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Models for Excellence in Military Medicine

Whether it is the improved rates of survival for burn patients or the fluid care of injured soldiers from the battlefield to the home, AMSUS meeting showcases innovative models of care in the DoD and VA.



Basil A. Pruitt, Jr, MD, will receive a lifetime achievement award for his long-standing leadership role at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Pruitt led the facility for 27 years and retired from the Medical Corps in December 1995.

“I am accepting this award and truly sharing it with the outstanding surgeons and other scientists with whom I have had the privilege of working,” he told Federal Practitioner. “I think the institute’s record could be duplicated in other Army Medical Corps research facilities, but it takes a longer assignment.”

Maj Gen (Ret) Byron C. Hepburn, MD, will also lead an innovative panel discussion that will focus on the case study of a soldier injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. The panel brings together the patient, his family, and the entire medical team who treated him from the battlefield all the way to today. The journey of the wounded warrior panel will take a cohesive approach of care that continues until today. According to Dr. Hepburn, the challenge was not only to stabilize the patient and ensure his survival, but the maintenance of the long-term quality of life for the patient

“The journey never stops” Dr. Hepburn explains. “It is an integrated system that is constantly being refined. This trauma system was put in place with an evacuation chain that is like a Swiss watch.”

Listen to the complete interview here:

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