AACOM and Member Colleges Join Forces to Support Veteran and Military Medicine

Taking Initiative in OME

10-2015_Veterans-dayAs a proud partner in the White House-sponsored Joining Forces Initiative (JFI), AACOM continues to support the national effort to train students, medical educators, and physicians to ensure quality care and to meet the unique clinical needs of our nation's military service members and veterans, and their families. 

Expanding upon its initial commitment to this important cause, AACOM participated in Joining Forces Wellness Week (JFWW) 2015, November 9-13, and promoted resources like the Center for Deployment Psychology's series of webinars which focused on a variety of military health issues, in an effort to elevate the role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in serving this community.

Nation's COMs Pledge to Participate

This year, AACOM encouraged the COMs to take part in our Joining Forces curricular initiative by hosting a special curricular event for students focused on clinical and cultural competencies specific to military medicine. By pledging to participate in AACOM's curricular initiative, each COM committed to hosting a two-hour military medicine educational activity for DO students during JFWW, using the educational resources AACOM has created and compiled and/or their own curricular modules.

The following colleges of osteopathic medicine pledged to participate in AACOM's 2015 Joining Forces curricular initiative during this year's Joining Forces Wellness Week and on Veterans Day:

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)

11-2015_RVU-COM-military-APlanned military medicine-focused educational activities: We have a robust and functioning program for one of the largest Military Classes of HPSP Scholars in the profession. We have carried out joint programs with the Department Of Defense Health Agency. We just finished a joint operation with RVU and the Wyoming Air National Guard.

Other planned Veterans Day activities: Held a Veterans Day Ceremony and have planned joint activities with Evens Army Medical Center throughout the year. We also have regular visits by retired and active duty officers on our campus. We encourage the wearing of the uniform at least one or two days a month. For the past three years RVU has been designated a Military Friendly School.

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM)

Planned military medicine-focused educational activities: Webinars from AAMC and Joining Forces programs (sponsored by Tufts University).

Other planned Veterans Day activities: Seminars on military medicine and role in health care of active, reserve, and family members. These activities will be student-driven with oversight by military medicine veterans on our faculty at Marian University COM.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

Planned military medicine-focused educational activities: Brief discussion on the events behind Veterans Day and time to reflect.

Other planned Veterans Day activities: Members of our Military Community will be in uniform for today, a moment of silence will be held, and taps will be played by a member of the school of pharmacy faculty. 

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM)

Planned military medicine-focused educational activities: NYIT-COM has participated and continues to support interprofessional education (IPE) experiences involving medical students from the NYIT School of Health Professions and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Other planned Veterans Day activities: This event has been taking place on November 11, 2015, for the past several years. This year, the program emphasized the importance of working together through interprofessional collaboration and related to the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Student representatives from the School of Health Professions and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT presented an engaging program to a full auditorium. Dr. Sidney Simon, who has taught every student at NYIT-COM since the COM opened its doors in 1978—a total of nearly 7000 graduates to date—was honored during the event's ceremony. Dr. Simon has received the Purple Heart Medal for his service in World War II.

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)

Planned military medicine-focused educational activities: Presentation on PTSD by Andrew Lovy, DO, first commissioned DO in the U.S. Army and combat surgeon.

Other planned Veterans Day activities: Veterans table in university commons area in remembrance of fallen comrades; veterans distributing poppies to staff and students.

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Forth Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)

Planned military medicine-focused educational activities: The department of Osteopathic Manipulative and Family Medicine hosted a presentation on November 13 at our Health Science Center campus in Room CBH 230, from 12 to 2 PM. The topic was “Military service-related concerns of Veterans: A critical consideration for healthcare providers.” The presenter, Dr. Helmer, discussed the potential lifelong impact of military service and deployment on the health of U.S. service members, as well as resources and approaches for addressing these effects.

Learn more about the White House Joining Forces Initiative. Learn more about AACOM's JFI efforts
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November 2015
Vol. 9, No. 11