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Our History

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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MHSRS 2022 Award Winner: STRONG STAR Consortium

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9/21/2022
STRONG STAR

Dr. Alan Peterson, Outstanding Research Accomplishment (Team/Academia or Industry) - South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience (STRONG STAR) Consortium’s Dr. Alan Peterson discusses his Military Health Research Symposium 2022 award-winning research into stress and adjustment disorders in military service members. The outcome of this seminal study greatly advances the care and treatment of those with psychological health conditions, helping more service members and veterans recover and maintain or resume healthy, productive lives. MHSRS 2022 provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry on research and related health care initiatives falling under the topic areas of Combat Casualty Care, Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, and Infectious Diseases.

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DHA CIO remarks on MED365 at DHITS 2022

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9/20/2022
DHA CIO Patrick Flanders

DHA CIO Patrick Flanders explains the history behind MED365 during his plenary remarks at the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium 2022.

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2022 Military Health System Research Symposium Opening Plenary Session

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9/16/2022
2022 Military Health System Research Symposium Opening Plenary Session

The 2022 Military Health System Research Symposium opened with a morning plenary at the Gaylord Hotel in Kissimmee, FL on Monday, September 12, 2022. MHSRS 2022 provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry on research and related health care initiatives falling under the topic areas of Combat Casualty Care, Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, and Infectious Diseases.

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Leadership visits the exhibit hall at MHSRS 2022

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9/14/2022
Leadership visits the exhibit hall at MHSRS 2022

Leaders from across the Military Health System toured the exhibit hall at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. Exhibitors demonstrated a wide variety of technologies and knowledge products from a wide variety of military medical research disciplines. Exhibitors represented agencies from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Defense Health Agency, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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MHSRS 2022 Opening Highlight Reel

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9/13/2022
U.S. Navy Color Guard opens the MHSRS 2022.

Highlight video of the MHSRS Opening Plenary Session featuring Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Ms. Seileen Mullen; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight, Dr. Terry M. Rauch; President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Dr. Jonathan Woodson; Defense Health Agency Director, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald J. Place; and Deputy Assistant Director, Research and Engineering Brig. Gen. Katherine A. Simonson.

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Pain Management Paradigm

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9/12/2022
Pain Management Paradigm

Everyone experiences pain at some point in their life. The MHS approach to treating pain is evolving to be safer, tailored, and more effective. Learn more about the new pain paradigm here: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/833933/pain-management-paradigm

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Understanding Pain

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9/12/2022
Understanding Pain

“For someone experiencing chronic or acute pain the best thing to do, other than seek professional treatment, is to educate yourself on what’s happening inside your body and brain. Watch this video to learn the difference between chronic and acute pain, their possible causes, and how to find treatment. https://www.dvidshub.net/video/850903/understanding-pain”

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New DOD Pain Assessment Tool

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9/12/2022
Pain Assessment

Clinicians used to ask patients what their pain was on a simple scale of one to ten. We now know that pain just isn’t that simple. Watch this video to learn why the Defense and Veteran’s Pain Rating Scale is a much-needed improvement (and how to use it to assess your own pain): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/856198/new-dod-pain-assessment-tool

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Essentials of Quality Pain Care

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9/12/2022
Pain Essentials

Traditional approaches to pain care opted to simply medicate and satiate immediate needs. Now, the health care industry is committed to finding holistic and gradual methods to improve patients’ overall quality of life and restore a higher level of function. Watch this video to learn more: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/856199/essentials-quality-pain-care

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Suicide Prevention: A Message from CSM Gragg

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8/25/2022
CSM Michael Gragg

A message from CSM Michael A. Gragg regarding suicide prevention and how to get help.

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Suicide Prevention: One Mother's Story

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8/25/2022
Virginia Cooper holding picture of her son Joshua James Wood

Virginia Cooper's son, Joshua Jaymes Wood, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was 30 years old when he took his life on November 7, 2021. This is her story.

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Seek Mental Health with TRICARE

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8/18/2022
Two blobs of color comforting each other

Mental health problems can affect your thoughts, mood and behavior. Watch TRICARE's latest video on how to take care of your mental health.

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July MHS Minute

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8/9/2022
Infographic for July MHS Minute

The July MHS Minute highlights a dedicated webpage for women's health to educate women and their partners on the health care services and resources available to them. Visit https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Preventive-Health/Womens-Health to learn more. Additionally, learn more about the new national suicide and crisis lifeline, 988.

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Shetland & Grover - USU Facility Dogs

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8/4/2022
Meet USU's facility dogs, Shetland and Grover, in this fun, short video for social media.

Meet USU's facility dogs, Shetland and Grover.

Army Dietician Shares Importance of Healthy Eating: Breakfast

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8/3/2022
Back to School infographic Breakfast

With the start of school right around the corner, Capt. Caitlyn Shaver, chief of clinical nutrition at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, explains the importance of eating breakfast.

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