Michelle Obama: Med Schools Partnering to Fight PTSD

First lady is scheduled to announce collaboration of Joining Forces and top colleges.

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

John Prescott, director of academic affairs at the AAMC and an emergency physician who served in the Army for eight years, has family members serving the military. An academic physician for more than 20 years, he says medical schools bring a unique perspective to this issue.

“We bring together education, critical care and research and focus all three on the health care needs of military and their families,” he says. “And that’s a powerful force of change.”

Prescott says medical schools and institutions will share the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic information related to traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. 

“We’ve been sharing medical-education curriculum online using a forum we call iCollaborative to help ensure that the next generation of doctors and other health care providers are properly trained to treat those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” he says.

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First Published January 11, 2012

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