My name is Pete Anderson.

I am an Emergency Physician in the Air Force. I hold the degree of MD (Medical Doctor).

I went to medical school at the Creighton University School of Medicine and did my emergency medicine residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium.

The purpose of this blog and podcast are to bring medical education to the austere and tactical medic no matter where he is on the globe or how deep he is in the wilderness.  Specifically I will be addressing new advances in trauma care, wilderness medicine, tactical combat casualty care updates, USSOCOM Advanced Tactical Practitioner scope of practice and protocols (TMEPs), and other topics of interest to the combat and austere medic (WEMT, SOCM, 18D, PJ, IDMT, IDC, corpsman, etc.).  My focus is to educate the guy on the ground with the aid bag so he can provide the best possible care!

This site is funded by me. I take no money from companies or advertisers.

Contact me at: PA@dirtmed.com

“First There … That Others May Live”


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Dominic Christofek says:


    when will you be posting a recent podcast. Recently stared following the casts and I cant wait to hear more. I teach TCCC like its another job and I started incorperating your advice and wisdom with my classes. Look forward to hearing more from you!

    HM2(FMFSCW) Christofek

  2. Mark says:

    Just found your site today and first things first, thanks for taking the time to make something like this for the people on the ground. On that note, where did you go and when are you coming back. I think you have a great opportunity to help the medics in the military take better care of soldiers and in turn, influence battlefield medicine for the better. Hope to hear from you soon.

  3. John B says:


    Just started following the podcast today. As a new medic this really gets me thinking and makes me want to keep learning Keep up the good work.


  4. KIdocs.org says:

    Pete – great podcast on the battlefield airway ! “Let’s kung fu”. I am hoping you beleive in airway checklists in a crisis?

    • Pete says:

      Thanks, Tim. I sure do believe in checklists. As a flight surgeon, i’ve seen the critical role checklists play during in-flight emergencies and I’m sure there’s way more medical utility to their use than folks want to admit. I’ve often thought it would be a great and very large project to undertake, but having a compilation of emergency medicine “checklists” would be a great addition to the textbook pool of this specialty. It would be awesome to have it separated by “boldface” immediate actions that must be memorized and then follow-on actions to run the checklist. Just like they do in aviation.

  5. James Daley says:


    I’m an EM intern at Yale and just ran into your podcast today. It’s awesome – I love ketamine too! Are you going to be releasing new ones any time soon? There are a lot of so-so podcasts out there so it’d be a shame if you can’t crank out a few more…



  6. Wes D says:


    I was turned onto your podcasts by an instructor at the SOCM schoolhouse, specifically for your talk on Ketamine. After binge listening to all of them today I am hungry for more! Just curious if you’ve got anything planned for the future or if the site has possibly moved. Thanks for all that you do, Doc.


  7. Chris Whiteowl says:

    Awesome podcast! I just finished my TECC and I love it. I will be trying to gain my EMT soon. I’m sure your schedule interrupted your show, very sad if so. Lots of great info. I also follow PJ Medcast. Thank you for all of your work.

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