Providing Care to Military Personnel and Their Families: How We Can All Contribute

Gleeson, Todd D. MD, MPH; Hemmer, Paul A. MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000368
Commentaries

Providing medical care to members of the military and their families remains a societal duty carried out not only by military physicians but also, and in large part, by civilian providers. As many military families are geographically dispersed, it is probable that all physicians at some point in their training or careers will care for this unique patient population. Understanding the military culture can help physicians provide the best care possible to our military families, and inclusion of military cultural competency curricula in all medical schools is a first step in advancing this understanding. The authors review the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that all health professionals should acquire to be able to care for those who serve and offer recommendations for developing these among all students and trainees.

Dr. Gleeson is assistant professor and associate internal medicine clerkship director, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Hemmer is professor and vice chair for educational programs, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

Funding/Support: None reported.

Other disclosures: None reported.

Ethical approval: Reported as not applicable.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or U.S. Government.

Correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Gleeson, 4301 Jones Bridge Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone: (410) 404-9206; e-mail: todd.gleeson@usuhs.edu.

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