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Doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology from around the country were presented with an opportunity to learn about behavioral health careers in the military during an intensive six-day course offered at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (USU). The course, held June 8-13, was sponsored by USU’s Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), and is one of the first programs of its kind.

“Typical doctor, typical male.”  That’s how Dr. Norman M. Rich described his attitude when he first discovered a lump on his breast five years ago. Rich, a retired Army vascular surgeon and emeritus chair and professor of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences surgery department that bears his name, simply ignored it. He had had lumps before and paid no attention to them. However, when he later discovered a lump under his right arm, and noticed nipple retraction, he knew it might be an indication of a tumor and consulted his physician. 

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Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D., director of leadership research and development and a professor in the department of Military and Emergency Medicine (MEM) at USU, graduated with the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program during a ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, July 9, 2015. President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton spoke at the graduation. Grunberg began the PLS program, Feb.

Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Andrew “Drew” Morgan has officially joined the ranks of Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin as one of America’s newest astronauts. Morgan, a 2002 Doctor of Medicine graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and 1998 West Point alumnus, was selected for the space program in 2013 and recently completed the rigorous two-year NASA astronaut candidate training program along with seven other military and civilian candidates.  


Battlefield surgeons and civilian physicians could have a powerful new tool to help patients recover from traumatic injuries, including life-threatening wounds from explosions. By studying blood and tissue samples from patients, a team of military and civilian researchers have identified a model to predict the chances for successful wound healing in individual patients. These predictions could help surgeons make critical, time-sensitive decisions, such as when to close a wound. Both premature and late closing can lead to serious complications for the patient.

Research on the causes, prevention, mitigation and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases, and sleep disorders –all of which affect the readiness of the uniformed services and the health of military families – is the impetus for a new partnership between the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of The Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program, or CHIRP, is headed by Director and principal investigator Harvey B.