164th Medical Group Among the Best

Members of the 164th Medical Group pose for a group photo in front of the Tripler Medical Center, Honolulu. Members of the 164th MDG conducted their annual training July 8-22 2017, Honolulu.(

Members of the 164th Medical Group pose for a group photo in front of the Tripler Medical Center, Honolulu. Members of the 164th MDG conducted their annual training July 8-22 2017, Honolulu.(Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Leon Bussey)


Joint Base Hickam - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (July 2, 2017) — On the hill overlooking Pearl City, sits a pink building made of Stucco. From a distance Tripler Medical Center looks like a majestic palace, but it is here where members of the 164th Medical Group are conducting their annual training.


 “The 164th Medical Group was ranked No.2 in the nation,” said Maj. Shannon Cutliff, a clinical nurse with 164th MDG.


  The 164th MDG was one of 89 medical groups being evaluated and ranked on the Air National Guard Medical Scorecard.


    “Being able to come here to Tripler was our reward for that placement. Tripler is a larger facility, so we are able to get our continued education training to maintain our competencies. For our nursing core and technicians, it makes us more mission ready,” said Cutliff


    Focused and continuous training are the key elements needed to continue developing and maintaining the clinical competencies needed to sustain a functional medical corps. During their time there, the members of the 164th MDG trained in many different areas of the medical career field. There was in depth training provided in everything from administrative procedures and medical device maintenance to prenatal and emergency care. 


    Members used a variety of simulation equipment for training on different medical procedures like drawing blood, stitching wounds and using multiple types of medical equipment such as AED’s and heart rate monitors.


    One of the highlight pieces of equipment used to conduct this training was SimMan. SimMan is a robotic mannequin simulator used to simulate real patient symptoms and reactions that medical staff members may face in a normal or emergency medical situation.


    “You can see his vitals on the monitor just like you would on an actual real life patient,” said Cutliff.


     “They can control the simulator man to react as a patient would, so your care is then very similar to what it would be on an actual patient, which helps you to develop your skills to act appropriately.”


    With the 164th MDG having the opportunity to use such a realistic simulator such as SimMan, it gives members the opportunity to exercise decision making skills, critical thinking skills, technical skills and self-confidence in a safe and controlled environment.


    Capt. Ashley Lemay, a nurse with the 164th MDG, set a goal to ensure that she could provide members with the training that many traditional Guardsmen would not have the opportunity to receive. She wanted to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to learn in an environment that was focused on teaching and learning without the stress of real world patient care.


    “They had expressed to me in the past that they don’t feel comfortable with certain things,” said Lemay.


    “As a nurse, knowing how some things can be in the hospital, I wanted to provide them the best learning experience possible.”


    Being able to train effectively and consistently is a vital part of being in the Air National Guard. Because of this, it is important that Guard members take advantage of every opportunity they have to sharpen their skills to become that complete war fighter.


    “The healthcare field changes all the time, so even if you learned something 5 or 10 years ago, that may not be how they are doing it now” said Cutliff.


     “So, maintaining those skill sets and core competencies to provide safe and efficient patient care is the key.”