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.
AACOM is continuing development of its action plan. A Joining Forces committee is meeting in late June to discuss creating military medicine curricular modules.
Many of AACOM’s member colleges are already addressing military medicine and related health issues in their curricula. (See AACOM’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Curricular Initiatives page.) Additionally, the association is planning the production of Joining Forces resources such as curricular modules for the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges, as well as a webinar series designed for medical schools, CME providers and residency directors. These tools will focus on the treatment of key health issues for military service members and veterans, such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and depression.
For more information and updates, visit AACOM’s Joining Forces web page. AACOM will continue to keep readers apprised of Joining Forces activities and progress.