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USU Board of Regents Welcomes our Incoming President

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Announcements |

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Army Major General Richard “Tom” Thomas, MD, DDS, as the new president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. MG Thomas was selected from a large pool of candidates nationwide which was narrowed down to six, and then from a shortlist of three finalists. He was selected by a search committee made up of faculty, staff, Board members, and students, led by the Board of Regents. MG Thomas was most recently the Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Defense Health Agency Healthcare Operations directorate and is retiring later this month.  He is a well-respected leader and health care professional with impressive academic credentials.  I am confident that his belief in the USU mission and his proven experience in education, leadership, health care, and research will keep the university and its students on its distinctive course. Dr. Thomas is fortunate to be joining a well-rounded senior leadership team at USU made up of outstanding professionals. When Dr. Rice informed me he would be leaving the presidency, I knew that we had a significant gap to fill. His leadership has made USU the outstanding university it is today. His indefatigable commitment to the University is evident in every part of the institution. I thank Chip for his service, and I am confident that Dr. Thomas’ proven leadership will lead to more great things for USU. Dr. Thomas was commissioned through the ROTC program at West Virginia University. He graduated from the WVU School of Dentistry and served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps before receiving his medical degree from the WVU School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Thomas completed his internship at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington.  Dr. Thomas is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is a previous Consultant to The Army Surgeon General in his medical specialty.  His professional affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology and various other national and international medical societies. Dr. Thomas’ military education includes the Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army Medical Department Officer Advanced and Basic Courses. Prior to his most recent assignment, Dr. Thomas served as the Commanding General of Western Regional Medical Command; Chief, U.S. Army Medical Corps and Senior Market Executive for TRICARE Puget Sound Multi-Service Market.  Previous duty assignments include Surgeon General, United States Forces-Afghanistan and Senior Medical Advisor, International Security Assistance Forces Joint Command-Afghanistan; Assistant Army Surgeon General (Force Projection), the...

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2014 Alumni Awards Recognize Outstanding Contributions to Medicine

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in News |

The USU Alumni Association awarded its 2014 Alumni Awards during the Founder’s Day Dinner held on 20 September 2014.  Twenty-four impressive nominees were considered for the prestigious awards that recognize USU alumni for contributions to both the military and to medicine. The following individuals were chosen as the 2014 recipients: The Uniformed Services University Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award, for significant contributions made to Health Sciences or Military Health, academic achievement, outstanding leadership, high personal integrity, promotion of the art and science of medicine in or through military/government/community service, significant contribution to the military or public health of a community or special population and other honors received, was awarded to Thomas W. Travis, Lt Gen, MC, USAF, Class of 1986. The Uniformed Services University Alumni Association Military Medical Service Graduate of the Year Award, for significant contributions to Military Health, assignments of responsibility, outstanding leadership, high personal integrity, military publications, deployments, heroic actions, military awards and other awards, was awarded to Tad L. Gerlinger, COL, MC, USA, Class of 1994. The Uniformed Services University Alumni Association School of Medicine Graduate of the Year Award, for board certification in a recognized specialty as defined by the American Board of Medical Specialties, significant contributions to Medicine or Military Medicine, leadership that has influenced standards and professional practice, command or operational activity, contributions to medical education, contributions to basic science or clinical research, special contributions to the field of medicine, extramural activities that further the goals of the profession and other honors received,  was awarded to Edward D. Arrington, COL, MC, USA(ret.), Class of 1988. The Uniformed Services University Alumni Association Graduate School of Nursing Graduate of the Year Award, for board certification in Advanced Practice Nursing, significant contributions to the local, domestic or global healthcare community (including the military healthcare system), leadership influence in healthcare policy, command, operational or humanitarian contributions, influence in nursing or healthcare education, scholarly practice (Research or Evidence-Based Practice), special contributions to the field of nursing, extramural activities that further the goals of the nursing or other healthcare professions (e.g. interdisciplinary healthcare) and impact on clinical practice, was awarded to Richard M. Prior, COL, NC, USA, Class of 2002. Former recipients of the USU Alumni Awards are: Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 CAPT Brooks D. Cash, MD Military Medical Service Award 2013 BG Rhonda L.S. Cornum, MD School of Medicine Award 2013 COL James R. Ficke, MD Graduate School of Nursing Award 2013 Lt Col Heather L. Johnson, DNP Graduate School of Medicine Award 2013 COL Bruce A. Schoneboom, Ph.D. The 2015 Awards Program will open for nominees in March...

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Host medical students in your practice!!!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in News |

USU School of Medicine seeks local area USU alumni involved in private/other practice who are willing to provide PRE-clerkship clinical opportunities to MS-I students.  Ideal opportunities would offer MS-I students the ability to participate–even in a limited way–and/or be responsible for, an element of direct patient interaction/basic care.  Time commitment is a few hours once or twice a month.  Contact Arnyce Pock to volunteer!!...

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Seasonal teaching opportunities available!!!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in News |

USU School of Medicine seeks facilitators for pathology course small groups as well as assistance with Medical History, Human Context, Medical Ethics, Introduction to Clinical Reasoning, & other courses.  Training will be provided so don’t worry if it’s been a while since you’ve been a student or actively involved in one of these disciplines.  These are not long-term commitments, opportunities occur on an as needed basis.  Contact Arnyce Pock to volunteer!!...

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2013 USU Alumni Day Speakers

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in News |

LtGen Thomas W. Travis (SOM 1986), USAF, Surgeon General LtGen spoke about his days at USU and the lifelong friendships he made – including the annual fly-fishing tradition he and his amigos developed, for which he was on his way to the airport that morning! He also spoke of F. Edward Hebert and other early supporters of USU and how their visions have been realized in the University as it stands today, 40 years since its inception. He expressed his emotional experiences traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan, meeting patients, families and providers. He summed up his thoughts about USU by saying, “USU has paid this country incredible dividends – proven again and again through this long and challenging war, where we have learned so much.” MG Joseph Caravalho, Jr. (SOM 1983), USA, Commanding General, US Army Medical Research & Materiel Command and Fort Detrick Having passed up a promising career with Second City, a comedy club in Chicago, to achieve success as a Cardiologist and leader in the Army Medical Corps, MG Caravalho regaled us with his advice on “how to become a General”. Although he saluted those esteemed colleagues who are members of AOA, he was a charter member of “BOB – bottom of the barrel”. Despite some struggles in med school, along the way he met individuals who inspired him with their success and he paid attention to how they got to where they were. His advice to junior officers is to pull out all the stops – if you love the Army, then you have to go “all in”, plan on being a career officer. You need to know about the “Big Army”, not just about medicine. Medicine revolves around the war fighting leaders and is there to support them. After 34 years, he continues to be impressed with USU grads who appear to be comfortable in uniform. They are not service divided and there are no prima donnas. We now have USU alumni as senior leaders to assist those insightful early visionaries who have always loved the school in their support of USU. RADM Sandra L. Kweder, Ret. (SOM 1984), USPHS, Deputy Director, Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration She connected the dots between lessons learned at USU, inspired by such mentors as Dr. Simon Auster, and development as a leader. “Understanding one’s self” and “understanding people and their culture” were two of the most notable precepts she has used throughout her career. RADM Kweder gave us a rare glimpse inside the FDA. One specific example she focused on was the all too familiar problem of dealing with drug shortages and the common misunderstanding of the...

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