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 White House 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.
On June 25-26, AACOM convened the first meeting of its Joining Forces Curriculum Work Group in Baltimore, Maryland. During the meeting, attendees discussed plans for formulating case-based studies, webinars and lectures on medical issues specific to military personnel, veterans and military families. 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.
All members of the Joining Forces Curriculum Work Group were in attendance, including:
- Murray Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH, C-NMM/OMM, C-PVM, CAQ-OCC MED, Associate Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and OMM; Director, Family Medicine/ OMM Clerkship; Director, Preventive and Community-Based Medicine, Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM)
- des Agnes Cruser, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor - Medical Education/Academic Affairs, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)
- Tyler Cymet, DO, Associate Vice President for Medical Education, AACOM
- Charles E. Henley, DO, MPH, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)
- Anita Navarro, MEd, Curriculum Consultant, Association of American Medical Colleges
- Andrew Yuan, DO
AACOM formed the Joining Forces Curriculum Work Group to create educational resources that are focused on the priorities of the Joining Forces initiative for use by the nation’s osteopathic medical colleges. The first example of the proposed curriculum is expected to be complete by Veterans Day, November 12, 2012.
Currently, 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 apprised of Joining Forces activities and progress.