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. Raquel “Rocky” Bono (Vice Admiral, US Navy retired), former director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke about “The Case for Disruptive Leadership.”
Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, as the former Director of the Defense Health Agency, led the unprecedented merger of four separate health delivery systems into an integrated system of readiness and health for the entire military. Dr. Bono shared her experiences and insights for designing and sustaining a value-based health system through disruptive leadership. The title of her lecture on November 21, 2019 was “The Case for Disruptive Leadership.”
Grand Rounds and Leadership Talks
The MHI participates in several leadership talks and grand rounds presentations throughout the year. 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:
MHI Postdoctoral Fellowship
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.
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.