Each year the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) sponsors a meeting for healthcare professionals, with a focus on the activities of the health agencies of the United States Government. American attendees include military and civilian healthcare professionals of the Armed Forces, Public Health Service, and Department of Veterans Affairs.
This year's meeting will be held from November 6th to November 10th in San Antonio, Texas. This year, there is an additional ½ day session on Thursday morning and we are arranging a tour of some of the San Antonio area military healthcare institutions for interested parties. We encourage government healthcare professionals of other nations to attend, and we normally host approximately 100 International Delegates. The agenda includes activities and special programs for professionals from all fields of the health sciences. Full Category 1 Continuing Medical Education credit will be offered to international physicians attending the AMSUS conference in San Antonio. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay travel and per diem expenses, but International Delegates are not charged for registration, programmed activities, or social events.
International Delegate Activities:
Although there might be variations based on this year’s planning, typical international activities usually include:
- Sunday: Registration
- Sunday evening: International Delegate Welcome Reception
- Monday morning : Opening ceremonies with the convocation of International Delegates and the keynote international presentation (International Delegate Photo to be taken during or immediately after the morning session)
- Tuesday afternoon: International Delegate luncheon
- Tuesday afternoon: International Poster Session
- Tuesday evening: Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs international reception and dinner
- Wednesday evening : Federal Medical Chiefs Reception and the AMSUS Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony
- And this year, the additional Thursday activities mentioned above
Of course, international delegates are able to enjoy all of the same activities as the other registered participants, to include the various sessions and presentations, as well as the vendor displays.
Call for International Delegates:
The call for participation in AMSUS goes out to the embassies of all nations who share diplomatic recognition with the United States in February-March of each year. That invitation is then, hopefully, forwarded back to the leadership of each nation’s federal healthcare entities (military services, public health, or veteran’s administrations). Individuals should feel free to contact their leadership to ensure that they have been formally invited and to verify their participation is approved. If a copy of the letter that was sent to your Embassy is needed, please contact the International Committee and one will be provided. Also, in some cases an individual letter of invitation is required for passport and visa purposes. In those cases, an invitation can be prepared, provided the member verifies that his or her participation has been cleared by their parent federal healthcare organization. The point of contact for this matter is Colonel Jim Fike of the International Committee.
International Delegate Registration Process:
In order to ensure that our international guests are identified properly, and prevent inadvertent registration fees and costs that AMSUS has agreed to cover, there is a slightly different process for registration than the US participants will follow. The international delegate registration form should be filled out and then e-mailed to Lindsey.Bloom@AMSUS.org. Although confirmation that your registration form was received will be sent out earlier, a confirmation number will be sent out in the weeks prior to the actual conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the AMSUS International Committee Chairman, Colonel Jim Fike, USAF, MC.
International Delegate Presentations:
International presenters will follow the same guidance as the US presenters, and work with the chairperson of their presentation session to comply with deadlines for continuing education credit for their presentation, and to have all of their presentation requirements met. Once a presentation is accepted, the international delegate will be introduce to the session leader to allow for direct communication, but can also contact the International Committee for guidance and support.
The majority of the presentations in recent meetings have focused on operational topics, and this year’s theme “Transformational Pathways to Global Healthcare” will likely lead to a comparable focus – not only on the international support to current operations, but humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Nevertheless, there are opportunities to submit proposals/abstracts for clinical and research topics, too.
International Poster Session:
In addition to the international oral presentations, there is an opportunity to submit an abstract for the International Poster Session. Please go here for more information.
Joint Humanitarian Operations Course:
Each conference for the last few years international delegates have been offered an opportunity to register for the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course. The US Agency for International Development, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, teaches this course. It is focused on the US government response to humanitarian operations, but the course materials and discussions on the military support to civilian authorities in a disaster response setting have applicability to many non-US government and non-governmental organizations.
This year, the 2-day course is offered either on the Monday-Tuesday (November 7-8) or the Wednesday/Thursday (November 9-10). Note that it does require that participants’ schedules include the additional days before or after the main body of activities.
The course size is limited and only a handful of seats are available. If you are interested, please contact the International Committee as part of your registration process (or afterwards, as needed).