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Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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DOD Announces Effort to Ensure Reproductive Health Care

Article Around MHS
10/20/2022
TRICARE covers a full range of contraceptive methods, regardless of which health plan you have. And recent changes to TRICARE policies help make sure you’ll have easy, convenient, and timely access to contraceptive services.

Today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced the Department will take all appropriate action, within its authority and consistent with applicable federal law, as soon as possible to ensure that Service members and their families can access reproductive health care and health care providers can operate effectively.

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It’s all About Adapting…When it Comes to Disability

Article Around MHS
10/19/2022
Meagan Gorsuch participates in downhill skiing

Meagan Gorsuch, a Kirtland U.S. Air Force Base military spouse, knows all about adapting to her disabilities. She has been deafblind since birth. See how she has adapted to a world that can still be a challenge for the disabled.

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NMRTC Bremerton Thinks Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Article Around MHS
10/18/2022
Military personnel raising awareness for breast cancer

From rose to fuchsia to salmon, with October designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton’s staff members donned pink attire to raise awareness for the annual breast cancer campaign.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Highlight: Capt. Cyanela Hernandez Borrero

Article Around MHS
10/17/2022
U.S. Air Force Capt. Cyanela "HB" Hernandez Borrero

Capt. Cyanela "HB" Hernandez Borrero, a Clinical Psychologist assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Medical Squadron, was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico. From a young age, she was influenced by the medical field and the military.

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USU Alumna Honored as U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon of the Year

Article Around MHS
10/14/2022
U.S. Navy Major (Dr.) Courtney Beaver wearing surgical mask

Only three years out of medical school, she tended to hundreds of evacuees fleeing Afghanistan during the August 2021 exodus from Kabul International Airport.

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Destigmatizing Mental Health Counseling and Treatment in Relation to National Security Clearances

Article Around MHS
10/13/2022
Mental health infographic

A new specialty adjudicative branch of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency Consolidated Adjudications Service focusing in behavioral science is expediting security clearance adjudications, as the agency continues its campaign to destigmatize mental health counseling and treatment in relation to the adjudication of national security clearances.

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Dedicated Mental Health Facility Opens for Naval Surface Force in San Diego

Article Around MHS
10/12/2022
Military medical personnel at ceremony

The Embedded Mental Health building is the new mental health facility for Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) operational Sailors, with an overarching goal to give active-duty personnel fast and quality access to mental health care, provide consultation to triads, and training for medical personnel and crews.

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U.S. Army's Regional Health Command-Europe Redesignates to Medical Readiness Command

Article Around MHS
10/11/2022
Military personnel at color ceremony

The U.S. Army is modernizing medical care to provide sustained expeditionary, and tailored medical forces to support the Army against any adversary in joint, multi-domain, high-intensity battlefields of the future and through the next pandemic.

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USNS Mercy Completes 17th Annual Pacific Partnership Mission

Article Around MHS
10/11/2022
USNS Mercy returning to port

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) returned to its homeport on Sept. 30 following completion of the 17th annual Pacific Partnership mission. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

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Coast Guard Will Begin New Physician Training to Help Staff Clinics

Article Around MHS
10/7/2022
https://www.mycg.uscg.mil/News/Article/3172594/coast-guard-will-begin-new-physician-training-to-help-staff-clinics/ on the USCG website

The Coast Guard will begin training its own physicians to help fill vacancies in medical staff amidst a nationwide shortage of health care professionals.

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Training Marines as Combat Life Savers

Article Around MHS
10/7/2022
Military medical personnel practice lifesaving procedures

U.S. Navy Corpsman from Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG), I Marine Expeditionary Force, hosted the second iteration of Marines training on life saving fundamentals and casualty care.

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Getting Back to the Fight

Article Around MHS
10/6/2022
Military personnel working out

Training for America’s next battles will always involve risk. Creating an environment that simulates the many elements of warfare is an ever-changing obstacle, but the Marine Corps has always adapted to these obstacles.

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Physical Fitness | Injury Prevention

CHCS Hospital Information System Ends its Life at Madigan

Article Around MHS
10/5/2022
Col. (Dr.) Jonathan Craig Taylor speaking at podium

Madigan Army Medical Center turned off its legacy computer system Composite Health Care System (CHCS) at a decommissioning ceremony on September 29, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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U.S. Africa Command Special Operations Forces Host Medical Civic Action Program in Ghana

Article Around MHS
10/4/2022
Military medical personnel with local children in Ghana

U.S. Army Civil Affairs members representing Special Operations Command Africa hosted a medical civic action program with Ghanaian soldiers from the 6th Infantry Battalion in Yendi, Ghana, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2022. The team oversaw the treatment of approximately 1,000 patients during the MEDCAP’s two-day duration.

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Reynolds Army Health Clinic Up to Speed After MHS GENESIS Implementation

Article Around MHS
10/3/2022
Military personnel at medical records service window

The DOD’s new EHR system, MHS GENESIS, allows patients to have full access to all their medical records under one system. All branches of service will have complete access to their medical records.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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