Military medicine is special.
Over eight brief years with the Army, I witnessed military medicine being practiced in many different ways - at battalion aid stations, clinics, and community hospitals in North Carolina; at remote outposts and on the back of tailgates in Afghanistan; and even across a uniquely American health system in Europe. I witnessed off-duty military reservists and guardsmen in New England get "called into action" when they least expected it, saving innocent lives during the senseless attack on the Boston Marathon. I met with civilian partners from organizations like Harvard Medical School's Joining Forces Initiative, the Boston Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital's Home Base Program, the Fisher House Foundation, and William James College's Train Vets to Treat Vets initiative. I participated with the Uniformed Service University of Health Science's Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, as well as civilian doctors and nurses from organizations like the American Red Cross and Project Hope, as they maintained the ongoing discussion on the need for consistently improving civil-military partnerships. Through all of this, I heard countless surgeons, nurses, allied health professionals, administrators, and students express their personal convictions on the role military medicine plays in our society. These stories profoundly move me to this day.
I see a significant need and opportunity for military medicine to have its own autonomous on-line network. A network where medical research, programs, initiatives, and resources can be more widely shared, more effectively communicated, and collaborative efforts better focused. A network where advice and mentorship is more accessible. A network with a specific focus that drives the creation of improved solutions that have even greater impact on military, veteran, disaster, and humanitarian medicine.
The military's medical ecosystem is fairly large, with exciting things happening every day. Regrettably, much of the networking associated with those activities is, at best, taking place at once-a-year conferences with relatively few professionals in attendance. Frustratingly, military members and their civilian partners casually cluster in sporadic on-line military medical communities on platforms that are poorly equipped to help drive home military medicine's objectives - until now!
The West Point history department is fond of this idea called a "revolution in military affairs" - a period in history when innovation significantly disrupts the manner in which wars are fought.
I hope you'll join me in growing Patriot Medicine! It may just be the catalyst that helps you forever improve the way military medicine is practiced!
So, be revolutionary!