By Joseph Jones (Madigan Army Medical Center)October 15, 2019
MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. -- On Oct. 10, Dr. Richard W. Thomas, the president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, visited Madigan Army Medical Center, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., to discuss education, training, and medical readiness with Madigan Commander Col. Thomas Bundt.
The two leaders discussed a variety of topics, including: the transition in alignment from the Army Medical Command to the Defense Health Agency; progress with MHS GENESIS, the Department of Defense's new electronic health record; and Madigan's ongoing strategic partnership with USUHS to educate and train military medicine's best health care professionals to maintain a ready medical force.
Thomas is responsible for the academic, research and service mission of the university. He advises the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the four surgeons general on a wide array of issues related to graduate health professions education and healthcare research. Thomas oversees, evaluates, and coordinates efforts to enhance graduate health professions education and healthcare research to include emerging technologies and treatments as well as efforts to improve patient safety and quality within the Military Health System.
Madigan's Graduate Medical Education office oversees the training of 35 intern, resident and fellow programs in addition to being a rotation site for the USUHS, Health Professional Scholarship Programs and various medical universities around the nation. In addition, the GME office verifies graduate medical education training from Madigan Army Medical Center, Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital and Letterman Army Medical Center.
Thomas retired as a major general in the Army after more than 26 years of service, which included serving as the director of the Department of Surgery Research Program, the assistant residency program director and a staff surgeon at Madigan. He is board certified in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgery.
For more information on Madigan's GME Program, visit: https://www.mamc.health.mil/education/graduate-medical-education/default.aspx