☷SAUSHEC Research Day highlights importance of continued learning exploration
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Army Lt . Gen . ( Dr . ) Ronald Place , Defense Health Agency director , congratulates Air Force Lt . Col . Robert Krell , Staff Surgical Oncology , for earning the 2nd Quarter FY22 Scholarship in Action Award during the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Research Day at Brooke Army Medical Center , Joint Base San Antonio , Texas , April 28 , 2022 . Krell’s research paper “Neoadjuvant Therapy for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: Propensity - Matched Analysis of Postoperative Complications Using ACS - NSQIP” was published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology . ( U . S . Army photo by Garron Webster ) Army Lt . Gen . ( Dr . ) Ronald Place , Defense Health Agency director , poses for a photo with the award winners and leaders at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Research Day at Brooke Army Medical Center , Joint Base San Antonio , Texas , April 28 , 2022 . The event featured podium and poster presentations given by Army and Air Force residents and fellows from BAMC and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center . ( U . S . Army photo by Garron Webster ) JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - FORT SAM HOUSTON , Texas , May 5 , 2022 - - San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium held its annual Research Day event April 28 at Brooke Army Medical Center . The event featured podium and poster presentations given by Army and Air Force residents and fellows from BAMC and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center , culminating with an awards presentation featuring special guest speaker Army Lt . Gen . ( Dr . ) Ronald Place , Defense Health Agency director . “Residents and fellows are required to do research as part of their training programs , to learn clinical competencies in their respective specialties , ” explained Dr . Mark True , SAUSHEC dean . The presentations included research in Hematology/Oncology , Emergency Medicine , Pathology , Pediatrics , General Surgery , Internal Medicine and many other specialties . “Research is focused on the unknown , and the goal is to acquire new areas of knowledge , ” True said . “Today’s activities are representative of our desire to practice medicine with a spirit of inquiry . We often talk about lifelong learning , but I want to encourage you to also embrace lifelong exploration . ” Place , who was in San Antonio to give a presentation at the University of Texas Health Science Center about collaborative research across the enterprise , said he was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the awards ceremony . “What you are doing is important , ” Place said . “We should be challenging our assumptions , because a significant amount of things that I learned as the standard of care , starting four decades ago , isn’t the standard of care anymore , because we challenged the assumptions that we held to be true about how we do things . ” The DHA director challenged the students to use scientific techniques to question what works and what doesn’t , pay attention to the details , and figure out what the gaps are and how to close them . “This consortium here in San Antonio , that all of you are part of , is a really good model for what military medical research should look like , ” Place said . “You are setting a high bar for the rest of the military health system . The history of exceptional research , whether within the Institute of Surgical Research , or other graduate medical education or allied health programs , is well - known across not just in Army medicine , but the entire Department of Defense . ” The general said medicine doesn’t advance by talking about what was done in the past . It’s about bringing new ideas and sharing information . “We are stimulated to answer new questions by listening to , or reading about the observations of our colleagues , ” Place said . “You are the ones keeping the military health system relevant and vibrant . Please accept my personal congratulations to each of you on your awards today , and thanks for what you have done so far to be essential contributors to this system . ” “My challenge to you is to continue to be contributors to our system , to our knowledge , and to our organizational responsibilities , ” he added .
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