Articles  |   December 2019
U.S. Military Medicine 2019: A View From the Outside
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Articles   |   December 2019
U.S. Military Medicine 2019: A View From the Outside
ASA Monitor 12 2019, Vol.83, 40-42.
ASA Monitor 12 2019, Vol.83, 40-42.
This is the first of a two-part series on our military's health system.
Recently, the authors spent several days with our Armed Services as participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC). Founded in 1948, the JCOC is the most prestigious public liaison program in the military and is sponsored directly by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Kim Joiner, Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Strategic Engagement, leads the JCOC. Charged with bridging the civilian-military divide, Ms. Joiner explains that the JCOC is “the premier outreach event for the Secretary of Defense.” The conference’s mission is to present an integrated picture of America's military, dealing with both national policy as established by civilian leaders, and the military means to carry out that policy. For the first time, this year's JCOC was focused on medical operations, and highlighted the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who work to treat our sick and wounded military members and their families. The JCOC afforded us unprecedented access to key civilian and military leaders in the medical community, along with unscripted time with the actual service members who perform patient care, research, education and support roles. Herein we describe some of the highlights of modern military medicine.
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