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Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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Eyes on Vision Readiness

Article Around MHS
1/27/2023
Military personnel gets eye exam

Good eyesight is often take for granted, but vision impairment can be the difference between mission success and mission failure. Find out what's happening on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling so airmen in the National Capital Region remain sharply focused on their U.S. Air Force missions.

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It's Final! Last MHS GENESIS Staff Q&A Ahead of Spring 2023 MHS GENESIS Transition

Article Around MHS
1/27/2023
Military personnel in auditorium at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

With less than two months before the transition to MHS GENESIS, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) MHS GENESIS and Leidos Partnership Defense Health (LPDH) host the final MHS GENESIS Staff Q&A. See how the topics addressed will help providers and staff navigate MHS GENESIS more efficiently.

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Military Health System Transformation | MHS GENESIS: The Electronic Health Record | MHS GENESIS

I Am Navy Medicine - and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist - Lt. Jason Balazs

Article Around MHS
1/27/2023
Military medical personnel administers ultrasound on patient.

National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Week is January 22-28, 2023. Learn why CRNAs like Lt. Jason Balazs use extraordinary precision and focus to support critical mission readiness and their impact on this profession's long history and enduring record of patient safety.

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Health Readiness & Combat Support

Frontline Expeditionary Dental Care is Near-Time Reality

Article Around MHS
1/26/2023
Field Portable Dental System

U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity’s Warfighter Deployed Medical Systems is working to modernize several field deployable dental treatment systems to provide dental treatments to warfighters in a not-so typical way.

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Dental Health | Research & Innovation

U.S. Army Medical Laboratory Forges Relationship with Australian Defence Force Institute

Article Around MHS
1/25/2023
Military personnel in medical laoratory

American soldiers from the 1st Area Medical Laboratory were hosted by their counterparts at the Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute in Brisbane, Australia. Find out what was discussed at this meeting to strengthen critical relationships, save lives, and enable both sides' mission readiness.

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Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Health Readiness & Combat Support | Research & Innovation

Medical Training Made a Priority During Deployment

Article Around MHS
1/24/2023
Military medical personnel demonstrating a surgical technique

Working in a Role III hospital center overseas, the bulk of the work consists of routine medical care for soldiers, coalition forces, and contractors, addressing a multitude of symptoms, including headaches, muscle pain, cold-like symptoms, upset stomachs. To do this, training is made a high priority, offering multiple training opportunities for every level in the hospital.

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Education & Training | Army Reserve

Former Medic Excels at Academics, Leads Medical, Burn Treatment Development

Article Around MHS
1/23/2023
Kristin Jones Maia

Kristin Jones Maia has a passion for learning, and it shows. As a product manager and go-to expert at Fort Detrick’s U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, she leads a development team focused on battlefield burn treatments.

Toxicologists Hold Vital Role in Protecting DOD Workforce

Article Around MHS
1/20/2023
Toxicologist working in laboratory

Among the DOD's priorities, protecting warfighters from enemy combatants and weapons is critical. But there are other scenarios, when undetected, that pose threat to the health of our military. Find out why that makes the job of a DOD toxicologists so important.

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USU Students Dedication Leads to Mission Critical Lifesaving Blood Drives

Article Around MHS
1/20/2023
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Adam Stainiger

Blood provides life-extending properties. No one knows this like U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Adam Stainiger does. Find out how his own mother's health journey prompted Stainiger's dedication hosting blood drives to help other service members and their families.

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences | Armed Services Blood Program

Pharmacists Indispensable in Dispensing Patient-Centered Care

Article Around MHS
1/20/2023
Naval Hospital Bremerton pharmacists pose for a picture

National Pharmacist Day, on Jan. 12, provides an annual date to recognize that the pharmacists assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton are at the forefront in combining high tech convenience with patient-centered care.

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Catching Up With MHS GENESIS

Article Around MHS
1/19/2023
Military medical personnel examining patients' records

Keesler's 81st Medical Group successfully passed the initial 90-day mark of the migration to the new MHS GENESIS. See how its standardization will help patients and providers navigate a more efficient communication experience.

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959th Medical Group Airmen at BAMC Receive Distinguished Awards

Article Around MHS
1/18/2023
U.S. Army Col. Renee Matos speaks at ceremony

The New Year’s revelry may be over; however, with a host of local and national awards, the 959th Medical Group still has cause to celebrate. Several 959th Airmen assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center were recognized recently for their selfless service, professionalism, and clinical expertise, both at home and overseas.

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Health Readiness & Combat Support

There's No Excuse to Not Be Living Your Full Potential

Article Around MHS
1/17/2023
Military personnel healing in hospital bed

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Armando Mejia was severely injured due to an explosion and firefight in Mosul, Iraq, in 2004. Staying in a medical hold while recovering, Mejia was eventually one of the first to experience the Army Recovery Care Program when it was stood up as Warrior Care and Transition.

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Military Communities Can Be Fit in the New Year with Tips and Resources from Exchange Online Hub

Article Around MHS
1/13/2023
Fitness infographic

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making sure military communities have health and fitness resources at their fingertips all year with the online BE FIT 360 Hub.

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Physical Fitness | Nutritional Fitness

Fleet Readiness Center East Enhances Emergency Preparedness with Training in CPR, Defibrillator, and First Aid

Article Around MHS
1/12/2023
Military medical personnel practicing CPR

When it comes to providing first aid and initial care during an emergency, every second counts in the matter of life and death. That's why this training program at Fleet Readiness Center East aims to equip its workforce with lifesaving skills and training to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.

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Education & Training | Emergency Preparedness and Response
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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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