First MEDEVAL Course of 2023
The NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (NATO MILMED COE) has been active in ensuring the interoperability of medical units via its activities practically since its establishment. Our work in concepts, doctrine, processing of observations, and validating Lessons Learned and our courses are all key elements of this, but there comes a time when evaluating how well a team, a medical unit, or a treatment facility is needed, and that’s where our Medical Evaluator Course or MEDEVAL for short comes into play.
MEDEVAL of Norwegian Role 2 Forward
At the Norwegian base in Sessvollmoen, near Oslo, a team of Subject Matter Experts carried out a MEDEVAL in the third week of November 2022. They evaluated the rapidly deployable Role 2 Forward of the Norwegian Army.
MEDEVAL Course in Norway
Recently the NATO MILMED COE and 4 instructors from Hungary, USA, Netherlands, Norway executed and facilitated a MEDEVAL Course at the Military Barracks of the Sessvollmoen garrison in Sessvollmoen, close to Oslo in Norway.
I-Med course in Tartu, Estonia
The Tartu Ambulance Foundation and the Estonian Military Academy hosted the third Baltic Region DOE International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries (I-Med) course that took place in Tartu, Estonia from 31 October till 4 November 2022.
Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) Course, Budapest, Hungary
NATO MILMED COE successfully conducted the MIMMS autumn session, between 10-13 October 2022, in Budapest, Hungary
Medical professionals visited the dog patrol unit
In September, the medical staff of the HDF Medical Centre and the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine visited the patrol dog unit of the HDF Pápa Airbase.
Health Information Systems and Technology Working Group
The Health Information Systems and Technology Working Group (HIST-WG), Medical Information Exchange Requirements Panel (Med-IER P), and Tele-Health Panel (TH-P) took place from 12-16 September 2022 in Madrid, Spain. One of our colleagues, LT COL Przemek Romelczyk has represented the NATO MILMED COE in the Working Group.
Change of Command in the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
On September 28, 2022, the NATO MILMED COE's Change of Command ceremony took place in Budapest. From October 2022, Colonel Dr. László Fazekas will take over the Director’s position of NATO MILMED COE from Brigadier General Dr. Dirk-Friedrich Klagges, who has been the Director of the Centre since 2019.
Medical Man in action
24 Subject Matter Experts, coming from 11 countries, coordinated by the NATO MILMED COE, carried out a MEDEVAL in the third week of September, 2022 in Hradec Králové (Czech Republic).
International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries (I-MED) course in Tartu, Estonia
From 31 October to 4 November 2022 the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the NATO MILMED COE are organizing the International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries (I-Med) course in Tartu, Estonia.
NATO Health Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation Courses 2023
Online and in person at the French armed forces centre for public health and epidemiology (CESPA) in Marseille, France.
Vigorous Warrior 24 preparation in full swing
We are glad to inform you that we started the preparation for the next iteration of the Vigorous Warrior Multinational Medical Exercise Series, which will be held in spring 2024 in Hungary.
Lessons Learned and Innovation Branch visit to KFOR
Recently, our colleagues from the Lessons Learned and Innovation Branch of the NATO MILMED COE (LLIB) have conducted a visit to the KFOR mission, click to read their summary.
The NATO Near Real Time Surveillance Tool performs excellently on two exercises within 2 weeks
The NATO Near Real Time Surveillance Tool (NRTS) was deployed on the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise 22 (CWIX 22) and the Exercise CLEAN CARE 22 in June. CWIX 22 was a virtual exercise, with the training audience split between the NATO Joint Force Training Centre in Bydgoszcz and logging in from all over the world via a secure connection on 13-17 June 22. Exercise CLEAN CARE 22 in the Czech Republic was a live exercise on 18-23 Jun 22. The purpose of both these engagements were to test the NRTS tool with scenarios that would exploit its capabilities and enable us to understand the utility of the tool across National and multinational medical treatment facilities (MTF).
Medical Combat Care in Maritime Operations Course in Greece
MILMED COE is delighted to see how medical topics get the attention they deserve with all military branches and situations. NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre is pleased to invite NATO and partner nations to participate to “21000 - Medical Combat Care in Maritime Operations” Course that will take place on 12–23 September 2022 in Chania, Greece.
