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Military Partnership Training Programs 


The Military Partnership Program at SHC began in 2004 with 24 Arizona Air National Guard medical personnel. These individuals participated in a two week program which concentrated on trauma and deployment skills. Since then, the Military Partnership has trained over 2000 Soldiers and Airmen in these same skills. The Military Partnership consists of the Readiness Skills Sustainment Training Program, Air Force Phase III/Seasoning Training Program, the US Air Force Nurse Transition Program, the US Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship and simulations training. All facets of the program are housed in a state of the art 7500 square foot Military Training Center located on Scottsdale Healthcare’s Osborn campus. We have Training Affiliation Agreements (TAA) with Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard Bureau, Army National Guard Bureau, Western Army Reserve Command as well as active duty Air Force and Army units. We also partner with the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) to allow experiences in the MIHS Emergency Department as well as in the Arizona Regional Burn Center.

Additionally, our program focuses on a practical, integrated and proactively coordinated approach to regional disaster preparedness. Through partnerships with the both the military and industry, Scottsdale Healthcare continues to develop programs and technologies aimed at training military and civilian medical personnel. The goal is operational excellence to better protect the community in times of disaster. Such planning led to the initial Coyote Crisis Campaign in 2006. The partnership enables further collaboration on many fronts to enhance our community healthcare system.

This partnership is a platform that enables military physicians, nurses, medics, and other ancillary medical personnel to sustain their combat readiness skills. All branches of the military, Active Duty, Guard and Reserves may participate.

RSSTP (Readiness Skills Sustainment and Training Program) 

Hallmark program was first initiated with the Air National Guard to meet pre-deployment training needs. Modeled after the Air Force’s C-STARS (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills), this program’s participants take part in a two-week intensive didactic and clinical rotation coordinated with trauma and intensive care service medical directors.

The course originally was structured for the Guard and Reserve components to fulfill their Readiness Skills Verification/Critical Skills requirements while on Annual Training. Its success has expanded to Active Duty personnel.

RSSTP partners with the Maricopa Integrated Health System and Phoenix Fire Department to offer trauma, burn, orthopedics, first responders, intensive care unit, pediatric trauma, and operating room experiences.

Scottsdale Healthcare orientation is a prerequisite.

US Air Force Skills Proficiency Training 

Seasoning Training Program and Phase III clinical rotations are for Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard medical technicians. Clinical rotations are built around the participants’ learning needs. The rotation provides real-world clinical training for enlisted personnel to reinforce knowledge, increase skills and abilities learned during Phase I and Phase II training.

The member is assigned to a civilian RN preceptor who ensures that the member receives appropriate experiences and supervision to acquire the required proficiencies.

Scottsdale Healthcare orientation is a prerequisite.

NTP (Nurse Transition Program)

Prepares Active Duty Air Force nurses with less than 6 months of clinical experience to work in AF hospitals. It is an 11-week orientation program composed of didactic, simulation lab experiences; hands-on skill training and direct patient care with a qualified Scottsdale Healthcare preceptor.

Scottsdale Healthcare is the largest site of four in the nation hosting up to 20 new graduate Air Force nurse participants per class. Four classes are scheduled each year. The Air Force has placed two full-time nurse educators on site who provide direct supervision. When not working with nurse participants, these nurse educators are available to train Scottsdale Healthcare staff and provide direct patient care.

Medical Simulation 

Medical simulation is a branch of simulation technology related to education and training in military medical fields. It can involve simulated human patients, educational documents with detailed simulated scenarios, casualty assessment in military combat situations and emergency response. Baseline information is collected in the pre-training session and evaluated again post-training for areas of improvement. Scenarios can be developed to mimic a multitude of disease, injury and medical emergency situations for all levels of medical professionals. Technological advances in the past two decades have made an increase in the wide spread use of simulation labs especially by the U.S. Military who have used the resource to better prepare their medical providers for what they have encountered in war zones, humanitarian efforts and National disasters. Equipment for the simulation lab is a partnership of Scottsdale Healthcare, Gaumard Scientific and other equipment providers.

Scottsdale Healthcare orientation is not a prerequisite to Medical Simulation training.

Trauma Lectures 

Conducted during Readiness Sustainment Skills Training Program (RSSTP). During the two days of lectures, there are approximately 12 one-hour lectures given on: Abdominal Trauma, Brain Trauma, Burn Trauma, Chest/Thoracic Injuries, Facial/Airway Management, Shock/Trauma Management

Continuing education credits are available for nurses and enlisted medics.

Scottsdale Healthcare orientation is not required to attend lectures.

JTTP (Just in Time Training Program) 

Provides deployment readiness for individuals or groups and is tailored to meet specific requirements including clinical experience, skills review, assessment and priority setting prior to deployment. Training is tailored to meet the military medical professionals’ needs.

Scottsdale Healthcare orientation is a prerequisite.


For additional information on any of the mentioned programs, please contact:

Lenore Portante 

Military Partnership Office Supervisor 

Tel: 480-882-6577


Jerry Zabokrtsky 

Director, Military Affairs, Disaster Preparedness, Forensic Nurse Examiners 

Tel: 480-882-5293


Roxanne Flynn 

Military Clinical Training and Simulation Supervisor 

Tel: 480-882-5709