USAF Trauma Training Programs at SLU Hospital 
SLU Hospital is one of the first in the country to assist in training United States Air Force healthcare providers through its C-STARS (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills) program. The C-STARS program was created to enable United States Air Force (USAF) healthcare providers to refresh their skills by working with hospital staff and faculty in caring for critically injured patients.

C-STARS is a joint partnership between the USAF and SLU Hospital offering training for military medical personnel in the areas of trauma and critical care. The hospital was chosen to sponsor C-STARS due to its national reputation as a teaching hospital and the high volume of trauma and critical care patients treated each year. SLU Hospital’s trauma faculty possesses a strong knowledge base through extensive military and clinical experiences. They are involved in basic and clinical research activities and are recognized as leaders in trauma care.

C-STARS offers 19 classes per year with an average class size of 16 USAF healthcare professionals spending two weeks rotating through the course. Since 2003, the partnership has led to the training of more than 2,800 men and women who support combat and humanitarian missions around the globe and disaster response on the homeland. For more information on the C-STARS program, contact us at (314) 268-7554.

In 2010, SLU Hospital agreed to host an eight member team from the Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC).  The team members – including a general surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, two trauma doctors, certified registered nurse anesthetist, critical care nurse, respiratory therapist, and an operating room technician – are required to maintain their clinical skills in the event that they are called upon to support a variety of U.S. Special Operations Forces (e.g. U.S. Navy SEALS, Delta Force, Army Rangers, Green Berets, etc.). This unique partnership allows the team to maintain that state of readiness that cannot be duplicated at military hospitals.