Force Health Protection Event 2022: "Focus on Health Surveillance"
Following the success of the FHP Online Event in 2021, the Force Health Protection Branch of the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine is hosting a hybrid event in 2022.
Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) course
NATO MILMED COE successfully conducted the MIMMS spring session, between 9-12 May 2022, in Budapest, Hungary
I-MED course in Tallinn, Estonia
From 25-29 April 2022 the US Department of Energy (DOE) conducted the International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries (I-Med) course in Tallinn, Estonia.
27th Steering Committee Meeting in Budapest
The 27th Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine has been concluded in Budapest, Hungary 27-28 April, 2022.
Vigorous Warrior 22 - Casualty Move 22
From 3 to 9 April 2022, the VW22-CAMO22 combined Tabletop Exercise was successfully completed in Hungary.
VW22 - CAMO22 Scenario Vignettes Working Group
The NATO MILMED COE in Budapest had the pleasure to receive the participants in the last meeting of the Scenario Vignettes Working Group (SVWG) for the final preparation for the TTX this year.
MEDEVAL Course in Landstuhl, Germany
From 22 to 25 February 2022 NATO MILMED COE organized a MEDEVAL Course in the Landstuhl area, Germany.
Next MIMMS Course in May 2022 - Registration is open
The great Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) course is perfect to provide you the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage the scene of a major casualty incident in a military environment. The next MIMMS course will be held this May on 9th-12th.
Dominique-Jean Larrey Award
On the 9th December the FHP Branch of the NATO MILMED COE together with the NATO MedIntel Panel has been received the NATO COMEDS Dominique Jean Larrey award 2021.
FHP Course: MED-MS-31669
The next NATO HEALTH SURVEILLANCE AND MULTINATIONAL MANAGEMENT OF EPIDEMIC CRISIS FOR OPERATIONAL AND STRATEGIC MEDICAL LEADERS Course will take place at the Centre d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique des Armées (CESPA), Marseille from the 16-20 May 2022.
A Letter of Intent was reached on cooperation between Georgia and the NATO MILMED COE
On 18 November, the Georgian Minister of Defence Juansher Burchuladze visited the NATO MILMED COE headquarters in Budapest to sign the Letter of Intent, which was previously signed by Brigadier General Dr. Dirk-Friedrich Klagges.
MEDEVAL in Ukraine
Between 7 and 12 November 2021 an international team of Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) from Hungary, Norway, Romania, Spain, the USA and The Netherlands, coordinated by MILMED COE carried out a medical evaluation activity - MEDEVAL - of the strategic aeromedical evacuation capability of a Ukrainian aircraft unit - UKR AN26 „Vita”, temporarily located in Zythomir - Ukraine.
FHP Event: Covid-19; A retrospective look at a turbulent time - Munich
The Force Health Protection Branch (FHPB) of the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine hosted an online Force Health Protection Event on 03-04 November 2021.
The Main Planning Conference of the Vigorous Warrior 22 - Casualty Move 22 combined Tabletop Exercise has been concluded in Budapest, Hungary.
The NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (NATO MILMED COE) and the Multinational Medical Coordination Centre/ European Medical Command (MMCC/EMC – more info at: Multinational Medical Coordination Centre / European Medical Command (bundeswehr.de) ), are combining their expertise and know-how to create a unique training event for the benefit of NATO’s medical realm.
One step closer to the pre-COVID period: Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) course in Budapest
In September, MILMED COE received in Budapest the first participants since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two courses have been held back-to-back, covering several aspects including preparation, communications/ radio procedures, command and control and triage through series of lectures, skills stations, workshops, table-top exercises, Hospital Exercise (HOSPEX) and practical exercises without casualties (PEWCS).
Virtual International Medical Management of Radiation Injuries (IV-MED)
The IV-MED course is designed to teach participants how to respond to medical emergencies involving radiation exposure/contamination and how to improve the treatment and care of the injured. The course consists of a combination of lectures, demonstrations and exercises.
