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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Colleges Add Training to Assist Health Care Needs of Military Families

Virginia Commonwealth University and The University of South Florida are just a couple of the 130 schools associated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) pledging to leverage their missions in education, research, and train the nation’s physicians to meet the unique health care needs of the military and veterans communities.

Speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University today, the first lady said, "I’m inspired to see our nation’s medical schools step up to address this pressing need for our veterans and military families.  By directing some of our brightest minds, our most cutting-edge research, and our finest teaching institutions toward our military families, they’re ensuring that those who have served our country receive the first-rate care that they have earned,” says First Lady Michelle Obama.

Together, the AAMC and AACOM are committing to improve the education in their medical schools, the research in their laboratories, and the clinical care in their hospitals to better address the health issues that military families face.  Specifically, these organizations are committing to training their medical students as well as their current physicians, faculty, and staff to better diagnose and treat veterans and military families as well as develop new research and clinical trials on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and TBI in an effort to better understand and treat those conditions.  The organizations will continue to work with the VA and the Department of Defense to make sure that everyone is providing the best care available.

The effort is yet another initiative the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden have worked in partnership with Joining Forces to care for U.S. military personnel and their families.  Recently the first lady announced another initiative to help returning military forces find employment.

To see the entire list of educational institutions participating and for more on the First Lady's Joining Forces initiative visit

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