Military Health Institute Distinguished Lecture Series

MHI hosts a series of Distinguished Lectures in Military Health. Past speakers include Dr. Charles Figley who spoke about compassion fatigue in a caregiver context, Dr. Dale Smith who spoke about the history of military medicine, and Dr. Jon Kerstetter who spoke on resiliency and transformation from a soldier/doctor perspective. Most recently, Dr. Jeffery Tiede (Colonel, US Army), Director of the Center for the Intrepid, spoke about human performance research and its impact on military health.

Leadership Talks and Grand Rounds

The MHI participates in several leadership talks and grand rounds presentations throughout the year. These presentations take lessons learned in the military health system and apply them to civilian settings. MHI is dedicated to promoting excellence in healthcare and routinely engages with the the university departments, University Hospital, and surrounding military collaborators. Recently, the MHI Director, Dr. Byron Hepburn, gave a talk on leadership during a disaster, which is especially timely given the current COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch it here:

Joe and Patty Robles Endowed Post Doctoral Fellowship in Military Health Research

The MHI Fellowship in Military Health supports a post-doctoral scholar in their pursuit of improving the health of service members, veterans, and their families. The fellowship is competitive and selected bi-annually. The fellowship provides significant opportunity to interface with key leaders from the military health community in order to advance their academic career as well as the mission of the MHI.

Dr. Alisha Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Alisha Smith is the new post-doctoral fellow supported by the Joe and Patty Robles Endowed Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Military Health Research. Dr. Smith performed her graduate training in Dr. Sunil K. Ahuja’s laboratory at the VA Center for Personalized Medicine and Department of Medicine at UTHSA. She completed her PhD in the Microbiology and Immunology department at UTHSA.

Military Health Interest Group (MHIG)

MHIG membership is comprised mostly of Health Professions Scholarship (HPSP) students at UT Health San Antonio who will attend military residency programs after the completion of an undergraduate medical education. Their interests include learning more about the military culture and understanding the challenges that our wounded, ill and injured (and their families) are facing.

As a group, the UT Health San Antonio Military Health Interest Group plans speaking engagements, performs community outreach activities, volunteers for military appreciation events such as  Veteran’s Day ceremonies, fundraises for military-affiliated charities, and in general, serves as a community for students, veterans, and civilians with a passion for the unique demands of military healthcare. The UT Health San Antonio Military Health Interest Group also hosts a promotion ceremony once a year to honor those 4th year medical and dental military HPSP students that will be receiving their military promotion with graduation from professional school.

Recently, the MHIG hosted a panel discussion with military wounded warriors, which gave us great insight into the healthcare needs of the veteran population, as well as an Introduction to the GME Selection Process, presented by Dr. Brian Faux.