News | Nov. 28, 2018

3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion Shares Army Medicine Story at Veterans day event

By Lori Kullberg 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion

Partnering with the community is an important initiative to the U.S. Army medical recruiting process, as demonstrated in Cincinnati, Ohio on Veterans Day. 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion leadership participated in an interview with Fox 19 Cincinnati Morning Show to share information on the current partnering programs. The team then spent the rest of the day with area medical students sharing their Army Medicine story and encouraging them to explore the path to becoming an Army Commissioned Officer in Army Medicine.

The day started bright and early as Lt. Col John Ament, 3rd MRB Commander, and Dr. Brett Kissela, Chief of Research Services with the University of Cincinnati, appeared on Fox 19 Cincinnati Morning Show to talk about the partnership between the U.S. Army and the University of Cincinnati. Ament explained, “These partnerships are paramount for United States Army medicine, to be able to work together as teams, to train as teams, to be a team. And not only that, you’re working with the local community to care for people in the community and they are able to work as a team in a hospital to better themselves.” Ament goes on to say the end-result is to provide better care for the soldier on the battle field, provide excellent care for the local community, and foster professional partnerships that continue to grow and evolve and learn together.

The day continued with visits to both Xavier University School of Nursing and Mount Saint Joseph University. The team was able to meet with several groups of nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, undergraduate, and graduate students. Recruiters from Columbus Medical Recruiting Company shared their Army medicine stories and spoke to the groups about the available programs in Army medicine. Joining the Army as a commissioned officer to pursue Army medicine offers a promising career in the medical profession and is a path many are unaware of.

The U.S. Army also offers tuition and training assistance, specifically the Health Professions Scholarship Program,the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, and the Specialized Training Assistance Program (STRAP). Programs like these enable students to apply for scholarships and tuition assistance. The subject matter experts on hand for the day, Col. (Dr.) Jay Johannigman, Dr. Brett Kissela, Maj. Charles Myers, Cpt. Michael Dulworth, Maj. Louis Vidal, and Lt. Col. John Ament answered questions about collaboration with the civilian sector, in-demand medical professions, physical therapist initiatives, graduate school options, combat environments, life in the Army, and the personal reasons that motivated them to pursue an Army medical career.

The U.S. Army remains diligent in sharing the Army Medicine Story with local area communities to recruit the best of the best to serve our country and represent the best medical care in the world.

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