Force Health Protection Event: Covid-19; A retrospective look at a turbulent time
It is a pleasure to announce the Force Health Protection (FHP) Event which will take place virtually in Munich, 3-4 November 2021. After having to cancel last year’s FHP congress we decided to conduct a smaller event in 2021 before returning to a regular congress again in 2022.
NATO Military Medicine Conference
Update 2021.08.30: Please note that this event has been canceled, but is likely to be organized with a broader spectrum in 2022. We will keep you posted here and our social media sites on the developments.
The NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine has decided to hold the first event of its NATO Military Medicine Conference series with the following title and topic: Tactical Combat Casualty Care 25 yrs — NATO Missions in Afghanistan 20 yrs.
NATO Medical Support Experimenter Course (NMSEC)
Centres of Excellence (COEs) are international military organizations that train and educate leaders and specialists from NATO member and partner countries. The NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine has become one of the leading expert organizations within NATO cooperating and supporting military medical Concept Development & Experimentation activities.
Medical CD&E Extranet Portal available
The NATO MILMED COE has just launched the new Medical Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) Extranet Portal. The Portal is dedicated especially to those, who are working in the field of CD&E.
Medical Innovation Newsletter
We are pleased to announce the novelty of the Lessons Learned and Innovation Branch: Medical Innovation newsletter.
Medical Messenger's e-Catalogue update
The Military Medical Journal’s e-Catalogue is available with the latest update on the Medical Messenger’s website.
Poland has joined the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
On the 2nd of June 2021, the Polish flag was raised in a ceremonial way at the NATO MILMED COE Headquarters in Budapest, welcoming Poland’s accession to the organization.
New content on Medical Messenger!
We would like to introduce a new page on the Medical Messengers’s website. Choose the Medical Messenger Videos menu and watch different videos and podcasts from our Branches on various topics.
Innovation Portal: the new source of information
At our last Steering Committee Meeting, in December 2020, Lessons Learned and Innovation Branch identified as an Innovation goal to become a source of information on new and developing technologies of operational medical interest. We have developed the "Innovation Portal" as a means to capture and share innovation information – from ideas to newly developed capabilities. We are doing this in the belief that by increasing awareness of Innovation ideas and developments, we can speed the adoption of new technologies and innovative processes within NATO.
A major update for the Military Medical Journals e-Catalogue
One of our never-ending tasks is to collect and distribute information in the Alliance's medical realm. This time around, we thought it to be useful to collect relevant military-medical journals and to add them to our Catalogue.
Medical Messenger has a new addition to its list of articles
A new article titled Evidence-based medicine: lessons learned from the NATO Military Medical Center of Excellence has been added to our ever-growing list of materials, this time around co-authored by our very own Col. Dr. Petr Král, the head of our Interoperability Branch. Click to read the abstract and to head over to the article itself!
New article on the Medical Messenger!
It is always a pleasure to act as a platform for medical papers from all over the NATO medical community. However, it is even better to promote our own scientific papers. Our Interoperability Branch is engaged in many practical activities, but they also have a scholarly vein too. Maj Jacopo Frassini, MD; LtC Zoltán Tóth, MD; Col Petr Král, MD has authored the article titled “Flight Surgeons, Aerospace Medicine And NATO Aeromedical Doctrine: Where Is The Alliance For Flight Safety?”, so click here to read the abstract and the article.
The e-Catalogue of Military Medical Journals is available on the Medical Messenger
The NATO MILMED COE is the open door of NATO for everything medical and in that vein, strives to be the central knowledge hub in military medicine. Part of this effort is to maintain awareness of relevant military medical journals and other publications, that may interest our partners.
Manual for Medical Experimentation in Exercises now available on MILMED COE's Extranet
The creation and custodianship of key medical documents is one of our most important tasks, with the creation of this Manual, MILMED COE provides relevant and up-to-date guidance on a critically important area in medical exercises.
MILMED COE Training Branch visit to the Department of Operational Medicine of Pécs University
The Department of Operational Medicine of Pécs University and the NATO MILMED COE continue to build on their 8-year partnership. The aim of this visit was to identify new possibilities of cooperation and innovation and to share recommendations for future scientific work and practical cooperation. A summary of the visit by WO Attila KECSKÉS.
