AMSUS Meeting Aids Adjustment to ‘New Normal’ in Federal Medicine

By Sandra Basu

AMSUS Executive Director Michael Cowan MD, VADM, USN (Ret.).

AMSUS Executive Director Michael Cowan MD, VADM, USN (Ret.).

WASHINGTON—The state of medicine, including federal medicine, is always evolving, and that is why conferences such as the annual AMSUS Annual Continuing Education Meeting are so vital to federal providers, according to AMSUS Executive Director Michael Cowan MD, VADM, USN (Ret.).

“The message to providers is that, if you are a federal health provider, there is something here for you. We have something for everyone,” Cowan said.

This year’s annual AMSUS meeting will be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in National Harbor, MD. Scheduled speakers include a wide range of key leaders including VHA Under Secretary David Shulkin, MD; House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Rep. Joe Heck, DO; and Defense Health Agency (DHA) director, Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, among others. According to AMSUS, participants will be able to secure up to 25 CME hours throughout the week.

In addition to the participation of key leaders and availability of CME credits, Cowan points to the opportunity to network with providers from DoD, VA and Public Health Service, as well as international delegates, as another unique element of the meeting.

“The fact of the matter is that people who know each other and have sat down and had a cup of coffee together, work together better than people who don’t,” he pointed out. “We not only build a base of knowledge for the advancement of federal medicine, we advance it through developing the relationships and discussions that do the same.”

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