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U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operations share techniques with our partners in Uruguay

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Audience participation was high during an exchange between US Air Force Medics from the Defense Institute for Medical Operation and military medics from Uruguay. A team of translators using wireless headphones for each participant allowed simultaneous translation of the presentations given by both U.S. and host nation medics allowing free flowing dialog during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Audience participation was high during an exchange between US Air Force Medics from the Defense Institute for Medical Operation and military medics from Uruguay. A team of translators using wireless headphones for each participant allowed simultaneous translation of the presentations given by both U.S. and host nation medics allowing free flowing dialog during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Uruguayan military nurses take notes while listening to the Spanish translation of a presentation given by members of the US Defense Institute for Medical Operation while participating in an exchange during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Uruguayan military nurses take notes while listening to the Spanish translation of a presentation given by members of the US Defense Institute for Medical Operation while participating in an exchange during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

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Uruguayan nurse 2nd Lt. Marta Pino discusses her experiences with members of the U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operation (DIMO) team during lunch while participating in an exchange during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)
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081103-F-5735S-096 Uruguayan nurse 2nd Lt. Marta Pino discusses her experiences with members of the U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operation (DIMO) team during lunch while participating in an exchange during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)
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during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)
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during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Uruguayan military medics demonstrate their suturing skills while participating in an exchange with U.S. the Defense Institute for Medical Operation team during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)
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Uruguayan military medics demonstrate their suturing skills while participating in an exchange with U.S. the Defense Institute for Medical Operation team during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Uruguayan Army and Navy nurses practice using splints provided by the U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operation team while participating an an exchange during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)
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Uruguayan Army and Navy nurses practice using splints provided by the U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operation team while participating an an exchange during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Uruguayan army medic 2nd Lt. Marco Pouso (right) discusses the proper application of a neck brace onto Colonel Felix E. Cardoza, an Uruguayan army engineer, during an exchange while participating Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)
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Uruguayan army medic 2nd Lt. Marco Pouso (right) discusses the proper application of a neck brace onto Colonel Felix E. Cardoza, an Uruguayan army engineer, during an exchange while participating Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Lt. Col. Alger Rodó, chief of operative medicine with the Chilean Air Force, poses with members of the Defense Institute for Medical Operations during the graduation ceremony from the multi-national disaster response course on 4 Nov.  The Defense Institute for Medical Operations course is part of Operation Southern Partner; an AFSOUTH-led event aimed at providing intensive, periodic subject matter exchanges with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus.  The all-new program features more than 70 U.S. Air Force subject matter experts from about 25 career fields working alongside partner nation military members in similar career specialties during week-long exchanges.  The next morning, Colonel Rodó led a tour of his hospital’s emergency room for U.S. Air Force doctors.  Later, Air Force doctors were able to sit in on a lecture where Chilean doctors evaluated different courses of action to treat patients.  (Photo  by Capt. Nathan D. Broshear)
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Lt. Col. Alger Rodó, chief of operative medicine with the Chilean Air Force, poses with members of the Defense Institute for Medical Operations during the graduation ceremony from the multi-national disaster response course on 4 Nov. The Defense Institute for Medical Operations course is part of Operation Southern Partner; an AFSOUTH-led event aimed at providing intensive, periodic subject matter exchanges with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus. The all-new program features more than 70 U.S. Air Force subject matter experts from about 25 career fields working alongside partner nation military members in similar career specialties during week-long exchanges. The next morning, Colonel Rodó led a tour of his hospital’s emergency room for U.S. Air Force doctors. Later, Air Force doctors were able to sit in on a lecture where Chilean doctors evaluated different courses of action to treat patients. (Photo by Capt. Nathan D. Broshear)

Majors Mark Gunst (right) and Joseph DuBose (left), staff surgeons with the 59th Surgical Specialties Squadron at Wilford Hall Medical Center, look over a recent x-ray with doctors from the Chilean Air Force hospital in Santiago, Chile 5 Nov.  The tour marks the end of the doctor’s exchange at Operation Southern Partner, an AFSOUTH-led event aimed at providing intensive, periodic subject matter exchanges with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus.  The all-new program features more than 70 U.S. Air Force subject matter experts from about 25 career fields working alongside partner nation military members in similar career specialties during week-long exchanges.  Later, the Air Force doctors were able to sit in on a lecture where Chilean doctors evaluated different courses of action to treat patients. (Photo  by Capt. Nathan D. Broshear)
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Majors Mark Gunst (right) and Joseph DuBose (left), staff surgeons with the 59th Surgical Specialties Squadron at Wilford Hall Medical Center, look over a recent x-ray with doctors from the Chilean Air Force hospital in Santiago, Chile 5 Nov. The tour marks the end of the doctor’s exchange at Operation Southern Partner, an AFSOUTH-led event aimed at providing intensive, periodic subject matter exchanges with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus. The all-new program features more than 70 U.S. Air Force subject matter experts from about 25 career fields working alongside partner nation military members in similar career specialties during week-long exchanges. Later, the Air Force doctors were able to sit in on a lecture where Chilean doctors evaluated different courses of action to treat patients. (Photo by Capt. Nathan D. Broshear)

