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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Department of Pediatrics

Room C1069

4301 Jones Bridge Road

Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Department Chair

COL Patrick Hickey, MD, MC, USA

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Secretary: Ms. Daphne Thomas

Email: daphne.thomas@usuhs.edu

Phone: (301) 295-3130

Fax: (301) 295-3898

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Pediatrics Chair's Message

To my colleagues,

I am humbled to serve as Chair of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University.  Uniformed Pediatricians have an impressive legacy of innovation and excellence in teaching, research, and clinical service made possible by our forbearers and all of you- both on campus and across our national faculty.  From my vantage point, I would like to briefly share my vision for our future.  As Uniformed Pediatricians, and faculty at America's Medical School, our charge is to improve the health and well-being of children on the home front, the battlefield, and beyond.  

Home front. Each of you knows all too well that the military child experiences both unique social and health challenges, as well as incredible opportunities. It is our duty, through education and training, to ensure that the military health system as a whole, and individual providers of all specialties, are able to deliver the most effective and high quality care possible.  This not only fills our moral obligation as physicians, but also advances readiness, because the deployed warfighter not only expects cutting edge health care for themselves down-range, but also for the same world-class health system to care for those they leave behind.  I am so thankful to each of you for the dedication and excellence you exhibit when teaching- not only the next generation of Uniformed Pediatricians from USU, but also the medical students, military physicians, nurses, medics, and other health professionals across the entire federal health system from military bases around the globe to Indian Health Service clinics in 35 states, all to improve the health of children.

Battle field. During the past two decades of conflict, Military Pediatricians have served with distinction at every echelon of care- there is no question that Military Pediatricians have the knowledge, skills, and ability to preserve the fighting force.  Beyond the core resuscitation medicine skills that all military physicians sustain, with 40% of the active duty force aged 24 or younger, force readiness starts with the adolescent and young adult expertise of Military Pediatricians. 

Field Marshal von Moltke observed in the late 1800s, that no operational plan survives first contact with the enemy.  While our doctrine for deployed medical support rightly focuses on the prevention and treatment of disease non-battle injury and combat trauma for deployed forces, we know that children represent a substantial proportion of battle related trauma and medical emergency casualty flows.  Though many of us have first-hand experience with this issue, the broader Department of Defense still does not fully appreciate this gap within our medical doctrine and operational planning. This mission will not diminish on the multi-domain battlefields of the future, and it is our duty to ensure that the DOD has the policy, doctrine, materiel, and training necessary to meet this challenge.  The US warfighter has a noble legacy of caring for children put in harms-way by conflict.  Our ability to restore children to health and ease their suffering provides both solace to service members, often surrounded by human misery, and is a tangible sign to conflict affected communities of the goodwill of the people of the United States. 

Beyond.  Whether through Global Health Engagement or through cutting edge research, Pediatrics at USU and across the MHS are aligned to the Department of Defense's mission.  Supporting US Government humanitarian response around the globe, or even within our own borders, children are disproportionately affected and in need of timely and targeted health interventions.  Uniformed Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to support these missions across the spectrum of conflict through direct service support, education, and training programs that span the DOD and broader USG interagency, and informing policy development. 

Furthermore, pediatric research can and should address the emerging needs of both the Military Child and the global community that we serve.  As Uniformed Pediatricians, we should take the lead addressing the unique health needs of the Military Child.  We can also strengthen the visibility of how our research improves the readiness and welfare of war-fighters by addressing dual threats, and the novel application of our results that are relevant to both populations.  Spanning academic hubs, such as USU and military medical centers, as well as community hospitals and clinics, epidemiologic, basic science, and clinical research will strengthen communities of practice, build research collaborations, and set priorities that drive initiatives to unlock the potential of our national faculty and create a new era in pediatric research across the Military Health System. 

I thank you for the committed dedication that typifies your approach to our collective mission and I look forward to working with you to meet the tasks at hand and the challenges ahead.

Mission, Vision, Goals

Mission

The Department of Pediatrics of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is committed to excellence in pediatric medicine and to the promotion of child health during peace and war. The mission of the department encompasses the areas of education, patient care, research, and community service, and includes the following objectives:

  • To provide pediatric education to medical students, residents, subspecialty fellows, practicing pediatricians and other healthcare providers using the latest resources and learning methods.
  • To provide medical care for children and serve as advocates for military dependent children and families.
  • To provide the academic environment and resources for faculty and trainees to conduct basic and clinical research in pediatrics and in medical education.
  • To teach operational pediatrics, with special emphasis on international humanitarian services, to the uniformed medical community and to enable the healthcare workers to minister to the children of the world under adverse conditions.

Vision

  • The Department of Pediatrics will excel as an academic center for the teaching of pediatrics.
  • The Department will be an educational resource to the uniformed pediatrician.
  • The Department will provide healthcare for children within the unique context of military families and community.
  • The Department will be the uniformed services leader in basic and clinical research in pediatrics and medical education.
  • The Department will develop a center for research that will foster excellence in the basic and clinical sciences as they relate to the health of children.

The Department will support the education of the uniformed pediatrician and other primary healthcare providers in international humanitarian services, with consideration of the social, cultural, and epidemiologic aspects of health and disease.

Goals

  • The Department of Pediatrics will maintain a standardized, interactive pediatric curriculum for medical students and oversee the administration of this curriculum at the local and distant teaching sites.
  • The Department will support the military pediatric residency programs with formal didactic activities and clinically oriented teaching.
  • The Department will oversee pediatric subspecialty training that exceeds national standards and ensures board certification upon completion of the training.
  • The Department will participate in the training of the nurse practitioner students with group instruction and clinical teaching activities.
  • The Department will ensure that all educational programs exceed both national standards and the medical readiness requirements of the Department of Defense.
  • The Department will be a leading Continuing Medical Education (CME) resource for the uniformed services by conducting and supporting local and national courses, enhancing the skills and knowledge base of the practicing pediatric provider.
  • The Department will provide direct care to patients and families and worldwide consultation services to the practicing pediatrician and other providers of care to children.
  • The Department will excel in research in pediatric health maintenance, the pathophysiology of childhood diseases and foster interdisciplinary research programs.
  • The Department will excel in research in pediatric medical education, develop and disseminate innovations in medical education, and collaborate with educators in other fields.
  • The Department will continue to teach the Military Medical Humanitarian Assistance Course, training uniformed pediatricians and other primary care providers in the appropriate medical response to humanitarian crises, and will champion the significant role of the pediatrician in the mission requirements of the uniformed services.
  • The Department will support the collection and dissemination of information on issues of environmental health, international health and travel medicine.
  • The Department will encourage a team-based, customer-focused working environment, advocate individual responsibility and pride in ownership at all levels and reward the contributions of each member.
  • The Department will promote the integration of the uniformed services pediatric medical community through communication across service and geographic boundaries and mutual collaboration.
  • The Department will attract medical students to join the pediatric profession through excellence in teaching and mentoring by the faculty, and will foster the development of future pediatric leaders.