Since the January 2012 announcement of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative 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, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has been working in support of this important cause.
Following up on their inaugural meeting in June, members of AACOM’s Joining Forces Curriculum Work Group have been developing educational resources focused on the priorities of the Joining Forces initiative. These resources include two full case studies, a one-hour webinar and a PowerPoint presentation, and will be available to any of AACOM’s member colleges of osteopathic medicine. Once this project is finalized, the Curriculum Work Group plans to encourage AACOM’s member colleges to use the new resources to organize a military medicine class or workshop on Veterans Day, November 12, 2012. The hope is to inspire annual Veterans Day military medicine educational events at osteopathic medical colleges across the nation.
Many of AACOM’s member colleges are already addressing military medicine and related health issues in their curricula. Visit AACOM’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Curricular Initiatives page.
For more information and updates, visit AACOM’s Joining Forces web page. AACOM will continue to keep readers informed of Joining Forces activities and progress.