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New Operation BUSHMASTER Dates

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USU has released the updated dates for Operation Bushmaster. We will have two iterations, back-to-back. Travel will be on the day prior to starting. I will host a faculty training day on 27 April and 2 May.

Iteration 1: 27 April 2021 – 1 May 2021

Iteration 2: 2 May 2021 – 6 May 2021

I will send out another call for volunteers in October 2020 and then release the faculty list in January 2021. Hopefully, you have enough advanced notice to block your calendar and join us in the Spring.

I look forward to seeing you all in April/May.

 

Leslie Vojta, MD, FACEP

Lt Col, USAF, MC

Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director

Operation Bushmaster (MFP202) Academic Director

Department of Military and Emergency Medicine

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

OB/GYN Chair at USU – O5/O6

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Here is a copy of USU’s memo calling for nominations for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Chair Position at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The current Chair will be departing USU in the spring of 2021.

If you are interested, please submit a CV and military bio to me at joel.m.schofer.mil < at > mail.mil by 14 AUG 2020.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to report to USU NLT 1 June 2021.

Operation BUSHMASTER 2020 Cancelled

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I am the bearer of bad news…. Operation Bushmaster will be postponed and will now occur in the Spring of 2021 (dates TBD).  We were faced with the challenge of bringing together nearly 700 faculty/staff/students, during a pandemic, who will come from around the world.  As we continued to discuss ways to mitigate disease spread, we realized that we would have to dilute the experience and lose the educational benefits that make Bushmaster unique and formative in molding military medical leaders.
We are working with the Dean’s office to determine new dates for the Military Contingency Medicine course (classroom train up) and the field portion of Operation Bushmaster.  When I have firm dates, I will send another email and open a new faculty application.  I hope that many of you will still be able to come and support our students.
Thank you for your continued enthusiasm.  I look forward to working with you all in the Spring.
Best wishes,
Leslie

Leslie Vojta, MD, FACEP

Lt Col, USAF, MC
Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
Operation Bushmaster (MFP202) Academic Director
Department of Military and Emergency Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

OPERATION BUSHMASTER: Faculty Application Link

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See the e-mail message below if you are interested in becoming faculty for OPERATION BUSHMASTER, the field exercise for USU students. I’ve done it before, and it is a great experience.

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope that you are all doing well – fighting the pandemic across the globe.  At USU, we have pivoted to distance learning.  While we learn how to continue to educate our students, we are also busy planning Operation Bushmaster 2020.
Every year, we have a few changes.  I am still working on the curriculum, but hope to include a pandemic preparation challenge for our students.  In addition this year, we are moving more of our faculty development/prep online.  I will need everyone to participate in online learning before coming to Ft Indiantown Gap.  This will be linked to awarding CME credits (still in progress….).  Also this year, SIM faculty members will be integrated into the platoon structure in order to have even more excellent medical cases.  Like last year, we will recruit platoon sergeants from the services – we met some amazing SNCOs last year and I am looking forward to it again this year.
You have all been a part of Bushmaster in the past.  Now is the time to block your clinical calendar in order to serve at Operation Bushmaster.  Here are the dates:
  • Iteration 1: 3-7 October 2020 (travel on 2 October)
  • Iteration 2: 12-16 October 2020 (travel on 11 October)
At this point in time, I am planning as if everything will occur on time.  At any point, if I learn that we will change the expected dates of Operation Bushmaster, I will notify all of you.
If you are interested in serving as a faculty member, please apply at this link:  https://forms.gle/4Y1z4sRk6MfpEtZc9
Please feel free to share this link with anyone who you feel would be a good faculty member at Bushmaster.  If you want to strongly endorse someone, send me an email so that I can look out for their name.
Timeline for applications:
  • Applications must be submitted by 1 July 2020
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 15 July 2020
Please let me know if you have any questions.  And, thank you all for volunteering your time in order to help our students grow.  Operation Bushmaster is a pivotal experience for them all and their experience depends heavily on the faculty.  You all are contributing to the readiness and success of our students.
Wishing you all well,
Leslie
Leslie Vojta, MD, FACEP
Lt Col, USAF, MC
Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director
Operation Bushmaster (MFP202) Academic Director
Department of Military and Emergency Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

USUHS Chair of Surgery – CAPT/CAPT(s)

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Please see the announcement for this position. USU is looking for a replacement for the current chair, who will be retiring next year. They desire a CAPT or CAPT(s) who would be available for a 5 year assignment in the National Capital Region with a report date of 1 May 21. Packages should include a CV, Bio, Letter of Intent, Officer Summary Record (OSR), Detailer concurrence with the move, and references.

All applicants, including those assigned to the NCR, should submit a single PDF file to me (joel.m.schofer.mil < at > mail.mil) NLT 1 June 2020.

Faculty Development Outreach and Certification for the Uniformed Services (FOCUS) 2020 Call for Nominations

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Background: The Office of Academic Affairs under the Associate Dean for Faculty Development developed a program, FOCUS (Faculty Development Outreach and Certification for the Uniformed Services), in 2017 to aid individual Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) have a more flexible local program that is standardized across the MHS. Since that time 2 groups of faculty have been trained to be “faculty developers.” These faculty have given over 250 workshops in two years for 13 standardized workshops.