Majors Mark Gunst (right) and Joseph DuBose (left), staff surgeons with the 59th Surgical Specialties Squadron at Wilford Hall Medical Center, confer with doctors from the Chilean Air Force hospital in Santiago, Chile 5 Nov.  The tour marks the end of the doctor’s exchange at Operation Southern Partner, an AFSOUTH-led event aimed at providing intensive, periodic subject matter exchanges with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus.  The all-new program features more than 70 U.S. Air Force subject matter experts from about 25 career fields working alongside partner nation military members in similar career specialties during week-long exchanges.  Later, the Air Force doctors were able to sit in on a lecture where Chilean doctors evaluated different courses of action to treat patients. (Photo  by Capt. Nathan D. Broshear)
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Majors Mark Gunst (right) and Joseph DuBose (left), staff surgeons with the 59th Surgical Specialties Squadron at Wilford Hall Medical Center, confer with doctors from the Chilean Air Force hospital in Santiago, Chile 5 Nov. The tour marks the end of the doctor’s exchange at Operation Southern Partner, an AFSOUTH-led event aimed at providing intensive, periodic subject matter exchanges with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus. The all-new program features more than 70 U.S. Air Force subject matter experts from about 25 career fields working alongside partner nation military members in similar career specialties during week-long exchanges. Later, the Air Force doctors were able to sit in on a lecture where Chilean doctors evaluated different courses of action to treat patients. (Photo by Capt. Nathan D. Broshear)

during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)
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during Operation Southern Partner, Nov., 3, 2008. OSP is an in-depth, two-week subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation Air Forces in Latin America. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Roy Santana, Released)

Montevideo, Uruguay (AFPN) -- -- Uruguayan military medics and Defense Institute for Medical Operation Team members participating in Operation Southern Partner shared vast knowledge in a mutually beneficial information exchange Nov 3.

Operation Southern Partner, into its second week, is an all-new, in-depth subject matter exchange emphasizing partnership, cooperation and sharing of information with partner nation military members in Latin America. OSP has 70 Airman, one soldier and one Canadian officer in four locations throughout South America: Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile.

Major Jeremy Lloyd, an emergency room physician, and his 4-man-team called DIMO met with about 50 Uruguayan army, navy and air force medics at the school of health of the armed forces Montevideo, Uruguay. There was a broad cross section of experts ranging from general practitioners, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgeons, dentists as well as a few civilian doctors working at the nearby military hospital.

"We hope to enhance our knowledge of operational medicine through this exchange," Major Lloyd said. "The Uruguayan medics have first hand experience because of their involvement in conflicts in the Congo, Haiti and various U.N. peace keeping missions."

To echo those sentiments, Uruguayan Colonel Roberto Correa, secretary general of the school said, "We believe this exchange will be positive for you as well as for us." Colonel Correa went on to add, "We have over 5,000 soldiers in 16 countries around the world. Other countries come to Uruguay to absorb the knowledge from us."

There was plenty of note taking, interactive discussions and comparisons of certain procedures such as treatment of Tension Pneumothorax, commonly called sucking chest wound. A team of translators using wireless headphones for each participant allowed simultaneous translation of the presentations given by both U.S. and host nation medics allowing free flowing dialog.

The audience was asked to share their experiences with traumatic accidents, how they handled the situation, and in further hindsight what they could have done better.

Also participating in the exchange was Uruguayan Doctor Berta Rodao, a civilian and general medicine practitioner. She is also studying Anesthesiology at the university in Montevideo.

"I feel like I will benefit from this exchange from what I've seen so far," Dr. Rodao said. "I am learning the manner of good leadership, organization and structure from the North Americans."

The four day exchange will culminate with a mass casualty exercise for all participants using stage makeup and trauma simulations testing and demonstrating each person's professional abilities."

During a presentation given by Uruguayan medic, 2nd Lieutenant Marco Pouso, only in Spanish could it be said, "Lo que oigo lo olvida, lo que leo lo recuerdo, lo que hago lo aprendo, lo que enseño-lo sé." Translated to mean, "What I hear I forget, what I read I remember, what I do I learn, what I teach...I know."

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