|USAF Major Jeff Leary, M.D., left, describes the materials in the Afghanistan display to UAB orthopedic surgeons Rena Stewart, M.D., and Jason Lowe, M.D., as well as members of the care team on the North Pavilion orthopedic trauma floor.|
SOST-SOCCET comprises trauma and orthopedic surgeons, emergency physicians, a nurse anesthetist, surgical scrub tech, critical-care nurse and respiratory tech. When not deployed overseas by the military, they work together at UAB: in surgery, in the trauma center and in the intensive-care units. Training at UAB allows the team to work as a unit, and provides the frequency and types of major trauma cases needed to prepare them for what they might see in battle. Their job when deployed is to provide far forward medical care to injured members of U.S. Special Forces teams during missions in any of the world’s dangerous hot spots.