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AZ/IL: Midwestern University Joins National Commitment to Improve Veterans' Health

January 17, 2012

by Office of Communications

Midwestern University will participate in Joining Forces, a national initiative to improve healthcare for veterans and their families as part of White House sponsored program announced this month.

Midwestern joins other members of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in the commitment to create a new generation of doctors, medical schools, and research facilities that will make sure veterans and their families receive the care worthy of their sacrifice.

"Midwestern University has many graduates, faculty members, and staff who have served in the military or are currently serving. Their commitment to our country is inspiring and we thank them for their many sacrifices," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of Midwestern University. "As a University focused entirely on healthcare, we are honored to participate in this program to ensure our veterans and their families receive the best healthcare possible."

By participating in the initiative, Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine have agreed to:

• Train medical students as well as current physicians, faculty, and staff to better diagnose and treat veterans and military families;
• Develop new research and clinical trials on post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury to better understand and treat those conditions;
• Share their information and best practices through a collaborative web forum; and
• Continue to work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to make sure that everyone is providing the best care available.

Midwestern University provides students with numerous opportunities to learn more about healthcare issues facing veterans and participation in the Joining Forces program will help augment their education and clinical experiences. The Joining Forces initiative is spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden and was created to bring Americans together to recognize, honor, and take action to support veterans and military families as they serve our country and throughout their lives. More information is available at:


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