DIMO Courses

Navy Commander Lowell, a DIMO team member, works with the Estonian defense forces and civilian personnel to learn better techniques when conducting an ultrasound.   sound with patients.  (US Air Force photo / Richard Gooding)The Defense Institute for Medical Operations provides education to international military and civilian healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, laboratory, and paraprofessional workers in the healthcare arena) in the host country and in the United States. A train-the-trainer format is used whenever possible. Partnering with other services and other government and non-government agencies is possible and encouraged.

The courses offered by DIMO can be divided into six major areas of focus:  Health System Management, Bioterrorism / Chemical Radiological Threats, Medical Skills Training, Disaster Planning, Global / Public Health and Resident Courses.

Building Capacity

MASL D175466 (E-IMET) - Exec Healthcare Resource Management (Resident) 2 weeks, class size 15, ECL: 80
  • Healthcare systems, resource management, and critical decision making processes to improve access and quality of care
  • Audience: Military and Government Medical Administrators
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MASL D319337 – Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) - Med Personnel
MASL D319336—Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) - All Combatants
5 days
  • NAEMT certification-Care Under Fire, Field Care & Evac
  • May request instructor certification & training chapter
  • Audience: Medical personnel/Non-medical
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MASL D319331 - International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) - Provider
MASL D319332—ITLS—Instructors
MASL D319333—ITLS—Chapter Mentorship
  • ITLS certification-Care Under Fire, Field Care & Evacuation
  • May request instructor certification & training chapter
  • Audience: Provider/Instructors/Chapter Mentorship
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MASL D319308 - Fundamentals of Healthcare Administration
5 days, class size 25
  • Examines operations / administration of the organization
  • Improves the financing, delivery & organization of healthcare personnel
  • Audience: Involved with healthcare administration
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MASL D319311 (E-IMET) —Nursing Leadership
5 days, class size 45
  • Develop 11 “WHO/ICN” areas to strengthen skilled nursing force, positive work environments, retention & leaders
  • Audience: Nursing leaders
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MASL D319338 - Medical Skills Instruction & Simulation
3-5 days, class size 6
  • Develop instructors, scenario-based training, simulation & policies for independent simulation center Includes training aids, moulage
  • Audience: Healthcare Instructors
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MASL D319313 - Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC)
5 days, class size 25
  • Evacuation principles & training for patient transport on vehicle of opportunity, including aircraft
  • Audience: Medical personnel
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MASL D319306 - En Route Critical Care - 5 days, class size 24
  • Advanced hands-on training necessary to care for critically ill / injured patients during flight transport
  • Audience: Critical care providers & nurses
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MASL D319323 (E-IMET) - Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
5 days, class size 50
  • Program development for domestic violence & sexual assault, women, peace and security, peacekeeping, trafficking
  • Audience: peacekeepers, law enforcement & medical
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MASL D319327 (E-IMET) - GBV Phase II - Leadership Course
5 days, class size 50
  • Interagency workshop to improve processes for domestic and sexual violence
  • Audience: social workers, law enforcement/ military, prosecutors, judiciary
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MASL D175134 (E-IMET) - GBV & Women's Health (Resident)
5 days, class size 50, ECL: 70
  • Domestic violence, sexual assault, child marriage, trafficking
  • Audience: Military Leaders of Women, Peace and Security programs, ministry of health, law enforcement, judiciary
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MASL D319309 - Leadership Course in HIV / AIDS Program Development
5 days, class size 50
  • National strategy for program design & management
  • HIV prevention and screening, diagnosis, care & treatment, monitoring & evaluation
  • Audience: Medical leadership, laboratory personnel
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MASL D175467- HIV / AIDS Planning & Policy Development (Resident)
5 days, class size 50, ECL: 70
  • National strategy for HIV program design & management
  • Prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment & monitoring of opportunistic infections, tuberculosis, special populations
  • Audience: Senior Mil-Civ in policy & program development
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MASL D319335 - Basic Medical Planning for United Nations PKO
5 days, class size 25
  • Medical planning in PKO, as well as UN level 2 capability
  • Audience: Personnel involved in health support & planning
MASL D319312 - Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC / ENA)
5 days
  • Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) certification
  • Rapid identification of life-threatening injuries, comprehensive patient assessments & interventions
  • Audience: Nurses
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MASL D319307 - Surgical Trauma Response Techniques (STRT)
5 days, class size 24
  • Lectures & lab exercises to enable surgeons to improve skills using the latest techniques
  • Audience: Surgeons & physicians providers to trauma
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MASL D319304 - Mental Health Services After Disasters & Combat
5 days, class size 50
  • Provides proven methods for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to facilitate resiliency & improve reintegration
  • Audience: Medical & mental health personnel
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MASL D319315 - MASCAL Response for Healthcare Personnel
5 days, class size 40
  • Triage, field care, Casualty Collection point operations, and patient movement in response to a mass casualty event
  • Audience: Medical personnel
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MASL D319319 - Infection Control & Hospital Epi Program Dev
5 days, class size 50
  • Review hospital infections & improve worker safety
  • Infection surveillance, isolation & lab integration
  • Audience: Policy writers, epidemiology, infection prevention, lab, medical & nursing staff
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MASL D319326 - Outbreak Detection & Response
5 days, class size 50
  • Surveillance, recognition, case management & response
  • Supports the IHR and Global Health Security Agenda
  • Audience: Public health, healthcare & lab personnel

