AMSUS 2018 Annual Meeting

The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) invited Delaware, Maryland and Virginia HOSA members to participate in their annual conference on  November 27, 2018 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Maryland with a unique agenda of activities planned for HOSA-Future Health Professionals.  Over 235 HOSA members in attendance were able to take advantage of this exciting experience.

The conference theme was The Future of Healthcare is Now, and what an incredible way to help future health professionals become better innovative practitioners and thinkers than to hear firsthand from the leadership in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Medical Departments of the Department of Defense, and many others. 

HOSA members were honored to hear their name shouted out at the Opening Ceremony and to hear ADM Brett Giroir, MD, ASH/HHS speak on the most critical public health challenge of our time, drug overdose deaths.  Dr. Giroir’s PowerPoint presentation can be found here

After the Opening Ceremony, HOSA members gathered to be greeted by several high-ranking officials: 

  • Vice Admiral Forrest Faison, the Surgeon General of the United States Navy is the most senior commissioned officer of the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, is a vice admiral and is a member of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
  • LTG Dorothy Hogg, the twenty-third Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, serves as functional manager of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service.  In this capacity, she advises the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff, as well as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the air expeditionary force and the health of Airmen. General Hogg has authority to commit resources worldwide for the Air Force Medical Service, to make decisions affecting the delivery of medical services, and to develop plans, programs and procedures to support worldwide medical service missions. She exercises direction, guidance and technical management of a $6.1 billion, 44,000-person integrated healthcare delivery and readiness system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 military treatment facilities worldwide.
  • John M. Cho, MD is a retired US Army Brigadier General with over 20 years of senior executive experience in healthcare operations, management, and administration and in leading the planning and direction of complex health management organizations — from clinics to large healthcare systems.  Dr. Cho is Board Certified in Cardiothoracic and General Surgery.
  • Representative Brad Wenstrup (R), OH, an American politician, Army Reserve officer and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 2nd District since 2013.
  • Edward Bope, MD, FAAFP, Director of GME VA Office of Academic Affiliations, specialties include Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Family Medicine.  He is from Ohio with forty-two years of experience. His dad was the family doctor in a small rural town who made him realize, at a very early age, the importance of medical care in a community which is what started him on his medical journey.
  • In addition to other distinguished Federal Health Officials coordinated by CAPT David Lau of the US Public Health Service.

HOSA members were also engaged in a presentation on Rx for Change on e-Cigarettes/Vaping (Youth Module) entitled:  Electronic Nicotine Device Systems (ENDS): Youth and Young Adults. Download the PowerPoint to use in your classroom or as a part of your competitions.

They also had the opportunity to visit The Exhibits Program which reflected a special emphasis on pharmaceuticals, diagnostic, laboratory, therapeutic devices and services, along with general medical supplies and equipment.

AMSUS, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, supports the federal health professional and honors the legacy of federal medicine’s tremendous impact in advancing and improving health for all Americans and international coalition partners.  AMSUS is truly the society of all federal health professionals since membership is open to all healthcare professionals.

Thank you to CAPT David Lau, US Public Health Service and Visionary for the HOSA/AMSUS Partnership, and Jeanette Naiman, Director of AMSUS Meetings, for this wonderful experience for HOSA members!  HOSA looks forward to the 128th  AMSUS meeting on December 2-6, 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center!