“The family medical physicians we train here really have a special capability when they complete their training,” the three-star general said. “It’s a critical requirement. Our Air Force has been more in demand today than we have been historically so we have airmen deployed around the world engaged in combat operations and all those airmen need the support of family care physicians.”
The Air Force has 4,000 doctors on active duty, and 2,000 who serve as reservists, Ediger said. Good Samaritan graduates two to three Air Force doctors who complete family medical internships every year.
Dr. Jennifer Wolf, 41, an Air Force major and flight surgeon in the first year of the family medicine training at Good Samaritan, has delivered babies and worked in the hospital’s emergency room to help treat overdosed patients.
Good Samaritan Hospital President Eloise Broner talks about a hospital program that trains Air Force flight surgeons in family medicine in Dayton. Video produced by Barrie Barber.
She has completed a three-year aerospace medicine residency at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base prior to coming to the Dayton hospital. She’s treated pediatric patients at Dayton Children’s Hospital as part of her training.
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“In the Air Force, we tend to have a really healthy population so being able to work in a community just lets us see a lot of sick patients, helps us integrate in the community, and we take that skill and knowledge back to the Air Force to provide really good care to our airmen and their families,” the San Francisco, Calif., area native said.
In 2013, Good Samaritan and the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine partnered with Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and Premier Health to start family medical internships for flight surgeons, Broner said.