The Military Medicine Program serves as a resource for research across the institution related to the Department of Defense (DOD). The program supports broad focus areas, specialized studies and cooperative research consortiums.

Dozens of Mayo Clinic researchers receive funding for projects that advance national health, sustainability, security and education by developing new technologies and solutions. Collaborative relationships are common, including recent partnerships with Mayo's Aerospace Medicine and Vestibular Research, Orthopedic Biomechanics Research, and Assistive and Restorative Technology labs. 

Mod-Sim Consortium

The Mod-Sim Consortium provides an infrastructure to develop and sustain the most advanced medical modeling and simulation capability globally. The aim of the consortium is rapid development, testing and dissemination of high-value modeling and simulation solutions to real-world problems. The consortium sites engage in investigator-initiated and sponsor-initiated research that receives financial support from internal funds, industry, government and other sources.

Along with Mayo Clinic, participating institutions include:

  • University of Pittsburgh — coordinating center.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
  • R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland.
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

SD3 education research study

As part of the Mod-Sim Consortium, Mayo Clinic Military Medicine has received $810,000 from the DOD for a two-year study titled, "Skills Determination, Decay and Delay (SD3)." The aim of the study is to establish a methodology for skills determination, decay and delay by addressing 20 critical medical skills. Example skills include:

  • Mechanical ventilator initiation, monitoring, and management or nursing.
  • Removal of superficial ocular foreign bodies.
  • Ultrasound-guided mod Seldinger catheter placement.
  • Vasopressor selection, titration, and physiologic effect.

In first phase of the study, researchers are examining existing training programs, both within the DOD and civilian spaces, related to these specific skills to establish proficiency performance criteria for selected skills.

Bhavesh M. Patel, M.D., is leading the study.

Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium

Mayo Clinic is a member of the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium. The consortium provides opportunities for Mayo researchers to accelerate the development of medical solutions that prevent and treat injuries and restore America's military and veterans to full health.

Learn more on the consortium's website.