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We have a new feature on the JSOM!

Coming with each edition of the journal, Captains Alex Merkle and Josh Randles will review select articles from the journal. These articles will be selected based on merit, interest, and application for operators in the field.

We hope you find these Podcasts as informative and enjoyable as we do.

If you have any comments or suggestions for future podcasts, you can contact our podcasters at podcast@jsomonline.org.

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Fall 2019

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the official JSOM podcast! In this edition, we'll be providing a brief review of:

  1. Review: Getting Tourniquets Right = Getting Tourniquets Tight
    Wall PL, Buising CM, Sahr SM
  2. Interventions Performed on Multipurpose Military Working Dogs in the Prehospital Combat Setting: A Comprehensive Case Series Report
    Reeves LK, Mora AG, Field A, Redman TT

  3. Additionally, we'll be doing a research 'deep dive' and author interview from:
  4. The Use of Tranexamic Acid in the Prehospital Setting: A Retrospective Study
    Boever J, Krasoski MS, Brandt M, Woods T

Please let us know what you think of this new quarterly product via any of our social media channels, and thanks for listening!

Winter 2019

Volume 2 of the Journal Podcast reviews the Winter 2019 Journal of Special Operations Medicine. This podcast will focus on the following articles:

  1. Shared Blood: Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical Team (ERST-5) Use of Local Whole Blood to Improve Resuscitation of Host Nation Partner Forces
    Bowman M, Ashbaucher J, Cohee B, Fisher MS, Jennette JB, Huse JD, Copeland C, Muir KB
  2. The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Drones in Tactical/Operational Medicine
    Bradley KD

  3. Guest host Ricky Ditzel, Research and Development lead @ SOM-C, will review:
  4. Getting "SMART" on Shock Treatment: An Evidence-Based Mnemonic Acronym for the Initial Management of Hemorrhage
    Thompson P, Hudson AJ

As always, please let us know how we can do better and what you think we should focus on to help improve the delivery of SOF medic care in the field. We can be reached via any of the social media platforms, or directly @ podcast@jsomonline.org

Meet the Podcasters

We have a couple of ambitious young go-getters who have taken on the task of introducing and discussing the important topics in each issue of the JSOM. Alex Merkle has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine for several years, and provides expert reviews and analysis for many of the submissions to our journal. Josh Randles also lectures and teaches our SOF medics, keeping our front-line medics up-to-date on the latest techniques and procedures.

Alex Merkle in Med Tent

Alex currently works as a trauma surgery PA at a community hospital. He still pays homage to his pre-hospital roots by volunteering with a Search and Rescue team in the Lake Tahoe area, where he gets to refine his austere medicine, technical rescue and Nordic mountaineering skills. And continues to enjoy teaching austere medicine courses across the globe. Additionally, Alex is the first reservist to have attend the Army's Surgical/Critical Care PA fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center and currently serves as a reservist within SOCOM. In the past, Alex has worked medical support missions in isolated postings across Alaska, remote Pacific islands and Antarctic field camps.

Josh Randles

Josh is unsure if the beatings actually improve morale, but thinks a prospective randomized trial could probably clear that up for ya. He is a Physician Assistant in the US Army assigned to a surgical team out of North Carolina. Aside from waxing poetic about medical literature he enjoys hiking, rock climbing, ceramics and dancing in the rain.