Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Gary Wind (Chair)
The newly formed Faculty Senate Integration Task Force aims to establish USUHS as a valued partner in the envisioned "world-class medical center" and make USUHS personnel welcomed in the hospital environment as the BRAC evolves in the next few years. An equally important aim of the ITF is to make military clinicians feel comfortable contributing to the school. The global incentives for integration must come from the Dean of the medical school and the hospital command respectively, but the process must begin at the local level on a person-to-person basis. Priorities are:
1. Education: The ITF will facilitate getting USUHS basic scientists and clinicians more involved in hospital conferences and activities, and encourage staging more USUHS educational meetings in the hospital. The ITF will encourage and support USUHS clinicians in obtaining hospital privileges to teach USUHS students in the clinical setting and to assist with patient care to alleviate manpower shortages due to deployments. The ITF will encourage hospital-based clinicians to get involved in teaching in the early years of the USUHS curriculum, i.e. assisting in the curriculum revision process. The ITF will work to establish incentives for clinicians to do so by eliciting command support for such activities and by facilitating USUHS appointments for involved clinicians.
2. Research: Working through Andrew Waters' Faculty Senate Research Committee, the ITF will work to create a unified research database to offer hospital-based clinicians opportunities to participate in first class research and work through Research Administration to provide USUHS-based research mentoring and support for new project applications. The ITF will facilitate interaction between USUHS researchers and hospital based clinicians for protocols needing access to clinical material.
3. Communication infrastructure: As collaborative efforts progress, infrastructure for teleconferencing, remote presence and archived educational resources will become increasingly important. Sara Contente and the Faculty Senate Communication Committee are assisting in this effort.
The model for effecting the interactive exchanges is to have the Faculty Senate liaisons to each department act as ambassadors to advance the above goals. Each Senator/liaison should recommend to department chairs that they name a point of contact within their department who will then identify counterparts in all hospital departments that would be appropriate for them to interact with and begin exchanges. Points of contact will be listed on the ITF web page as they are established to create a network that will facilitate new linkages.
Chair, Integration Task force