A National Effort to Prepare Students, Faculty and Clinical Providers to Ensure Adequate and Appropriate Care for Military Service Members and Veterans and Their Families

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) salutes and is honored to participate in the White House-sponsored Joining Forces initiative to address the health care needs of military service members and veterans and their families. 

AACOM believes that with some 70 percent of veterans receiving their health care outside of the Veterans Administration, it is incumbent upon all medical schools to ensure that graduating physicians have the medical and cultural competencies they need to effectively deliver health care to our nation’s large number of military service members and veterans and their families.

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First Lady Michelle Obama at Virginia Commonwealth University, announcing a major commitment by the country’s top medical colleges and universities to create a new generation of doctors, medical schools, and research facilities to ensure that veterans and service members and their families receive the medical care they need. (Video courtesy of Virginia Commonwealth University.)

Pledge of Support

AACOM and all of the nation's colleges of osteopathic medicine have signed on to the following pledge (along with the Association of American Medical Colleges and the majority of its members):

Recognizing the sacrifice and commitment of our military service members, veterans, and their families, our nation’s medical schools pledge to mobilize their uniquely integrated missions in education, research, and clinical care to train our nation’s physicians to meet this group’s health care needs. In 2012, we commit to:

  • Enrich medical education along its continuum to ensure that current and future physicians are trained in the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans, and their families;
  • Disseminate the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic information as it relates to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • Grow the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for our military service members, veterans, and their families; and
  • Join with others to further strengthen the supportive community of physicians, institutions, and health care providers dedicated to improving the health of military service members, veterans, and their families.

AACOM’s Joining Forces Activities

  1. AACOM will be appointing an expert panel of faculty and administrators with a military background to advise AACOM’s efforts related to Joining Forces, to coordinate curricular efforts related to number 4, below, and to serve as the organization’s Joining Forces champions and coordinators.

  2. AACOM will work to help its member colleges incorporate targeted post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and depression treatment training throughout their curricula, and also will work with sister organizations on ensuring that training in these areas continues throughout the medical education continuum—in residency programs, and in continuing medical education.

  3. AACOM will devote a track in its 2013 Annual Meeting to preparing future physicians to care for military service members and veterans and their families.

  4. AACOM will develop curricular modules that can be integrated throughout the osteopathic medical education continuum. The association will coordinate with sister associations and active member colleges to ensure broad applicability and relevance. The resulting work might form the content of a webinar series that could be accessed by medical schools, residency directors, and CME providers as they work to educate future physicians and help current physicians develop competency in this critical area.

  5. AACOM commits to working with the other health professions education associations participating in Joining Forces on raising awareness of this important initiative and helping to ensure that all of the nation’s future health care professionals work in concert to ensure the health and well-being of our nation’s military service members and veterans and their families.

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