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    SAUSHEC continues tradition of excellence

    SAUSHEC continues tradition of excellence

    Photo By Daniel J. Calderón | Army Capt. Mateo Betancourt and Army Capt. Elizabeth Koslow simulate checking on a...... read more read more



    Story by Daniel J. Calderón 

    Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs   

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – The 2020 San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, or SAUSHEC, graduation ceremony was scheduled for June 5; however, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation and awards ceremonies were postponed and changed to reflect the safety protocols now in place.

    Nearly 300 students completed their curriculum and would have walked the stage this year. However, the SAUSHEC leadership, in coordination with BAMC, the 59th Medical Wing, and the Defense Health Agency, was able to build a graduation ceremony video for play at smaller individual in-person residency program ceremonies so family members and friends could hear from senior leaders and enjoy the day along with the students.

    In the ceremony video, the Defense Health Agency’s Director, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, took time to congratulate and encourage the graduates from his work location in Washington, D.C.

    “The Army, the Air Force, the Navy – they need your talents,” Place told the graduates. “The country needs your talents. In fact, the world needs your talents. The paradigm has shifted. The conditions are different from when you began your residencies. Many of you are about to embark on your first solo assignment – practitioners in your new specialty. And if that’s not enough of an adjustment, you’re assuming these new responsibilities in an unfamiliar world where the health of all of our citizens has an impact, on the economy, on national security, on the delivery of – and access to – healthcare for other conditions and diseases.”

    Place reminded the graduates they will be on the front line of ensuring medical readiness for the military around the world, and their leadership and medical training has made them “the most prepared on the planet to operate in this complex environment.” He said the skills they have honed throughout their military careers and during their residency period are critical in an array of arenas.

    Retired Air Force Col. Mark True, the SAUSHEC Dean, said he is proud of the graduating students.

    “This year’s graduates are ready to face the challenges ahead of them,” True said. “Their program leaders and faculty have ensured this. Unique this year is how the nation will continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which will require out-of-the-box thinking as the way we conduct healthcare has changed as a result. One bright spot about recent events is that we have collectively advanced telehealth capability, such that both, providers and patients, are more comfortable with this mode of care, and our graduates are prepared.”

    The graduates are broken down into two basic categories - Graduate Medical Education and Graduate-level Allied Health Education. They consist of Army, Navy, Air Force, and civilian residents.

    Army - 87
    Navy - 2
    Air Force - 139

    Army - 30
    Air Force - 23
    Civilian - 2

    On June 19, SAUSHEC held an outdoor awards ceremony at the Freedom Park Amphitheater, honoring the following graduates and faculty members:

    -- Research Awards

    Scholarship in Action

    Maj. Andrew M. Hersh, Pulmonary Critical Care, 1st Quarter
    Lt. Col. Matthew A. Borgman, Pediatric Intensive Care, 2nd Quarter
    Lt. Col. Kevin S. Akers, Infectious Disease, 3rd Quarter
    Matthew W. Reid, PhD, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center, 4th Quarter

    House Staff Hall of Fame

    Resident: Capt. Grant A. Justin, Ophthalmology
    Resident: Capt. Donovan S. Reed, Ophthalmology
    Fellow: Maj. Kathryn J. Lago, Infectious Disease

    Commanders’ Awards for Original Medical Research and Quality Improvement

    Allied Health
    Maj. Amy M. Moore, Emergency Medicine PA

    Quality Improvement Patient Safety
    Maj. Lisa M. Angotti, Surgery Critical Care

    Resident Primary Care
    1st place – Capt. Joshua M. Boster, Internal Medicine
    2nd place – Lt. Cmdr. Stephen M. Hughes, Internal Medicine
    3rd place – Capt. Hannah L. Gale, Pediatrics

    Resident Surgical
    1st place – Maj. Tommy A. Brown II, General Surgery
    2nd place – Maj. Kaitlin M. Peace, General Surgery
    3rd place – Capt. Marshall D. Hill, Ophthalmology

    Animal/Basic Science
    1st place – Maj. Christopher J. Corkins, General Surgery
    2nd place - Capt. Amy M. Reed, Urology
    3rd place – Capt. Donovan S. Reed, Ophthalmology

    Fellow Clinical
    1st place – Maj. Brittanie I. Neaves, Allergy/Immunology
    2nd place – Maj. Kathryn J. Lago, Infectious Disease
    3rd place – Maj. Joshua C. Anchan, Neonatology

    -- Faculty, Trainee and Program Awards

    Professionalism Award
    Col. (ret) Anthony J. Johnson, Ophthalmology

    Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Award
    Lt. Col. Sarah N. Bowe, Otolaryngology

    Lt. Gen. Paul K. Carlton, Jr. Award
    Graduate Medical Education Faculty Award
    Maj. Brit J. Long, Emergency Medicine

    Col. Gerald Wayne Talcott Award
    Graduate Allied Health Education Faculty Award
    Lt. Col. (P) Enrique V. Smith-Forbes, Occupational Therapy

    Col. Woodson Scott Jones Award
    Graduate Allied Health Education Trainee Award
    Maj. John A. Blue Star, Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship

    Col. Gail D. Deyle Award
    Graduate Allied Health Education Program Director Award
    Maj. Bryan B. Pickens, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

    Maj. John H. Gillespie Award
    Graduate Medical Education Intern Award
    Capt. John P. Marinelli, Otolaryngology

    Maj. David S. Berry Award
    Graduate Medical Education Resident Award
    Capt. Donovan S. Reed, Ophthalmology

    Col. Donald M. Null Award
    Graduate Medical Education Fellow Award
    Maj. John L. Kiley, Infectious Disease

    Ms. Ylda A. Benavides Award
    SAUSHEC Program Coordinator Award
    Ms. Tracy L. Gruber, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

    Col. John D. Roscelli Award
    Graduate Medical Education Program Director Award
    Lt. Col. Larissa F. Weir, Obstetrics Gynecology

    Gold Headed Cane 2020 Award
    Col. Jason F. Okulicz, Infectious Disease

    According to SAUSHEC leadership, the Gold Headed Cane symbolizes the best academic medicine has to offer in the three arenas that are its focus: patient care, teaching, and clinical research. The original cane was carried from 1689 until l825 by six distinguished British physicians who cared for royalty: Dr. John Radcliffe, Dr. Richard Meade, Dr. Anthony Askew, Dr. William Pitcairn, Dr. David Pitcairn and Dr. Mathew Baillie. It is now prominently displayed in the Royal College of Physicians, London, England.

    SAUSHEC’s mission is to “advance military health and readiness through education of physicians and allied health specialists to lead our nation’s Military Health System (MHS) into the future.” It is one of two Department of Defense graduate health education consortia. It is the second largest DoD GME platform for military doctors and the Air Force’s largest. It is also the largest DoD GAHE platform.

    SAUSHEC hosts 37 GME specialty programs and 22 GAHE programs. The training programs are located primarily at BAMC and at the 59th Medical Wing’s Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on JBSA Lackland.



    Date Taken: 06.23.2020
    Date Posted: 06.23.2020 15:24
    Story ID: 372676
    Location: FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX, US 

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