It is my sincere hope that uniformed pediatricians think of USU as their “home” for academic medicine. All of us at USU recognize your contributions to our vast medical education system, and value the incredible diversity that support entails. I believe that all pediatricians (uniformed or civilian) and, affiliated independent licensed providers, involved in military medical education or research should have the opportunity to receive an academic appointment at USU. While direct support to the education of USU medical students, as well as military pediatric residents and fellows, is the most obvious way to participate in our educational mission, this may also include teaching pediatrics and precepting military physician assistant or independent duty corpsman students, advanced practice nursing students, as well as support to graduate medical education programs such as Family Medicine that benefit from outstanding pediatric mentorship.
Faculty appointment and promotion is our way at USU of formally recognizing the incredible work you do and is more than an honorary title. Academic promotion can play a discriminating role in selection for military leadership positions and recognitions such as skill / qualification designators, both of which ultimately impact military promotion. Your CV and academic rank represent you as you compete for positions both within and outside of the military health system, setting you on a long term path to success and professional development. Thank you again for your valued contribution to improving the lives of children through medical education. We look forward to partnering with you on your road to academic advancement as a member of the national faculty of USU and the Department of Pediatrics.
Patrick Hickey, MD, FAAP, FIDSA
Colonel, US Army