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, AACOM has been working to support the objectives of this important cause.

In upholding its commitment, AACOM founded the Joining Forces Curriculum Work Group to develop educational resources that focus on the medical education priorities laid out by the initiative. Recently, a teaching case produced by the work group, entitled “A Motor Vehicle Collision Involving a Veteran,” was featured in Maryland Medicine, a Maryland State Medical Society online journal. Murray Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH; des Anges Cruser, PhD, MPA;  Tyler Cymet, DO; Charles E. Henley, DO, MPH; Anita M. Navarro, MEd; and Andrew Yuon, DO, all members of the Joining Forces Curriculum Work Group, as well as Alan Podawiltz, DO, MS, co-authored the case.

Many of AACOM’s member colleges are addressing military medicine and related health issues in their curricula. Visit AACOM’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Curricular Initiatives page.

Visit AACOM’s Joining Forces web page for more information and updates on the associations Joining Forces activities.



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