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Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course

 

Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course

Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course
WRTMC
The Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Medal
Motto Safiri Salama
Established 1941 (1941)
Type Military
Director COL Peter J. Weina
Location Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Affiliations Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Naval Medical Research Center
Website [1]

The Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is one of the many Tropical Medicine Training Courses available in the US and worldwide (see Tropical medicine). It is an intensive 5-day course created to familiarize students with tropical diseases they may encounter overseas. The course is open to Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, ESO, 18D, or other medical personnel. The course is run by the military and designed for personnel of the US Military (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force) and several other US government agencies.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Recipients of "The Colonel George W. Hunter III Certificate" 1.1
  • Offshoots 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Location of the Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course within Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

The BG G. Russell Callendar was Commandant.[2] At that time, the course ran for 30 days and consisted of didactic and laboratory sessions similar to today’s course. Very much like the majority of the 52 years that this course was offered at WRAIR, that first course presented continuing education to approximately 30 officers.[3]

The course in named in honor of Walter Reed

Over the next fifty years, the course changed names and length but remained dedicated to teaching continuing tropical medicine education to military officers. In 1954, the Institute began the “Advanced Military Preventive Medicine Course” which carried on the tropical medicine education tradition begun in 1941. This course was eventually supplanted by the “Global Medicine Course” in December 1966. During the next four and a half years, the Global Medicine course was offered on 8 separate occasions. This 12 week course was divided into 4 weeks of “Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics”, 3 weeks of “Ecology and Disease”, and 5 weeks of “Tropical Medicine”. In February 1972, the Global Medicine course was split into a 5 week course called “Military Medical Ecology” and a 6 week course called the “Tropical Medicine Course”. The first Tropical Medicine Course was offered in July and August 1972 and was attended by 11 medical officers and 4 clinical clerks. The course endured until 1993 and was the only surviving remnant of the original Army Medical School educational offerings.[4]

In 1991, the Institute celebrated its 50 year tradition of tropical medicine education. In memory of his significant contributions to tropical medicine education, the Institute established “The Colonel Dr. Theodore E. Woodward who attended the first course in 1941.[5]

Due to operational needs of the Special Operations Command and the newly formed Africa Command, in 2010 it was decided to resurrect the former 6 week course at WRAIR and convert it to a targeted short course that would provide a broader spectrum of individuals with the knowledge they need to combat international infectious disease threats. Operational demands upon the U.S. military facing wars on multiple fronts in areas affected with tropical disease identified a vital need for an intensely focused short course to familiarize medical personnel at all educational levels in tropical medicine.[6]

Recipients of "The Colonel George W. Hunter III Certificate"

Offshoots

Hunter’s Tropical Medicine: "Hunter’s Tropical Medicine grew out of a World War II [7]

See also

The Back and Front Cover of the Lab Manual

References

  1. ^ CATALOGUE OF THE PUBLIC DOCUMENTS OF THE FIFTY-THIRD CONGRESS AND OF ALL DEPARTMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PERIOD FROM March 4, 1893, To June 30, 1895, page 30.
  2. ^ Phillip, LC (1946). "Medicine and the War". JAMA: 1166. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ The Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course (Lab Manual); Fourth edition (2011); ASIN: B0070AOM4S
  4. ^ The Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course (Lab Manual); Fourth edition (2011); ASIN: B0070AOM4S
  5. ^ The Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course (Lab Manual); Fourth edition (2011); ASIN: B0070AOM4S
  6. ^ The Walter Reed Tropical Medicine Course (Lab Manual); Fourth edition (2011); ASIN: B0070AOM4S
  7. ^ STRICKLAND, G. Thomas, ed. - Hunter’s Tropical Medicine and emerging infectious diseases. 8.ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000. 1192p. ilus. (ISSN: 0-7216-6223-4)

External links

  • Official Course Website
  • Article featured on the Army.mil website
  • Images from the course at FLICKR.com
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