Selection Process: Nominations for FOCUS faculty can be submitted from the MTF designated institutional official (DIO), residency program director, OR the department chair at the USU. These must consist of:

  1. The nominee’s current CV
  2. A letter (no more than 1 page) from the nominee outlining the a) faculty member’s interest in being a FOCUS faculty, and b) personal goals participating in the program would help accomplish.
  3. A letter (no more than 1 page) from the person nominating the faculty discussing examples of the nominee a) working within a team, and b) character regarding self-assessment and respect of others.

Selections will be made by a committee consisting of the USU faculty development team (Associate and Assistant Deans for Faculty Development and administrators on the faculty development team) and 3-4 current FOCUS faculty.

Proposal: Up to 10 faculty representing multiple specialties and MTFs will be selected. The goal is a diverse group of people in the community. Faculty should have been core faculty (not fellows teaching residents) for a minimum of two years. Due to the training requirements outlined below, it is helpful if the faculty will be in uniform at least until Summer 2023.

Training includes (and everything is mandatory):

  1. 1 week in-person session 7-11 Dec 2020 at USUHS. Most people will arrive Sunday and leave the following Saturday morning. The exact schedule is not set.
  2. 1 required travel with the USU team the Spring of 2021 to a different location to practice workshops
  3. Required videotaping for peer feedback, and deliver peer feedback to others
  4. Have read, understand and agree to the “Expectations of FOCUS Faculty”
  5. Faculty members will be eligible to perform local faculty development workshops after the Spring travel is complete (can start in May 2021)
  6. Willing to have annual feedback from USU faculty using data from evaluations collected over each fiscal year.
  7. 100% travel funding will be covered by USUHS Faculty Development

Applications: Application packages are to be emailed Tom McFate (contact info in this document) by 15 May 2020. Decisions will be communicated to nominees by 15 June 2020.

USU School of Medicine Visiting Professorship Program

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Background: The Office of Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs would like to provide a platform by which faculty who aspire to learn more about careers and opportunities in academic medicine may do so by bringing their academic expertise (scholarship in teaching, discovery, or integration) to the forefront through deliberate interactions with colleagues at the Uniformed Services University.  The program is open to School of Medicine (SoM) military national faculty.

Selection process: Nominations for visiting professorships can be submitted from the MTF designated institutional official (DIO), residency program director, OR the department chair at the USU.

These must consist of :

  1. the nominee’s current CV
  2. a letter written by the nominee (no longer than 1 page outlining the a) faculty member’s interest in progressing as academic faculty, b) potential areas the faculty member would like to enhance while at the university, and c) potential future career plans enabling the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs to continue engagement after the University visit.
  3. a short letter or email from the nominator describing how the faculty member’s visit would benefit the member and the organization

Selections will be made by the Associate and Assistant Deans within the Office of Academic Affairs.

Proposal: Each year there will be up to 10 visiting professors selected.  The “visiting professorship” will be 1-2 days in length depending on the travel and availability for the faculty member. The professorship will be fully funded by the Associate Dean for Faculty Development.  Activities are intended to expand the faculty member’s understanding of the breadth of academic life, make connections with senior members of USU and to enhance identity formation. This activity is open to all health professional who have an active (and current) USU SOM appointment for 2 years.  This program is open to all academic ranks Assistant Professor or higher, with or without prefixes.

Visiting professorships may include:

  1. Delivery of a formal seminar, workshop or lecture in their area of expertise to USU and/or WRNMMC Faculty
  2. Specific meetings with the Department Chair (of the department in which the faculty member is appointed), for mentorship and specialty specific academic planning
  3. Attendance at SOM or University level meetings
  4. Attendance at medical student assessments or department education meetings (unless the faculty member already attends secondary to position)
  5. Meet with CAPSTONE Director to discuss opportunities for scholarly projects at the local hospital with medical student involvement.
  6. Other potential activities could include: meeting with a research team or receiving research guidance, peer observation of teaching, consultation for other academic endeavors (ex: curriculum development, statistics, interacting with student specialty groups)

Applications:  Application packages are to be emailed Tom McFate (contact info in this document) by 15 May 2020.  Decisions will be communicated to nominees by 15 June 2020.  Visiting professorships will commence during FY21.

Operation Bushmaster 2020 Save the Dates

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As you begin to look ahead to your schedule for the fall, please consider reserving a week to participate as faculty at Operation Bushmaster. You go out into the field for a week of simulated operational exercises with USUHS students. Having been faculty before, I can tell you that it is a blast.

A call for volunteers will go out in April, but here are the dates:

Iteration 1: 3-7 October 2020
Iteration 2: 12-16 October 2020

USUHS Brigade Commander – CAPT/CAPT(s)

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The Uniformed Services University (USU) is accepting applications for their Brigade Commander position. The incumbent will be leaving USU next summer (June 2020). Candidates should be a CAPT/CAPT(s) and available to PCS to the DC area; desired tour length is 3 years. Here is a brief position description.

Packages should be submitted to CDR Melissa Austin (contact info in the global) NLT 15 Nov 2019 in order to allow for internal processing at BUMED. Please include the following in a single PDF file:

  • CV
  • Bio
  • Letter of interest “that includes a summary of military and civilian education, assignment history, and the names and contact information of three references”