how to view it.



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check out the news for a recent Portalng PJ rescue on Mt Hood.

Mar 6, 2018

Continuation of great thoughts on leadership.


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Feb 27, 2018

Leadership is about character.

Leadership means influencing people.

Influencing people requires building relationships with them.

Advanced skills are the basics mastered.

Practice the basics daily!



Feb 19, 2018

Our good friend Dr Mazzoli created a publication from the vision center for excellence.  OCS (orbital compartment syndrome) can result from trauma to the head, face and orbit, resulting in increased pressure behind the eye threatening the retina and optic nerve. This is a potentially preventible cause of blindness. This podcast discusses what OCS is.  You need to learn it on a specimen. It is relatively straightforward.  You can look for it on youtube.  The document will go out in the next Med newsletter and can also be found on PJ


Please send donations to to help defray costs of the winter retreat.



Jan 18, 2018

This episode discusses historical aspects of aeromedical evacuation and goes into some detail of the three platforms operating out of helmand province in OEF. These were Army Dustoff, Air Force Rescue (PEDRO) and the British MERT platforms.

The information is from a Journal of Trauma paper discussing the way forward for FAME ( forward aeromedical evacuation).

Jan 1, 2018

This episode discusses the new winter 2018 JSOM article validating MARCH PAWS as a checklist for Operational Medicine.

This review was based on 465 consecutive patients during a single PJ deployment at Bastion during OEF.

Happy New Year!

Dec 26, 2017

Moffet puts on an annual PJ paramedic recertification course in Tahoe.  Here are some lessons learned (LLs) and foot stomps for Pararescue Medicine.

Emphasis on care under fire and TCCC.

Check with Moffet in the summer if you are interested in their course in the beautiful, mountainous woods of South Lake Tahoe.


Merry Christmas- Happy Hanukah- Happy New Year!

Dec 18, 2017

In part 2 of this discussion regarding the value of psychological skills training, we continue the discussion of BTSF, Beat The Stress Fool.  We discuss the process and evidence supporting self Talk (instructional and motivational), visualization (See), and the use of a Focus word ( a go word, or trigger).

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year.  Please consider a donation to the Pararescue Foundation in your end of year giving.

Dec 7, 2017

In part 1 of psychological skills training we introduce the concept and discuss tactical breathing.  This article by med student and prior PJ Mike Lauria is in the Annals of Emergency Medicine Dec 2017. Vol 70 Issue 6, p 884.

The research supporting this is presented and discussed in the context of special operations and emergency medicine resuscitations.


Send money to the PJ Foundation to support the winter retreat for operators.


Nov 27, 2017

What are the key differences between leadership and management and how do you exploit them to achieve strategic and tactical objectives?

Lessons from the business world applied to our world-



Nov 20, 2017

We introduce a new feature to share quick lessons learned from training.


If you have points you think we should get out to the career field email them to me if you have my address, the PJ Med Programs Manager at Langley, or to



Oct 30, 2017

The I-gel has a series of benefits that make it attractive as an extra glottic airway (EGA). This podcast reviews the paper that will be in the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and discusses the role of EGAs in the pre-hospital environment and why the I-gel is preferred.

PJs- pls send a check to the Pararescue Foundation and do a fundraiser once a year.  Chief (RET) Jones is expanding the services and needs your support.

Oct 4, 2017

Doc Menon is an AF Flight Surgeon with prior OEF deployments with Moffet,  and a NASA Crew Surgeon. He discusses his background with experience on Mt Everest and in Haiti after the earthquake, and how they impact how he thinks about care in Space and other low resource, austere environments. 

He then gives us an overview of what happens to humans in space from a medical and physiological perspective, as well as what PJs should expect when you pull an Astronaut out of the capsule.

Finally, we get a brief operational overview of the coming space mission. 

This concise discussion contains good intel for SA for the Space Recovery Mission.

Look into the Pararescue Foundation for the March winter retreat and ski tour for Operators in need of decompression and reconstitution.

Sep 20, 2017

Travis discusses highlights of 2 important mil med meetings in the past month:  TCCC Committee and the Military Health Services Research Symposium.

Sep 12, 2017

Mike Lauria is a Med student, prior STS PJ turned Flight Medic. He discusses his experiences as they would be relevant to special needs populations during disaster response and his transition to becoming a Flight Medic which is another great career option if you want to stay operational. 

Look into Kyle Faudree's training if you are interested in becoming a flight medic at

On this September 11 we remember our fallen and honor our police, fire and EMS first responders, and Nation's warriors.

Keep our PJs and others operating right now in response to Hurricane Irma.

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