Army Col. Michael Wirt, Brooke Army Medical Center commander, and Air Force Col. Kristen Beals, 59th Medical Wing vice commander, present the Gold Headed Cane Award to Army Col. (Dr.) Steven Spencer on behalf of Army Col. Matthew Brogman, chief of Inpatient Pediatrics during the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Awards ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, June 4, 2021. Brogman was unable to attend the ceremony, so Spencer accepted the award on his behalf. (U.S. Army Photo by Garron Webster)
Army Col. Michael Wirt, Brooke Army Medical Center commander, and Air Force Col. Kristen Beals, 59th Medical Wing vice commander, present the Gold Headed Cane Award to Army Col. (Dr.) Steven Spencer on behalf of Army Col. Matthew Brogman, chief of Inpatient Pediatrics during the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Awards ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, June 4, 2021. Brogman was unable to attend the ceremony, so Spencer accepted the award on his behalf. (U.S. Army Photo by Garron Webster) (Photo Credit: Garron Webster) VIEW ORIGINAL

San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium held its annual awards ceremony June 4 at Brooke Army Medical Center.

SAUSHEC is one of two major Department of Defense multi-service graduate health education platforms; the other is National Capital Consortium at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It hosts 37 General Medical Education specialty programs with 638 Army, Air Force and Navy interns, residents and fellows.

Additionally, SAUSHEC is the largest DoD graduate-level allied health education platform, sponsoring 22 programs with 77 trainees. SAUSHEC’s training programs are primarily located at BAMC and the 59th Medical Wing’s Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center.

“Today, we are here to celebrate the privilege of serving in the educational mission, which perpetuates our professions, enabling the care of our patients not only today, but tomorrow,” said Dr. Mark True, SAUSHEC dean. “We get to enjoy the opportunity to develop skills and instill values in the next generation of professionals that follow us.”

True emphasized the importance of the faculty’s mission to mold and train “specialists that are incredibly competent professionals.”

“Those of you who are trainees enjoy the opportunity to become experts in your field while serving your country, knowing that you are learning from those who genuinely care about your success,” he said. “It is a sacred trust given to us by our nation, both to continually learn as best as we can to apply the knowledge and skills to our patients, and subsequently to teach and inspire those that follow us.”

BAMC Commander Army Col. Michael Wirt and 59th Medical Wing Vice Commander Air Force Col. Kristen Beals were on hand to present the awards to the winners. Dr. Michael Morris, assistant dean for research and professor of medicine; Army Col. (Dr.) Thornton Mu, SAUSHEC associate dean for Graduate Medical Education; Dr. Timothy Bonjour, associate dean for Graduate Allied Health Education; and Air Force Col. Brian Faux, SAUSHEC associate dean also participated in the ceremony.

Following tradition, last year’s recipient of the Gold Headed Cane Award, Air Force Col. Jason Okulicz, announced the winner of this year’s Gold Headed Cane Award, Army Col. Matthew Brogman, chief of Inpatient Pediatrics, and advisor to the Pediatric Trauma Society Research Committee and DoD Joint Trauma System on pediatric critical care issues.

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. Gold Headed Canes have since been given at many medical schools to singularly outstanding students.

It was with this in mind that former Director of Professional Services, Dr. John Sharp, instituted the tradition at Wilford Hall in 1992, adapting it to annually honor a faculty member to represent all-around excellence, including consideration for contributions in military operational medicine. In 2009, the award expanded to include all active duty SAUSHEC faculty.

True congratulated all the nominees and the winners, and thanked faculty members for their continued support.

“Take pride in what you have accomplished, and but also take pride in knowing that you inspire the rest of us to serve at a higher level,” he said. “You are a credit to our organization and we hope you understand how highly you are valued.”

SAUSHEC 2021 Annual Award Winners

HOUSE STAFF HALL OF FAME

Resident: Air Force Capt. Rachel E. Bridwell, Emergency Medicine

Fellow: Air Force Capt. Joseph E. Marcus, Infectious Disease

COMMANDERS’ AWARDS FOR ORIGINAL MEDICAL RESEARCH AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Graduate Allied Health Education: Army Capt. Jacob A. Kersey, Emergency Medicine PA

QIPS: Air Force Capt. Lauren A. Sattler, Internal Medicine

Resident Primary Care:

First Place: Air Force Capt. Howard E. Gill IV, Radiology

Second Place: Air Force Capt. Michael J. Yoo, Emergency Medicine

Third Place: Air Force Capt. Jared M. Katchen, Radiology

Resident Surgical:

First Place: Air Force Capt. Samuel D. Hobbs, Ophthalmology

Second Place: Air Force Capt. Jameaka L. Hamilton, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Third Place: Army Capt. Darshan S. Shah, Orthopaedic Surgery

Third Place: Army Capt. Nicole M. Sgromolo, Orthopaedic Surgery

Animal/Basic Science:

Air Force Lt. Col. Erik S. DeSoucy, Surgical Critical Care

Fellow Clinical:

First Place: Air Force Capt. Joseph E. Marcus, Infectious Disease

Second Place: Air Force Capt. Subodh K. Arora, Sleep Medicine

Third Place: Navy Lt. Cmdr. Melissa R. Garcia, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

Army Lt. Col. Robert J. Cybulski, Jr., Pathology

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT/PATIENT SAFETY AWARD

LTC Robert W. Krell, General Surgery

LIEUTENANT GENERAL PAUL K. CARLTON, Jr. AWARD

Graduate Medical Education Faculty Award

Army Lt. Col. Robert J. Walter, Pulmonary Critical Care

COLONEL GERALD WAYNE TALCOTT AWARD

Graduate Allied Health Education Faculty Award

Air Force Maj. Callie J. Cooper, Clinical Psychology Internship

COLONEL WOODSON SCOTT JONES AWARD

Graduate Allied Health Education Trainee Award

Air Force Maj. Marc A. Patience, Clinical Health Psychology Fellowship

COLONEL GAIL D. DEYLE AWARD

Graduate Allied Health Education Program Director Award

Army Maj. Christopher S. Alferez, Optometry

MAJOR JOHN H. GILLESPIE AWARD

Graduate Medical Education Intern Award

Air Force Capt. Mary Beth Gadarowski, Internal Medicine

MAJOR DAVID S. BERRY AWARD

Graduate Medical Education Resident Award

Army Capt. Matthew D. Smith, Anesthesiology

COLONEL DONALD M. NULL AWARD

Graduate Medical Education Fellow Award

Army Maj. Zachary J. Weber, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

MS. YLDA A. BENAVIDES AWARD

SAUSHEC Program Coordinator Award

Ms. Concepción M. Cooper, Emergency Medicine

COLONEL JOHN D. ROSCELLI AWARD

Graduate Medical Education Program Director Award

Air Force Lt. Col. Alice E. Barsoumian, Infectious Disease

GOLD HEADED CANE Award

Army Col. Matthew A. Borgman, Pediatric Critical Care