Needs Assessment

MASL D319302 - Training Needs Assessment / Site Survey
2 - 5 days

  • Survey, assess needs, formulate future medical training needs & establish sustainable programs
  • Jointly develop a plan of cooperation, which outlines the training objectives and matches those with training events
  • Includes monitoring, evaluation & DOTMLPF assessment
  • Audience: Our partner nations’ facilities

CBRNE Threats

MASL D319305 —Bio Weapons & Emerging Security Threats
5 days, class size 50
  • Recognize & respond to bioterrorism events
  • Ensure continued function of vital healthcare systems
  • Audience: Providers, first responders, lab officers, epidemiologists & administrators
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MASL D319324 (E-IMET) - Chemical Agent Emergency Management
5 days, class size 40
  • Incident site and hospital based medical care of patients injured by chemical weapons or toxic industrial chemicals
  • Exercise emergency reception, decontamination & medical care
  • Audience: Emergency management & first responders
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MASL D319322—CBRN Incident & Medical Response
5 days, class size 40
  • Incident management & initial hospital response to CBRN
  • Exercises PPE, decon, facility protection, & initial hospital-based management of victims
  • Audience: Healthcare personnel & administrators
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MASL D319317—Laboratory Biosecurity & Biosafety
5 days, class size 50
  • Addresses risks from dangerous pathogens
  • Covers risk assessment, exercises, responsible science, Biological Weapons & Toxins Treaty obligations
  • Audience: National security, medical planners, lab directors, public health & epidemic response officials

Force Health Protection

MASL D319325 - Ebola for UN Peacekeepers
2 days, class size 100
  • Recognize people with Ebola, demonstrate Personal Protective Equipment wearing and removal
  • Patient triage, movement & transfer
  • Audience: Peacekeeping troops & commanders
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MASL D319329 - Medical Readiness Principles of Food Protection
5 days, class size 30
  • Food safety / defense capability for force health protection to decrease the risk of food borne disease
  • Audience: Personnel involved with food / water
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MASL D319314 - Operational Preventive Medicine
5 days, class size 50
  • Pre and post deployment: readiness, health threats screenings to protect the strength of deployed forces
  • Audience: Medical personnel involved with deployment
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MASL D319328 - Malaria & Other Infectious Disease Threats
5 days, class size 50
  • Develop a malaria program for force health protection: risk assessment, prevention, management, monitoring
  • Audience: Public health, healthcare and commanders
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MASL D319330 - Mitigating Foodborne Risks
5 days, class size 30
  • Build a sustainable Food Protection capability within the partner nation’s military or civilian sector which improves long-term health outcomes
  • Audience: Mid- to Senior-level military and civilian personnel: veterinary, public health, and preventive medicine professionals
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MASL D319318 - Infection Control in Ebola & Pandemic Management
5 days, class size 50
  • Planning for medical care during outbreaks
  • Hands-on proficiency testing with protective equipment
  • Audience: Emergency management, infection control & healthcare personnel involved with contagious diseases

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

MASL D319310 - Disaster Planning (Basic)
5 days, class size 50
  • Elements for building a national disaster plan & integrating local & regional response capabilities into the nation’s emergency management system
  • Audience: Planners/emergency response personnel
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MASL D319316 (E-IMET) - Disaster Planning (Advanced)
5 days, class size 50
  • Evaluates and exercises the host nation’s current disaster response plan & introduces emergency management concepts to improve interagency coordination
  • Audience: Planners/emergency response personnel
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MASL D319320 - Disaster Planning & Emergency Management (Senior Leaders) - 2 Days, class size 20
  • Prepares leadership for national disaster management, including implementing national emergency management strategies, continuity of operations & government
  • Audience: Senior officials involved in planning & emergency management
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MASL D319334 (E-IMET) - Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Leadership Program - 5 Days, class size 50
  • Provides national & local authorities the ability to establish / organize an EOC that directs, manage response, recovery resources & activities Operationalizes concepts taught in the disaster planner courses
  • Audience: Operations, planning, logistics
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MASL D319321 - Medical Support / Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response - 5 days, class size 50
  • Provides consequence management & emergency medical interventions immediately following a disaster Features a progressive multiday, multiagency tabletop exercise
  • Audience: Healthcare & emergency management officials
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MASL D319303 - Public Health Emergencies - 5 days, class size 50
  • Public health relevant infectious diseases, environmental health, outbreak & disease surveillance, with a large exercise
  • Audience: Personnel involved with public health

Course Pamphlet

About DIMO

The Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO) is a joint security cooperation school for which the Air Force is the implementing agent (JSCET/ Army Regulation 12–15, SECNAVINST 4950.4B, AFI 16–105).  DIMO was established in Oct. 2002 when the USAF Institute for Global Health merged with the Navy’s Defense Healthcare Management Institute.

In Oct. 2003, DIMO transitioned to the International Education Exportable Division within the International and Expeditionary Education and Training Department of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), Brooks City-Base, TX. In 2011, under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), USAFSAM moved to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and DIMO realigned in 2012 under Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA) as a Geographically Separated Unit (GSU).

On Apr. 1, 2019, DIMO was returned to the command of USAFSAM as the International Education Department directly reporting to the USAFSAM commander, still as a GSU. The 59th Medical Wing and the 502nd Air Base Wing in San Antonio-Lackland provides us space and facility support.

To achieve security cooperation through health education and training in the global environment.

To be the premier provider of security cooperation focused health education and training that builds strong, resilient, international partnerships.