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Hampton Roads Medical Service Corps builds future leaders at 2023 symposium

21 September 2023

From Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Travis Decker, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic Public Affairs and Outreach

The Medical Service Corps (MSC) Association of Hampton Roads hosted a symposium that focused on the state of the corps, leadership, career management, manpower, expeditionary medicine, and a professional development panel at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), Sept. 15.
“I’m excited [to host the symposium] because you all represent the largest and most diverse corps,” said Capt. Brian Feldman, the commanding officer of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training (NMRTC) Command. “I consider you the connective tissue of Navy Medicine and you enable comprehensive cutting-edge advancements in healthcare worldwide.”

This year’s theme is “Building Future Leaders,” and approximately 100 medical professionals and MSC officers in the local area and from North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Missouri, attended the symposium.
Key speaker Rear Adm. Matthew Case, the MSC director and commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic (NMFL) stressed the importance of the community’s professional development and medical readiness in order to support our nation’s warfighter.
“I am laser-focused on expanding our capabilities and taking care of a full range of combat casualties,” explained Case. “And to prepare, we need to provide the right environment for our people to be successful.”

Lt. Cmdr. Diana Tran-Yu, who was in the audience and is also the president of NMRTC Bethesda’s MSC Professional Association, shared her key takeaway from this year’s symposium.
“Each one of us can do our part to prepare for the future in crisis and combat operations,” concluded Tran-Yu. “I believe that we are prepared to provide the survivability of the force, and we must continue to amplify and reinforce great talents.”
The MSC community actively supports Navy Medicine’s readiness and health with more than 30 diverse subspecialties from entomology, environmental health and aerospace and operational physiology to audiology, clinical psychology and pharmacy.
NMFL, headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, delivers operationally focused medical expertise and capabilities to meet Fleet, Marine and Joint Force requirements by providing equipment, sustainment and maintenance of medical forces during combat operations and public health crises. NMFL provides oversight for 21 NMRTCs, logistics, and public health and dental services throughout the U.S. East Coast, U.S. Gulf Coast, Cuba, Europe, and the Middle East.
Navy Medicine – represented by more than 44,000 highly-trained military and civilian health care professionals – provides enduring expeditionary medical support to the warfighter on, below, and above the sea, and ashore.

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