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Medical Service Corps Association of Hampton Roads holds annual symposium at NMCP

By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher, Navy Medicine East Public Affairs , DVIDS 
Published: 8/13/2018 9:52 AM

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The 2018 Medical Service Corps (MSC) Association of Hampton Roads Symposium focused on military medicine’s way forward with the theme of Navigating the Landscape of Navy Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Aug. 10.

Approximately 150 medical professionals and MSC officers attended this year’s symposium, including a virtual appearance by guest speaker Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA).
Capt. Christopher Culp, commanding officer of NMCP, welcomed everyone to kick-off the symposium.
“This is the third year in a row I’ve has the opportunity to come down here and kick the MSC symposium off,” said Culp. “This is a chance to connect with some of the lines of your corps, some of the newest members, and to bridge those generational and period gaps.  This is how you build a service culture and service member. You’re going to hear from some of the most current and capable of your leaders.”
Bono opened with a few comments about the DHAs way ahead with the changes that came with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
"I will say that you are the community [MSC] that has been consistently inquisitive and constantly looking forward to finding out what this looks like," said Bono.  "And I very much value how - as a community - you always seem to be looking forward and trying to plan that, and trying to understand what that landscape looks like.
"So kudos to all of you. And I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in your symposium."
Other topics during the symposium included clinical care providers, healthcare administrators, and healthcare scientists, as DHA charts the way ahead.
After Bono’s remarks, Capt. Steven Jeffs, assistant deputy chief of operational medicine and capabilities development at Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), spoke during the symposium. He emphasized how important it is to keep the Navy and Marine Corps ready and healthy by asking the audience why MSC and Navy Medicine exists.  
“To support the warfighter,” said Jeffs. “To make them as healthy as possible to survive the environment that they have to operate in.  That’s the reason we exist. It’s a vital, critical part of this. This is why we train.”
Other speakers included Capt. Matthew Case, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Jacksonville; Capt. Brendon Melody, assistant deputy chief of total force at BUMED; Capt. David Hardy, team leader for Navy Medicine’s MHS GENISIS Implementation Team; and Capt. Susan Union, director of clinical operations at Tidewater Military Health Systems.
The Navy’s MSC community actively supports Navy Medicine’s readiness and health with more than 30 diverse sub specialties from entomology, environmental health and Aerospace and Operational Physiology to Audiology, Clinical Psychology and Pharmacy.

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