University of South Carolina

School of Medicine teams up with Michelle Obama to fight PTSD

Margaret M. Lamb,, 803-777-5400

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine is teaming up with more than 100 medical schools nationwide in a pledge of support for first lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative.

Along with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), USC SOM is committing education, research and clinical care resources to train physicians to meet veterans and their families’ health care needs, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

“We are honored to participate in the White House Joining Forces initiative to address the health care needs of our military veterans and their families,” said Richard Hoppmann, M.D., dean of the USC School of Medicine. “Veterans living in South Carolina depend upon the health care resources provided by the School of Medicine through our affiliation with the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, and the Joining Forces initiative reinforces our commitment to provide outstanding health care to these military heroes.”

Veterans seeking health care have benefitted from the long-standing affiliation between the School of Medicine and the Dorn VA Medical Center. Since the school’s creation in 1977, medical students have performed clinical rotations at the Dorn VA Medical Center and outpatient clinics.

Medical schools around the country will expand training for medical students and physicians in how to treat PTSD and TBI, expand research on the conditions and share new information and best practices through AAMC forums.

First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden created Joining Forces to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and take action to support veterans and military families as they serve their country and throughout their lives. The initiative aims to educate, challenge and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the support they have earned. For more information on the Joining Forces initiative, please visit go to the joining forces web site.

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Posted: 01/13/12 @ 6:25 PM | Updated: 01/17/12 @ 8:14 AM | Permalink