NATO Force Health Protection Conference 2020 postponed
We regret to announce that due to the pandemic, the NATO Force Health Protection Conference 2020, planned for 21-25 September in France will be postponed.
Journal of Military and Veterans Health Editorial Board Vacancies
NATO MILMED COE is happy to support our partners in finding the right audience for their materials and requests, so we are delighted to bring this opportunity to your attention!
COVID STRATEGY - Systematic concentric circle testing methodology - updated
The NATO MILMED COE is taking a deeper look at the possible strategies to fight the pandemic. This article has been written by LtCol. Daniel Aron on one such method. The article has been extended and supported by Prof Dr. Ken Boffard from University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and Dr. Linda Sonesson Senior Clinical Education Fellow, Honorary Research Fellow, Collaborative Partnerships Office, Faculty of Medicine: South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, United Kingdom; Department of Learning, Informatics, Management, and Ethics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
List of canceled events
The NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine takes pride in the fact that is an active knowledge centre, with many events and courses that serve the betterment and transformation of NATO’s medical capabilities. Nevertheless, our motto is still “Committed to the Health of our Forces” and we take it seriously. Therefore, adhering to National regulations and our own analysis, and by consulting with our partners, we announce the cancellation/postponement of the following events.
Further COE events canceled
As Europe and the whole world is aiming to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic, NATO MILMED COE also has to make some hard choices and keep its commitment to the health of our forces as the first priority.
Canceled - NATO MILMED COE Events in Italy
While we are a proud organizer of a wealth of events in service of NATO, the health of our forces and the public must take precedence. Therefore, MILMED COE Management have decided to cancel all of our events in Italy until the end of March.
The Force Health Protection Branch of the NATO MILMED COE is closely monitoring the developments regarding the novel Corona-virus 2019-nCoV. On this page we will keep posting updates to the situation and you can find all of our assessments and publications on the topic so far.
2020 Annual Discipline Conference and Military Medical Training Working Group
The Department Head (DH) for the Medical Support discipline, together with the Chairs of the COMEDS Military Medical Training Working Group (MMT WG) is pleased to invite you to the 2020 Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) in conjunction with the MMT WG meeting hosted by the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, Chania, Greece, 30 MARCH – 03 APRIL 2020.
MULTINATIONAL MEDICAL APPROACH IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
From 3 to 5 December 2019, the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) hosted a second workshop of the Multinational Capability Development Campaign Medical Modular Approach Employment (MCDC MMA Emp) project. This workshop was attended by representatives from 7 participating nations (CZE, DEU, FIN, NLD, ROU, UK, USA) and 2 supporting organisations – MILMED COE and the European Defence Agency.
“A GOOD SCRIPT IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS...”
From 3 to 7 December 2018, the Bundeswehr Medical Academy welcomed 47 officers and civilian representatives from twelve nations to its premises... From 3 to 7 December 2018, the Bundeswehr Medical Academy welcomed 47 officers and civilian representatives from twelve nations to its premises... From 3 to 7 December 2018, the Bundeswehr Medical Academy welcomed 47 officers and civilian representatives from twelve nations to its premises...
“THE FIRST CONFERENCE FOR MEDICAL SIMULATION APPLIED TO LARGE SCALE EXERCISES”
In line with the PXD VIGOROUS WARRIOR 2019 conclusions, in order to improve quality of medical exercises and to increase realism in simulation, the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE) in cooperation with the Bundeswehr Medical Academy is organizing the first Conference for Medical Simulation Applied to Large Scale Exercises, taking place from 28 to 31 October 2019 in the Bundeswehr Medical Academy in Munich, Germany.
2nd NATO MEDICAL LESSONS LEARNED CONFERENCE ON CIV-MIL INTERACTION
We proudly announce that following the successful first iteration, the 2nd Civilian - Military Medical Lessons Learned Conference will be held in Litchfield, the United Kingdom in the Surgeon General’s Headquarters at Defence Medical Services (Whittington). The conference is co-organised by the Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine and UK Defence Medical Service, the date is 6-9 May 2019.