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AF Bases...medical and quality of life experience?

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by TRT, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. TRT

    TRT 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    I think it would be cool if we could start a thread with comments on what the medical facilities and practice of medicine were like plus what kind of quality of life the surrounding city offered at each of these bases. Please be candid with your opinion on the following stateside bases (the AF bases bellow have beds/hospitals associated with them):

    Elmedorf AFB (Anchorage, AL) 45 bed
    Andrews AFB (MD) 70 bed
    Dyess AFB (TX) 10 bed
    Eglin AFB (FL) 65 bed
    Grand Forks AFB (ND) 4 bed
    Keesler AFB (MS) 135 bed
    Kirtland AFB (NM) 15 bed
    Lackland AFB (TX) 288 bed
    Langley AFB (VA) 35 bed
    Luke AFB (AZ) 15 bed
    Macdill AFB (FL) 10 bed
    Mt Home AFB (ID) 10 bed
    Nellis AFB (NV) 104 bed
    Scott AFB (IL) 45 bed
    Shaw AFB (SC) 16 bed
    Sheppard AFB (TX) 45 bed
    Travis AFB (CA) 130 bed
    USAF Academy (CO) 40 bed
    Wright-Patterson AFB (OH) 70 bed
    OFFUTT AFB (NE) 30 bed
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  3. Med_Leviathan

    Med_Leviathan Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Holy crap, do residents actually train at places with 4 beds and 10 beds? Lackland sounds like the only hospital here with a patient volume good enough for some serious training.
  4. deuist

    deuist Stealthfully Sarcastic Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2004
    To top it off, Lackland's hospital is closing to merge with the Army. Christ, what a waste. I knew that AF medicine was bad, but I didn't know that we wouldn't see any patients. Hell, a trio of IM residents could round on entire hospitals in the military. Now I'm desperately hoping to get a deferment.
  5. resxn

    resxn 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Uhhh. I'm not sure you're list is all that up-to-date.

    Offutt has no beds. It's a clinic. And a dying one at that. Don't go there unless you're FP.
  6. The White Coat Investor

    The White Coat Investor AKA ActiveDutyMD Physician Partner Organization 10+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    SDN Partner
    And Langley never has half of those beds filled. The 11 in the urgent care may be filled at some point in the day, and the 10-15 on L&D fill every now and then, but I know the ward has never been anywhere near full.
  7. mitchconnie

    mitchconnie Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2002
    I agree that the list is likely old. Those bed numbers may technically be the listed capacity, but the actual number of staffed patient beds is probably WAY lower. Andrews has a maximum capacity of between 14 and 20 med/surg. beds at any one time, depending on nursing availability, plus maybe a few more on OB. When I left Wright-Pat, capacity was 20-30 med-surg beds plus a few OB, and 5-6 in the ICU. No Air Force hospital is as large as that list would suggest.
  8. AF Anesthesia

    AF Anesthesia 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2007
    Does anyone know the capacity at the overseas hospitals like Lakenheath, Landstuhl, Yokota? Are they equally affected by the downsizing?
  9. TRT

    TRT 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Yes, this list is old and was last updated in 2001 plus it is unofficial (I got it off of I agree that the numbers are very scary (I was hoping they were underestimations). It seems like moonlighting would be the only way to keep up on one's skills while working for the AF. I HATE the way we are kept in the dark about the realities. I just hope and pray that things are better than they look on paper.

    According to the list I have, here are the stats:
    Bitburg AFB Germany 15 bed
    Ramstien AFB Germany 158 bed
    Misawa AFB Japan 9 bed
    Yokota AFB Japan 15 bed
    Osan AFB Korea 5 bed
    FAF Lakenheath AFB London 35 bed
  10. resxn

    resxn 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006

    They're not. Often they're worse and when I say worse I mean it in a Holy-Crap!-You've-got-to-be-kidding-me! sort of way.

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