Medical Mentorship forum aims to support healthcare, healthcare professionals

By Pat Young, Winn ACH Public AffairsMarch 29, 2023

The 3rd Infantry Division’s long-term medical mentorship program aims to nurture healthcare professionals with an upcoming Medical Mentorship Forum, April 7 at Club Stewart.

One of the programs the Army Medical Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Medical Command – Fort Stewart sponsors is the Interservice Physician Assistant Program. This program offers between 150-200 Soldiers a year an opportunity to become physician assistants. 
Participating cadets begin their Army career from a myriad of military occupational specialties and later graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a commission in the military services.
One of the programs the Army Medical Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Medical Command – Fort Stewart sponsors is the Interservice Physician Assistant Program. This program offers between 150-200 Soldiers a year an opportunity to become physician assistants.
Participating cadets begin their Army career from a myriad of military occupational specialties and later graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a commission in the military services.
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Col. Bill Soliz, the commander of Tripler Army Medical Center, who is also the physician assistant consultant for the Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle; and Col. James Jones, Director for the U.S. Medical Center of Excellence, and the Army OTSG PA Deputy Consultant, will serve as the guest speakers during the event.

Designed to strengthen the physician assistant program and support the overall medical community, the 3rd ID and Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield organized the event to help integrate and build on the network of healthcare professionals to support medical education, medical standardization, and professionalism through mentorship.

The upcoming event will discuss the evolution of the Army Medical System and the future of the physician assistant profession in the Army, said Maj. Patrick Rose, the deputy division surgeon for 3rd ID.

One of the programs the Army Medical Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Medical Command – Fort Stewart sponsors is the Interservice Physician Assistant Program. This program offers between 150-200 Soldiers a year an opportunity to become physician assistants.

Participating cadets begin their Army career from a myriad of military occupational specialties and later graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a commission in the military services.

The IPAP Phase II Clinical Coordinator at Winn Army Community Hospital, Maj. Robert Dichiera, said the education and training the student Soldiers receive in that program is invaluable.

“Once they graduate, they will be charged with the health and well-being of our U.S. service members as primary care providers or ‘docs’ of a unit or battalion," Dichiera said. He noted that since the cadets come from a variety of backgrounds, they each provide a unique perspective once they get to their first assignment as a physician assistant.

Medical professionals interested in attending the April 7 forum should contact Maj. Patrick Rose at patrick.b.rose.mil@army.mil.

To learn more about pursuing a medical career through the IPAP program, visit medcoe.army.mil/ipap.