The membership is comprised mostly of Health Professions Scholarship (HPSP) students 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.
- To inform – The UT Health San Antonio Military Health Interest Group shall be a resource to those interested or a part of the military in every capacity possible; including, but not limited to: Information sessions, guest speakers, mentor direction.
- To include – The UT Health San Antonio Military Health Interest Groupmakes no stipulations about who may join. All branches of the military, all genders, all ethnicities, any civilians with interest, and all Health Science Center Students are welcome to join.
- To invest – The UT Health San Antonio Military Health Interest Group reaches out to the military community through volunteering, advocacy, and service to the many military institutions in San Antonio to invest in better federal care.
- To be an informative organization that allows the students of our Health Science Center to come together and provide guidance and camaraderie throughout their lifelong education.
- To educate about what unique opportunities exist within military healthcare (research, leadership, military schools, etc.) and work with the Military Health Institute
- To show how to navigate/plan a career path
- To teach basic lessons in officership to future military members and what it means to be a member of the armed services.
Dr. Byron Hepburn, Director of the Military Health Institute (MHI), is the Faculty Advisor for the UT Health San Antonio Military Health Interest Group.