More than 100 medical schools are partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative and pledging to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. As Bloomberg reports:
The plan is led by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. They have pledges from 130 medical and osteopathic schools including those at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The schools will develop clinical trials and research to help treat veterans and share information among the institutions, according to the administration. The first lady met yesterday with representatives from more than 30 medical associations and organizations to discuss ways to address mental health issues affecting troops.
Other news reports say the U.S. Department of Defense estimates that nearly 213,000 military personnel have suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2000.
Previously: As soldiers return home, demand for psychologists with military experience grows, Helping brain-injured soldiers return – safely – to the battlefield, Are veterans with PTSD at higher risk for medical illnesses?, Study shows high rates of substance use disorders among veterans with mental illness and Can training soldiers to meditate combat PTSD?
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