2016 USPHS Symposium Hosted in the Big Friendly

The USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium was held in Oklahoma City on May 16-19. The theme for the conference was "Gimme Five: Building a Better Tomorrow Through Prevention Today." The Symposium built on the First Lady's challenge of incorporating a healthier lifestyle and the Surgeon General's top priorities for better health (tobacco-free living, mental and emotional well-being, healthy eating, active lifestyle, and violence prevention).

Plenary speakers included Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo, Dr. Mike Parkinson of UPMC Health, and Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. Our academic partner was the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

USPHS Symposium Partnered with Remote Area Medical

Before the USPHS Symposium started, some attendees volunteered at a free clinic in Durant, OK. It was a great opportunity for Public Health Service officers to connect with local residents in need of medical and dental care. The event was also a good way for Public Health Service officers to demonstrate their expertise and professionalism.

The mission of Remote Area Medical is to, "prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality health care to those in need." Organizers of the 2016 USPHS Symposium were proud to partner with such a outstanding organization whose philosophy intersects with that of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Click here to learn more about Remote Area Medical.

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Emotional 2015 USPHS Symposium in Atlanta

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy motivated everyone. Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo said, if confirmed, that she would put on the uniform of the Public Health Service. Retired RADM Jim Curran of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health talked about the early days of tracking HIV/AIDS. Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice of the Morehouse School of Medicine welcomed people to Atlanta.

The 50th annual USPHS Symposium was also very emotional. RADM Boris Lushniak announced his retirement plans. Surgeon General Murthy announced that RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams would become Deputy Surgeon General. The PHS Ensemble Concert dedicated songs to the Ebola responders and to the people of West Africa. And then there was author Mike Stobbe's talk during the formal Anchor & Caduceus Dinner, which got everyone riled up.

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Big Turnout for 2014 USPHS Symposium in Raleigh

Over 1000 Public Health Service officers and local health professionals attended the 2014 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh provided keynote remarks.  Other plenary speakers included RADM Fitzhugh Mullan, USPHS (Ret.), Dr. Arthur Kellermann of the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Dr. William Lanier of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak, Acting Deputy Surgeon General RADM Scott Giberson, Chief of Staff CAPT Robert DeMartino, RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer (Ret.) of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and Dean Barbara Rimer of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  It was a fantastic opportunity for continuing education credits and to collaborate with PHS officers from across the country.

Below are some video recordings from the conference.

Opening Keynote (Slade-Sawyer, Rimer, Koh):  click here

Luther Terry Lecture (Kellermann):  click here

Engineer Category Day (Beck):  click here

Closing Keynote (Currie, DeMartino, Giberson, Lushniak):  click here


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2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

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