The Challenges of Treating the Military’s “Young Invincibles”

Capt. Riley Burke, DO, USAF, discusses the primary care challenges of treating special operations trainees and other military personnel and his recent case study of an atypical presentation of aspiration pneumonia.


By Reid A. Paul

Providing health care to special operations personnel can pose unique challenges. On one hand, health care providers are tasked with much of the routine care that is the bread and butter of primary care; on the other hand, they need to work with patients who are especially averse to getting the care they need. The term “young invincibles” takes on a whole new meaning with this group.

That way of thinking was abundantly clear in “Special Operations Training: An Atypical Presentation of Aspiration Pneumonia.” Federal Practitioner recently spoke with one of the authors, Capt. Riley J. Burke, DO, USAF, MC (the other author was Michael C. Ott, MD), to better understand the challenges of working with this patient population and to get the story behind this fascinating case study. The audio of the entire conversation is below.

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