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Health Care Needs of Veterans, Military Service Members, and Their Families Highlighted in Fourth Annual Joining Forces Wellness Week

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2015—Across the country, medical schools and teaching hospitals are participating in the fourth annual Joining Forces Wellness Week to highlight the unique health care needs of our nation’s veterans, military service members, and their families. In recognition of Veterans Day, the weeklong initiative is part of a broader effort by institutions to participate in the White House Joining Forces initiative.

“Joining Forces Wellness Week is an opportunity to demonstrate how medical schools and teaching hospitals are providing care for our nation’s veterans, military service members, and their families in ways no other facilities can,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC president and CEO. “This initiative also allows us to bring greater attention to the health care needs of those who serve and have served, while training tomorrow’s doctors to be prepared to care for them and their families.”

Joining Forces Wellness Week will take place Nov. 9–13. During the week, many AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals will be holding local events to honor veterans and address the health care needs of returning military service members. Additionally, the AAMC, in collaboration with the White House Joining Forces staff and the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will host a free webinar External Link series on the health and wellness of military service members and veterans featuring national experts from medical schools, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and others. Topics include the following:

  • Service Culture of the Military and Implications for Health Care Providers
  • Generational Differences of Veterans and Service Members and Impact on Health and Wellness
  • Incorporating Veteran and Military Health Curricula into Health Professions Education
  • Military and Veteran Families—Service and Resilience
  • Guard and Reserve: Insights and Resources

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for participation in these webinars will be available through Tufts University, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and PESI Mental Health. In addition to being presented as live webcasts, the series will be archived for future participants to view and earn CME credit.

Attendees at the AAMC’s Medical Education Meeting in Baltimore, MD, can participate in the webinar via a live webcast at AAMC Connect on Tuesday, Nov. 10; Wednesday, Nov. 11; and Thursday, Nov. 12. 

Academic medicine’s history of supporting the efforts of the nation’s military and veterans dates back to the end of World War II, with the establishment of partnerships between medical schools and VA hospitals. In keeping with this long-standing commitment, in January 2012, more than 100 medical schools across the country pledged to educate and train the nation’s physicians to meet the health care needs of military service members and their families by deploying their integrated missions in education, research, and clinical care through the Joining Forces initiative. As part of this effort, medical schools are updating curricula, sponsoring research to improve treatments for common injuries, and increasing awareness of military cultural competency.

For more information on Joining Forces, visit www.aamc.org/joiningforces.

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.

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