from Dr. Byington
November 2018: Veterans Day
This Veterans Day, and every day, we thank the brave men and women who have selflessly served in the United States armed forces.
Recognizing our nation’s veterans is particularly important at Texas A&M. Our Aggie heritage includes a rich history of military service and a charge to care for those who served. Through our Military Health priority, we continue to honor and serve our nation’s veterans and their families. I would like to share just a few recent examples of this dedication in action across the Health Science Center:
- The Texas A&M Veteran Resource and Support Center recognized one of our residents and two of our faculty members for their influence on student veterans. Ryan Rister, DO, resident at the College of Medicine; Nicola Contreras, MSN, clinical assistant professor at the College of Nursing; and Martin Mufich, MSN, RN, clinical assistant professor at the College of Nursing, were acknowledged for their mentorship, inspiration and overall positive impact on veterans.
- We are working to produce more military physicians and this month we launched our Cadet to Medicine Early Assurance Program, which will allow Texas A&M Corps of Cadets members to receive early admittance to the College of Medicine. We are also thankful for our partnerships with Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and the U.S. Air Force’s 59th Medical Wing, which provide our health professions students training experiences in military treatment facilitates.
- The Health Science Center is home to TexVet, a state program for Texas' service members, veterans, families and those who serve them, providing verified information and referral resources. We recently welcomed a new center director, Carrie Sconza, MS Ed—a retired Navy veteran who continues to serve the veteran community.
- Tiffany A. Radcliff, PhD, professor in Health Policy & Management and associate dean for research in the School of Public Health, is actively collaborating with researchers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to evaluate emergency management within the VA. She is also engaged in other VA-led projects to improve care coordination for Veterans hospitalized outside of VA who return to VA for other health care services.
- In August, we welcomed Israel Liberzon, MD, our new Department Head of Psychiatry at the College of Medicine, a nationally-recognized leader in PTSD research. We continue to seek opportunities to partner with the Department of Defense and Department of Veteran’s Affairs for additional military research opportunities.
- Finally, an interesting fact: When the U.S. Army chooses to educate a pediatric dentist to serve the children of military families, it always uses the College of Dentistry as its training site.
Again, these are just a few of the many examples across the Health Science Center where we are collaboratively making an impact on our nation’s veterans and their families.
Finally, to those of you who are veterans—I know there are many faculty, staff and students who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms—thank you for your sacrifices.
Carrie L. Byington, MD