Janet L. Veesart, MD

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services Academy

Associate Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine


Undergraduate: BS, Mechanical Engineering-Washington State University, 1985

Graduate: MS, Aeronautical Engineering-Air Force Institute of Technology, 1989

Medical School: MD-Uniformed Services University, 2000

Residency: Emergency Medicine Residency-San Antonio Uniformed Health Education Consortium, 2000-2004 ABEM (expires Dec 2015)


I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where I attended Washington State University and entered the US Air Force after completing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In the Air Force, I served as a project engineer for development of the F-22 fighter propulsion system, project manager for Titan-IV space launch program, and taught engineering as an Assistant Professor at the Air Force Academy. I attended the Uniformed Services University (the military’s joint services medical school in Bethesda, MD) and completed my emergency medicine residency training at the joint Air Force Army EM program in San Antonio, Texas. After residency, I was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, where I was a staff emergency physician and the Elmendorf-Ft Richardson EMS Director. I transferred to Kirtland Air Force Base in 2007 and assumed duties as the Medical Director for the Pararescue and Combat Rescue Officer Schoolhouse. I deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq in 2009, and Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in 2011 before retiring and joining the UNM EM faculty in February 2012. I am a member of the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team and actively involved in teaching clinical reasoning to medical students.

Teaching Interests

  • Emergency medicine education, clinical reasoning for medical students, how to teach adult learners, long distance or "flipped" classrooms (asynchronous learning)