KU Medical Center has joined the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in committing to train physicians to meet the unique health care needs of veterans and their families, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The Joining Forces initiative lays the groundwork for medical schools and their associations to enrich medical education to ensure physicians are aware of the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for service members, veterans and their families. The goal is to develop new research and clinical trials on PTSD and TBI so they can be better understood and treated; share information and best practices with other institutions through a collaborative web forum; and expand the body of knowledge leading to health care and wellness improvements for service members, veterans and their families.
The KU School of Medicine offers a curriculum that covers PTSD, TBI, and cultural competence as they pertain to the civilian and military populations.
The school maintains a strong affiliation with the Veteran's Affairs hospitals in the region. Education for students and residents of many disciplines involves significant time rotating through VA hospitals. During these experiences they are able to work with veterans on both and inpatient and outpatient basis.
The school also sponsors a continuing medical education program in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians. The program includes the production and distribution of a continuing education podcast on the health care issues facing many of our veterans. It focuses on TBI, blast injury syndromes, PTSD, suicide risk and reintegration of returning veterans and families.
Visit the Dykes Library's interprofessional guide to evidence-based resources addressing the unique health care needs of veterans, military persons and their families.