I'm honored to join the faculty of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, an exceptional institution with a unique and vital mission.
Here, innovation abounds in many ways. Our curriculum, which combines the best of American medicine with cutting-edge military and leadership training, takes place in state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, simulation centers and field environments in Bethesda and across the world. The depth of our training and the diversity of educational settings we employ prepares USU medical students to be exceptional practitioners and leaders of military medicine and public health whether they work close to the frontlines of a combat zone, in a disaster-stricken area, in a military clinic on the other side of the country, or the wards of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The research here is pioneering, too. USU engages world class scientists as well as Ph.D. and Master's degree candidates from different disciplines, backgrounds and graduate schools to transform science and public health in powerful ways. USU's collaborative approach to problem-solving has produced breakthrough discoveries in numerous fields, including combat casualty care, neuroscience, molecular biology, cancer, infectious diseases and post-traumatic stress.
As impressive as these achievements are, what drew me to USU was the shared sense of patriotism, commitment and camaraderie that reverberates across its campus. Everyone at USU, from its students and faculty to its staff and Board of Regents are dedicated to a shared mission. Their unity of purpose surpasses anything I've seen at civilian medical schools. Here at USU, everyone is dedicated to doing their part, whether it is through teaching, learning, discovery, or practice, to provide outstanding care to those who go in harm's way in service to our nation.
Today, as our nation's involvement in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, military medicine faces a new and even greater set of challenges. Not only must we sustain and build on the extraordinary progress made in combat casualty care and rehabilitation over a decade of battle; we must be ready for a future conflict, whenever and wherever it may occur. While remaining highly focused on this objective, we must also develop and refine innovative ways to care for service members, their families and military retirees at an affordable cost.
The opportunity to work alongside such a remarkable group of colleagues, and the exceptional students we attract, is a tremendous privilege. The Hébert School of Medicine is truly "America's Medical School."