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Education is an integral component of the Program in Trauma's mission. The Program provides a comprehensive learning environment for School of Medicine students, residents and fellows - future physicians and trauma specialists who will apply their skills as leaders of trauma centers throughout the United States. Shock Trauma also serves as the principal training site for U.S. Air Force physicians, nurses, technicians and Special Operations medics prior to their deployment overseas.

Fellowship programs, together with student and resident rotations from national and international institutions, constitute a considerable educational responsibility. Over the past several decades graduates of the fellowship programs have become leaders in trauma care in the United States and abroad.