April 12, 2012, marked the one-year anniversary of Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to support service members and veterans, and their families. Since its inception, the Joining Forces initiative has launched an impressive array of employment, educational and health care efforts aimed at ensuring that service members, veterans and their families receive the support they need.
Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that a coordinated effort would be launched by America’s medical education system to support the wellness objectives set by the Joining Forces initiative. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and its member colleges of osteopathic medicine, in conjunction with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), pledged to ensure that current and future physicians are educated and trained in the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members and veterans and their families. As one step in this direction, the nation’s medical schools are exchanging leading edge research on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), both signature health issues associated with veterans.
AACOM is developing a rich resource repository of Joining Forces materials; see AACOM’s Joining Forces web page.