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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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Investigational New Drug

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
2/27/2008

A drug or biological product subject to the FDA regulations at Part 312 of Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 50, 56, 312, Subpart I of Part 314, Subpart G  of Part 601, as amended, including: A drug not approved or a biological ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6200.02: Application of FDA Rules to Department of Defense Force Health Protection Programs

Related Glossary Terms

Investigational New Drug

Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/9/2004

The systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of information on the health of a population and relevant health hazards, with timely dissemination of feedback to those who need it and can take action.  Comprehensive health ...

Source of Definition

DoD Directive 6200.04: Force Health Protection

Related Glossary Terms

Health Surveillance | Health Surveillance | Health Surveillance | Health Surveillance

Military Health System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/9/2004

A world-class health system that supports the military mission by fostering, protecting, sustaining and restoring health.  It also provides the direction, resources, healthcare providers, and other means necessary for promoting the health ...

Source of Definition

DoD Directive 6200.04: Force Health Protection

Related Glossary Terms

Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System | Military Health System [DoDI 6000.08] | Military Health System [DoDI 6025.13] | Military Health System [DoDM 6025.13]

Preventive Medicine

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/9/2004

Anticipating, predicting, identifying, preventing, and controlling illnesses, injuries, communicable diseases (including vector-, food- and water-borne diseases), and diseases due to exposure to occupational and environmental health hazards. ...

Source of Definition

DoD Directive 6200.04: Force Health Protection

Related Glossary Terms

Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine

First Responders

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/9/2004

The primary healthcare providers whose responsibility is the provision of immediate clinical care and stabilization in preparation for evacuation to the next level of care.  In addition to treating injuries, they treat Service members for ...

Source of Definition

DoD Directive 6200.04: Force Health Protection

Related Glossary Terms

First Responders | First Responder

Force Health Protection

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
10/9/2004

All measures taken by commanders, supervisors, individual Service members, and the MHS to promote, protect, improve, conserve, and restore the mental and physical well being of Service members across the range of military activities and ...

Source of Definition

DoD Directive 6200.04: Force Health Protection

Related Glossary Terms

Force Health Protection | Force Health Protection

Graduate Medical Education

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/5/2001

Physician education beginning after graduation from medical school and providing clinical and instructional training in general and specialty practice. GME may have as its goal the accomplishment of board certification in a specialty (e.g., ...

Source of Definition

DODI 6015.24 Sizing of Graduate Medical Education and Program Closure Procedures

Related Glossary Terms

Graduate Medical Education

Trainee

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/5/2001

The physician participating as a student in the GME program, often referred to as an "intern," "resident," or "fellow," or defined by the year of participation in the program; e.g., "Postgraduate Year 1;" etc.


Source of Definition

DODI 6015.24 Sizing of Graduate Medical Education and Program Closure Procedures

Related Glossary Terms

Graduate Medical Education

Program Director

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/5/2001

The physician designated as the "PD."  The PD has responsibility for all aspects of physician education in the confines of a specialty program.


Source of Definition

DODI 6015.24 Sizing of Graduate Medical Education and Program Closure Procedures

Related Glossary Terms

Program Director

Long Term Health or Health Related Education and Training

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
1/12/2000

Full-time DoD-subsidized (military sponsored) health or health-related education or training in a military or civilian facility for 26 weeks or more, including education or training received in preparation for commissioning as an Health ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6000.13: Accession and Retention Policies, Programs, and Incentives for Military Health Professions Officers (HPOs)
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