JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – The 2020 San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, or SAUSHEC, graduation ceremony was scheduled for June 5; however, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation and awards ceremonies were postponed and changed to reflect the safety protocols now in place.Nearly 300 students completed their curriculum and would have walked the stage this year. However, the SAUSHEC leadership, in coordination with BAMC, the 59th Medical Wing, and the Defense Health Agency, was able to build a graduation ceremony video for play at smaller individual in-person residency program ceremonies so family members and friends could hear from senior leaders and enjoy the day along with the students.In the ceremony video, the Defense Health Agency’s Director, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, took time to congratulate and encourage the graduates from his work location in Washington, D.C.“The Army, the Air Force, the Navy – they need your talents,” Place told the graduates. “The country needs your talents. In fact, the world needs your talents. The paradigm has shifted. The conditions are different from when you began your residencies. Many of you are about to embark on your first solo assignment – practitioners in your new specialty. And if that’s not enough of an adjustment, you’re assuming these new responsibilities in an unfamiliar world where the health of all of our citizens has an impact, on the economy, on national security, on the delivery of – and access to – healthcare for other conditions and diseases.”Place reminded the graduates they will be on the front line of ensuring medical readiness for the military around the world, and their leadership and medical training has made them “the most prepared on the planet to operate in this complex environment.” He said the skills they have honed throughout their military careers and during their residency period are critical in an array of arenas.Retired Air Force Col. Mark True, the SAUSHEC Dean, said he is proud of the graduating students.“This year’s graduates are ready to face the challenges ahead of them,” True said. “Their program leaders and faculty have ensured this. Unique this year is how the nation will continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which will require out-of-the-box thinking as the way we conduct healthcare has changed as a result. One bright spot about recent events is that we have collectively advanced telehealth capability, such that both, providers and patients, are more comfortable with this mode of care, and our graduates are prepared.”The graduates are broken down into two basic categories - Graduate Medical Education and Graduate-level Allied Health Education. They consist of Army, Navy, Air Force, and civilian residents.GME:Army- 87Navy- 2Air Force - 139GAHE:Army- 30Air Force - 23Civilian- 2On June 19, SAUSHEC held an outdoor awards ceremony at the Freedom Park Amphitheater, honoring the following graduates and faculty members:-- Research AwardsScholarship in ActionMaj. Andrew M. Hersh, Pulmonary Critical Care, 1st QuarterLt. Col. Matthew A. Borgman, Pediatric Intensive Care, 2nd QuarterLt. Col. Kevin S. Akers, Infectious Disease, 3rd QuarterMatthew W. Reid, PhD, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center, 4th QuarterHouse Staff Hall of FameResident: Capt. Grant A. Justin, OphthalmologyResident: Capt. Donovan S. Reed, OphthalmologyFellow: Maj. Kathryn J. Lago, Infectious DiseaseCommanders’ Awards for Original Medical Research and Quality ImprovementAllied HealthMaj. Amy M. Moore, Emergency Medicine PAQuality Improvement Patient SafetyMaj. Lisa M. Angotti, Surgery Critical CareResident Primary Care1st place – Capt. Joshua M. Boster, Internal Medicine2nd place – Lt. Cmdr. Stephen M. Hughes, Internal Medicine3rd place – Capt. Hannah L. Gale, PediatricsResident Surgical1st place – Maj. Tommy A. Brown II, General Surgery2nd place – Maj. Kaitlin M. Peace, General Surgery3rd place – Capt. Marshall D. Hill, OphthalmologyAnimal/Basic Science1st place – Maj. Christopher J. Corkins, General Surgery2nd place - Capt. Amy M. Reed, Urology3rd place – Capt. Donovan S. Reed, OphthalmologyFellow Clinical1st place – Maj. Brittanie I. Neaves, Allergy/Immunology2nd place – Maj. Kathryn J. Lago, Infectious Disease3rd place – Maj. Joshua C. Anchan, Neonatology-- Faculty, Trainee and Program AwardsProfessionalism AwardCol. (ret) Anthony J. Johnson, OphthalmologyQuality Improvement/Patient Safety AwardLt. Col. Sarah N. Bowe, OtolaryngologyLt. Gen. Paul K. Carlton, Jr. AwardGraduate Medical Education Faculty AwardMaj. Brit J. Long, Emergency MedicineCol. Gerald Wayne Talcott AwardGraduate Allied Health Education Faculty AwardLt. Col. (P) Enrique V. Smith-Forbes, Occupational TherapyCol. Woodson Scott Jones AwardGraduate Allied Health Education Trainee AwardMaj. John A. Blue Star, Clinical Health Psychology FellowshipCol. Gail D. Deyle AwardGraduate Allied Health Education Program Director AwardMaj. Bryan B. Pickens, Orthopaedic Manual Physical TherapyMaj. John H. Gillespie AwardGraduate Medical Education Intern AwardCapt. John P. Marinelli, OtolaryngologyMaj. David S. Berry AwardGraduate Medical Education Resident AwardCapt. Donovan S. Reed, OphthalmologyCol. Donald M. Null AwardGraduate Medical Education Fellow AwardMaj. John L. Kiley, Infectious DiseaseMs. Ylda A. Benavides AwardSAUSHEC Program Coordinator AwardMs. Tracy L. Gruber, Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineCol. John D. Roscelli AwardGraduate Medical Education Program Director AwardLt. Col. Larissa F. Weir, Obstetrics GynecologyGold Headed Cane 2020 AwardCol. Jason F. Okulicz, Infectious DiseaseAccording to SAUSHEC leadership, the Gold Headed Cane symbolizes the best academic medicine has to offer in the three arenas that are its focus: patient care, teaching, and clinical research. The original cane was carried from 1689 until l825 by six distinguished British physicians who cared for royalty: Dr. John Radcliffe, Dr. Richard Meade, Dr. Anthony Askew, Dr. William Pitcairn, Dr. David Pitcairn and Dr. Mathew Baillie. It is now prominently displayed in the Royal College of Physicians, London, England.SAUSHEC’s mission is to “advance military health and readiness through education of physicians and allied health specialists to lead our nation’s Military Health System (MHS) into the future.” It is one of two Department of Defense graduate health education consortia. It is the second largest DoD GME platform for military doctors and the Air Force’s largest. It is also the largest DoD GAHE platform.SAUSHEC hosts 37 GME specialty programs and 22 GAHE programs. The training programs are located primarily at BAMC and at the 59th Medical Wing’s Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on JBSA Lackland.