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Military medicine achieves new heightsby Ken FragerCourtesy PhotoThen-fourth year students James Winegarner and Michael Chamberlin successfully summitedUhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro March 7. The recent USU graduates accomplished the feat viathe Machame route while on their 2010 Spring Break.As if taking on the challenges ofserving in the U.S. Army and completingmedical school weren’t enough,two fourth-year medical students atthe Uniformed Services University ofthe Health Sciences used their SpringBreak to reach greater heights.James Winegarner and MichaelChamberlin, both recent USU graduates,successfully summited Uhuru Peak, Mt.Kilimanjaro the morning of March 7 viathe Machame route. While not the first toachieve the feat, according to both climbersit probably isn’t a common accomplishmentfor most medical students.“We share a passion for the outdoorsand for challenging ourselves,”said Winegarner, who, along withAACN Honors TriService Nursing Research ExecPhoto by Ken FragerThe American Association of Critical-CareNurses (AACN) presented theFlame of Excellence Award to U.S. AirForce Col. Marla J. De Jong, executivedirector, TriService Nursing ResearchProgram, Uniformed Services Universityof the Health Sciences.De Jong accepted the award in Mayduring the National Teaching Institute& Critical Care Exposition. The awardhonors sustained contributions to acuteand critical care nursing at a high leveland with broad reach.De Jong recently served as theprogram manager for the Joint TheaterTrauma System in Baghdad, Iraq, andAir Force program manager at theDepartment of Defense Blast InjuryResearch Program CoordinatingOffice, where research and practiceprotocols are developed for the treatment,mitigation and prevention oftraumatic injuries.A former editor of the quarterlyjournal AACN Advanced Critical Care,DeJong has published more than 35journal articles, several book chaptersand a book, all of which have contributedto shaping military and civiliannursing practice and education, healthcaredelivery, management and policy.Chamberlin, has been a leader in theWilderness Medicine Interest Group atUSU. “Between our first and second year,we spent two weeks in British Columbia,Canada, climbing in Squamish. We hadbeen planning since that time for thisbreak in our fourth year, where therewas some flexibility in our schedule toaccomplish another big challenge.”The duo decided on Mt. Kilimanjarobecause of the relatively short durationand non-technical nature of the climband because of the location. Standingmore than 19,334 feet high, Uhuru Peakis the highest summit on Kibo’s craterrim. Kilimanjaro itself is the tallest freestandingmountain in Africa and thefourth highest of the seven summits.The Machame route is considered to bethe most scenic and most difficult route.“We had hopes of conductinghumanitarian health care while inAfrica, in conjunction with this climb,but because of U.S. State Departmentlimitations on official travel inthat part of the world right now, thehumanitarian portion fell through atthe last minute,” said Chamberlin.According to Air Force Maj. (Dr.)Glenn Burns, assistant professor in thedepartment of Military and EmergencyMedicine and former faculty advisorto the Wilderness Medicine InterestGroup at USU, the achievement of theseadventurous students is not surprisinggiven their background and training.“We attempt to turn out not onlyexceptional physicians, but competentand well-rounded military officers whoare prepared for the demands of challenging,austere and extreme environments,”said Burns. “I can’t imagine a better wayto help them prepare.”“This climb was, at least in mymind, a capstone event and symbolicof medical school itself,” said Winegarner.“It was seven very difficult daysof non-stop physical exertion withthe added effects of altitude and coldweather to deal with, but the feelingswe had when we reached the summitwere very similar to how we feltwalking across the stage at graduation.”4 The Pulse The Official USU Newsletter


BriefsFunding Applications:The USU Merit Review Committeeis now accepting applications forthe fiscal year 2011 USU IntramuralResearch Funding.Applications may be submitted forPilot, Standard and Exploratory grantawards for funding. This will fund newor revised applications only. Competingcontinuations will not be consideredat this time. These applicationsare for research in all areas basic, clinicaland behavioral.Projects reviewed under this callwill be evaluated for demonstratedrelevance to military concerns and/orare specific to the USU mission.Eligibility for funding from theUniversity’s intramural program isrestricted to billeted civilian anduniformed faculty members at USUwith Full, Associate or Assistant Professortitles.Late applications will not beaccepted and incomplete applicationswill not be reviewed.Applications are due by June 18, 2010.Notification of the awards shouldbe complete on or about October 1.Individuals applying for intramuralfunding, we will need a hard copy of theapplication with the original signaturesby June 18, 2010.Additionally, applications must besubmitted electronically, as a MicrosoftWord document, via email tosrasmussen@usuhs.mil and vshaw@usuhs.mil. Submissions must alsoinclude any additional materialsuseful to the Merit Review Committeein assessing the proposal.For further information contacteither a grants specialist (Ms. Shaw orMs. Gibbons) or Susan Rasmussen byphone at 295-3303.Professional activities:The Department of Defenseand USU policy requires that allemployees, both military and civilian,receive approval for engagingin any activity outside their workenvironment, which involves theirprofessional expertise or governmentoccupation (whether or notcompensated), as well as any activitythat involves compensation. Thisincludes serving on the Board of aNon-Federal Organization.This approval is required priorto engaging in the activity. In orderto get approval, any employee cancomplete a USUHS Form 1004. Thiscompleted form must be approvedand signed by each department chairor activity head.These forms are available inthe General Counsel’s office oronline at the USU OGC Web site.Completed forms must be turned into the General Counsel’s office. Theform will be routed to the appropriatedean, brigade commander orUSU president.Once processing is completed, acopy of the approved form will bereturned to the employee for theemployee’s records.Using Computer Resources:Security incidents continue to bea drain to limited USU InformationAssurance manpower. The followinghighlight current DoD policy andbest practices:Personnel must not install selfcodedor non-licensed software onnetwork resources; add, remove,configure, or attempt to modifyUSU computer operating systemsor programs; move audio/visual ornetwork cables, computers or attemptto connect personal computersto the network including MDL andlecture hall spaces; connect personaldevices except for those previouslyauthorized by NOC; downloadpornographic material and store ordisplay offensive material, such asracist literature, sexually harassing orobscene language or material; store orprocess classified information on anyUSU system.Personnel must not permit unauthorizedindividuals access to agovernment-owned or governmentoperatedsystem or program; accessonline gambling, games and socialengineering sites.Helpdesk Closure:The NOC helpdesk is closed for trainingon Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m.During this time, you can leave avoicemail message at 295-9800, utilizethe HEAT Self Service (http://www.usuhs.mil/uis/forms/trouble.html), oremail help@usuhs.mil.If an emergency should arise, pleasecall 295-9870.Exercise/Fitness Areas:Physical Fitness training should beconducted in designated areas.The only authorized space for PTwithin the university is room G060.The campus’ Student CommunityLounge area is also authorized, butonly during specified PFT testingdates or times.2010 Bushmaster/Kerkesner:The USU field exercises, OperationsBushmaster and Kerkesner will be heldJuly 6 through July 23 at Fort IndiantownGap, Pa.Advance personnel will deploy July 6.The main body of personnel will deployJuly 10.Only emergency leave will begranted during this time frame as thereare over 145 uniformed personnel,not including evaluators, needed tosupport this mission.For further information contactSgt. 1st Class Ronald Wilson by phoneat 319-8207.June 1, 2010 7

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