AMSUS Breakout Presentations – New Selection Process

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AMSUS has changed the process for selecting breakout presentations for its upcoming 2023 AMSUS Annual Meeting, 13-16 February 2023.  

This year submissions for the breakout sessions will take place internally at BUMED with a priority for topics determined by the Surgeon General.

Preferred topics:  Unclassified briefs on operational medicine topics that relates to Navy Medicine’s operational design – which may include:

·       Initiatives/projects that support new and evolving operational medicine capabilities

·       Topics that directly speak to Navy Medicine’s man/train/equip mission

·       Topics that support our warfighting concepts of  Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO), Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment (LOCE), and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO)

·       Topics that support Joint and/or allied partnerships looking to leverage capabilities, training and infrastructure for a common continuum across the distributed maritime domain

·       The Maritime Headquarters/Maritime Operations Center construct

·       Other topics may also be considered.

Selectees and non-selectees will be informed of the board’s decision. Selected speakers will be provided the process to forward their paperwork to AMSUS.  03 October 2022 will be the hard deadline submission date for selected breakout presentations to AMSUS.

Action: Forward the title of the presentation along with a detailed description of the proposed presentation along with the speaker’s name(s).  Submissions must be received no later than close of business 08 September 2022

DeliverableSubmissions must be received no later than close of business 08 September 2022 to POC, CAPT Marc D. Herwitz, Director, Maritime Headquarters via email (contact in the global).

POC: CAPT Marc D. Herwitz, Director, Maritime Headquarters who can be reached (contact in the global).

Call for 2022 Henry C. Wu, James J. Leonard, & Llewellyn J. Legters Awards for Excellence in Research

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The Henry C. Wu, James J. Leonard, and Llewellyn J. Legters Awards for Excellence in Research will be awarded annually to the USU Faculty members, in the estimation of their peers, have made the most significant contribution to the published literature during the previous three years (2019).

1. The Wu Award recognizes excellence in basic biomedical research.

2. The Leonard Award recognizes excellence in clinical research.

3. The Legters Award recognizes excellence in population health science research.

Award recipients will present an Award Lecture named in honor of Drs. Wu, Leonard, and Legters during a ResearchSymposium. Each awardee will also receive a memento and a cash award of $2,500.

Nomination Requirements

The nominee must have a current university faculty appointment at the level of Instructor or above, excluding adjunct appointments. Any Uniformed Services University (USU) faculty member, staff, or student, may submit nominations for the Awards. Self-nominations by USU faculty are permitted. Resubmission of previous nomination packages is encouraged provided that the three-year deadline has not expired. Previous holders of the award are not eligible within the first three full years of their last award.

The nomination package should include 3 items:

1)     A copy of one (1) selected original research paper (Published after January 2019) upon which the nomination is based and meets the following criteria:

(a) Paper must have been published within the last three years

(b) Paper must have been published while the nominee performed as the faculty at USU with a minimum rank of Instructor or above and must be considered a member of the Faculty Assembly

(c) The nominee must be first or senior author on the paper, in addition to having the USU affiliation documented on the published paper

(d) The research reported is original and empirical.

2)     A brief statement from the nominator outlining the significance of the published original research paper.

3)     A copy of the nominee’s current curriculum vitae.

The closing date for nominations is August 10th, 2359hrs. The recipients of the Awards will

be announced no later than September 10, 2022. Please send the completed nomination packages to

Seeking Volunteers to Take This Survery – Assessing the Efficacy of Pre-Deployment Training in the Development and Sustainment of Operationally-Relevant Medical Skills

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Title: “Assessing the Efficacy of Pre-Deployment Training in the Development and Sustainment of Operationally-Relevant Medical Skills- A Survey Study”

Who:  Members who have completed a humanitarian mission followed by a deployment

What:  Survey study to collect information on clinician perceived pre-deployment training gaps

When:  Participate now by clicking this link:

Why:  The goal of this study is to obtain military medical provider experiences that can describe perceived weaknesses in pre-deployment clinical practice (to include both training and direct patient care) to develop potential deployment preparedness gaps that can improve overall military medical readiness.    

·         Aim 1 – Address the difference in perceived preparedness for combat deployments between emergency/critical care and non-emergency/critical care clinicians.

·         Aim 2 – Examine the impact of serving humanitarian missions on operational readiness and sustainment of combat medical skills.


Investigators: Melissa Clemons, PhD (contact in the global)

Navy American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Competition – Abstracts Due 15 JUN

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What: 2023 American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Resident Paper Navy state competition

Where: Uniformed Services University Trauma Day

When: 24 August 2022

This competition is open to all Navy surgical residents, surgical specialty residents, and trauma fellows (including FTOS).  Medical students are not eligible to compete.

–Abstracts should describe original research on any aspect of trauma care. (Emergency general surgery papers will not be accepted.)
–Abstracts may be up to three (3) pages in length and include embedded images; however, short form abstracts will also be accepted during the initial Navy phase of competition.
–Papers may have been previously presented, but cannot be published prior to March 2023 if selected for the National competition.

The Navy competition will be held during USU Trauma Day on 24 August 2022 in Bethesda, MD.  Participants will be notified by 1 JUL 2022.

One basic science laboratory research paper and one clinical investigation paper will be chosen to represent the Navy at the Military Region XIII competition that will be held at the Excelsior Surgical Society Meeting preceding the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in San Diego, California in October 2022. The winner of the Military Region XIII competition will present at the National competition during the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Annual Meeting in March 2022.
Submit abstracts via email to both:   CAPT Travis Polk and CDR Matthew J. Bradley (contact in the global) by 15 JUN 2021.

Additional details may be found at: