Mike Lauria is a former USAF Pararescueman and is currently completing his final semester at the Dartmouth geisel school of medicine. outside of medical school, he works as a critical care flight paramedic and provides training to multiple emergency service organizations.
prior to medical school, mike served in the u.s. air force as a pararescueman at the 321st special tactics squadron, raf mildenhall uk, air force special operations command. during this assignment he deployed to operation iraqi freedom as part of a combat search and rescue team in support of the c company, 1st battalion, 10th special forces group -Airborne-.
in 2009, mike was named air force outstanding airman of the year and pararescue airman of the year.
topics covered include
- How can civilian medicine and military medicine learn from one another.
- The extent to which combat and medicine present similar systemic challenges in terms of interpersonal dynamics, leadership, and stress management.
- How mental models to facilitate communication without oversimplifying complex phenomena.
- What is cognitive bias and how can we better refine our models without falling prey to it.
- Intuitive vs. analytical thinking- truly dichotomous or more of a spectrum?
- How to identify if a failed outcome in medicine is the result of poor individual skill or something more systemic.
- Part-whole training.
- The low hanging fruit in medical education.
- Conflating selection with training.
- Teaching practices that maximize retention of information