The Sum is Greater Than the Parts: Aligning Graduate Allied and Medical Health Education at a Training Institution

Timothy J. Bonjour, Mark W. True, Thornton Mu, Brian M. Faux, Michelle M. Valdez, Jon A. Umlauf, Michael J. Morris, Christopher J. Button, Renée I. Matos

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Analysis of military Graduate Medical Education (GME) remains in the discussion forefront as resources continue to face scrutiny along with military-specific obligation challenges. The Military Health System Quadruple Aim of Better Care, Better Health, Lower Cost, and Increased Readiness continues to drive debate of the right approach to both GME and Graduate Allied Health education. In this paper, we expand the discussion beyond traditional physician-focused GME and include the military’s highly trained allied health specialists. Graduate Allied Health medical providers provide quality and effective medical care to the military’s service members and dependents. These specialists also carry a significant deployment and operational medicine footprint complimenting core physician medical specialties delivering cost-efficient, optimal patient care and providing a ready force. This paper addresses GME and GAH interprofessionalism, institutional culture endorsement, patient safety, increasing demand, research productivity, and encouraging physician retention altogether benefiting the Military Health System. This institution’s support for the interprofessional GME model works well, expanding physician and GAH specialists’ professional application and knowledge while garnering mutual respect across all medical disciplines ultimately benefiting all.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-139
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1 May 2022
Externally publishedYes


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