By Jose E. Rodriguez, AMEDDC&S HRCoEMay 13, 2019
MG Patrick D. Sargent, Commander U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Health Readiness Center of Excellence, or AMEDDC&S HRCoE, addressed the audience at the 2019 Graduate School Research & Education Symposium, or GSRES, held at Holly Auditorium, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, or UTHSCSA, on May 7 and 8.
The 2019 GRES theme was "Rapidly Translating Evidence into Medical and Educational Readiness with a focus on Medical Operations in Austere Environments." The symposium was a great opportunity for HRCoE Graduate School faculty and students to collaborate with the UTHSCSA Physician Assistant program and other clinical programs. The event highlighted how the U.S. Army is working to translate research to battlefield lethality and survival, and the partnership between military and civilian graduate institutions, for the advancement of the sciences.
Sargent spoke to the researchers, clinicians and medical faculty about the continued need for groundbreaking research and study to enhance our medical contributions to the readiness, training, and deployment of our military forces. Many of Army Medicine's recent initiatives dealing with the benefits of sleep, nutrition, activity, mental health and well-being were the result of several years of medical research and study by military medical professionals in HRCoE's graduate programs.
The general stressed the importance of continued collaboration, achieving a shared understanding of how the Army is reorganizing for future conflicts in support of Multi-Domain Operations and how that should shape future medical research and education.
The two day forum brought graduate school faculty, researchers, clinicians and healthcare administrators from across the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and partners in the civilian community for a series of presentations, training and research showcasing student and faculty research across the full spectrum of translational research.
2nd Lieutenant Cara Adams, who is a student in the Baylor Graduate Program through HRCoE, said the GSRES was a thought-provoking experience. "We were able to listen and learn from our peers about all of their ongoing or completed research," Adams said. During the symposium she presented her research on alcohol consumption effects and fat accumulation. "It was eye opening to see the various avenues research can take and how it can impact and benefit both civilian and military health communities. The symposium was a great example of how networking and collaborating with peers can be a huge asset to military healthcare," continued Adams.
This was eighth annual GSRES, which has grown from a local event hosted in Blesse Auditorium at HRCoE on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, to a cooperative event with civilian institutions focused on advancement of medical science and graduate education that benefits warfighters, veterans, their families, and civilians alike.