SMCAF Newsletter
January 2006

Michael J. Scotti, M.D.
2540 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, VA. 22207
Voice: (703 ) 527-8240
Fax: (703 )527-8240
Harold Koenig, M.D.
4933 Marlborough Drive
San Diego, CA 92116
Voice: (619)-281-9377
A. Mason Ahearn, M.D.
752 Collins Meadow Dr.
Georgetown, SC 29440
Voice:(843) 546-4811
Fax:(843) 546-2783
Executive Director
Margo Cabrero
5 Southern Way
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
(540)548-2019 Office
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SMCAF 2006 Business Meetings
The Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces 2006 Meeting Dates Are As Follows;
The SMCAF spring council meeting will be held at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) on Friday April 20, 2006. Council members will be notified separately by letter.
This year's annual meeting is scheduled for October 20-22, 2006 also being held at USUHS. The United States Army will be the host for this year's meeting. The meeting will take place Friday thru Sunday beginning with the Council meeting scheduled for Friday October 20th. A formal banquet will be held on Saturday evening October 21st. Mark your calendars and start making plans.
SMCAF Newsletter
January 2006

From the President
11111The sense of history that envelops one on being elected an officer of the Society evokes an emotional response. Over my 29 years of membership I have served not only those that have taught me the Art of Medicine, but the teachers of my teachers. Each year the same message is apparent: that excellent medical care for our military forces requires ever evolving clinical medicine applied on a foundation of lesson learned from previous conflicts. Our members have provided that foundation, in their publications certainly, but also in personal communications, both formal and informal. It is the mission of the Society to do so.
The The Surgeons General, as well as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) have consistently given of their time and hospitality. Our meetings, and the associations engendered during these meetings, continue to provide a unique venue for informal opportunities to share judgment and wisdom. What has been missing is a formal mechanism to discuss, a priori, policies proposed for implementation. This is a challenge.
1111In an all-volunteer unformed force, the majority of medical officers are home grown. Our future depends on the recruitment to USUHS and the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). The University is maintaining quality with reduced applications. HPSP is frankly foundering: overall they are not meeting goals numerically and has an imbalance among schools of medicine and osteopath. The Society has implemented a nationwide network of assistance to recruiters, but the recruiters are not specialized. The same commands are responsible for special forces and physicians. Relationships with schools of the health professions are weaker than they should be. The military graduate medical education infrastructure must be maintained to continue the professional development of the graduates of these programs. These are challenges.
1111 The Ware on Terrorism engendered a new view of The Law of War. Application of some provisions of the Geneva Convention applicable to prisoners are called into question. Participation of health care personnel (HCP) in the design and monitoring of interrogation has been implemented and a distinction made among those HSPs with specific responsibility for the health of individuals and those that do not. My personal belief is that medicine is a healing profession, and the same ethic applies to all of our activities in the use of our Art. Others disagree. This a challenge.
1111The political and military events of the past 10 to 15 years have brought a wealth of new experience to our military medical departments. As a result, the doctrines, strategies and day-to-day tactics of military health care have changed in response to the many lessons learned. At this year's meeting you will not only hear about these changes, you will also take part in shaping the future of military medicine.
11111Meeting these challenges are the goals of my term of office. I understand that the term limits on your officers precludes resolution of these challenges during this year, but we will make a start.
Michael J. Scotti, Jr., M.D.
Major General, USA (Ret)
President, SMCAF
2005-2006 Council
President: Michael J. Scotti, Jr., M.D.
Vice President: Harold M. Koenig, M.D.
Secretary Treasurer: A. Mason Ahearn, M.D.
Michael S. Clarke, M.D.
Michael J. Scotti, Jr., M.D.
Larry W. Laughlin, M.D.
Fred A. Cecere, M.D.
Enrique Mendez, Jr., M.D. : Honorary Councilor
James A. Zimble, M.D.: Honorary Councilor
AMA Representative
Howard E. Fauver, M.D.
Committee Chairmen
John R. Pierce, M.D. Archives & Medical History
A. Herbert Alexander, M.D. Electronic Media & Communications
Edmund G. Howe, M.D. Ethical Issues in Military Medicine
Peter F. Hoffman, M.D. Legislative & Legal
Joel C. Labow, M.D. Medical Education
Kenneth G. Swan, M.D. Membership
George K. Anderson, M.D. Professional Services
A. Mason Ahearn, M.D. Recruitment & Retention

Spousal Activities Report
Our Spousal Activities Group took a breather during our Annual Meeting October 2005. However, things look great for 2006. Our immediate Past President, Dr. Peter Hoffman, has connected us to White House sources, which sound pretty good regarding a spouses' White House Tour on Saturday, October 7, 2006. We will put this together during the spring, and will ask our spouses whether or not they want to expand this into a full-day activity, or just a "come and go" tour of the White House. Any spousal input would be greatly appreciated.
Dues Notice
Active Members
If you received a dues notice included in your newsletter, you are, according to SMCAF records an "Active Member". Active members are physicians who served on active duty in one of the branches of the Uniformed Services of the United State and who have served as Medical Consultants to a component of the Uniformed Services. Physicians in the reserve components who are consultants are also qualified for Active Membership.
All active members are required to pay dues in the amount of $100.00 on a yearly basis.
If you have any questions in regards to your membership status, contact the Executive Director at
News from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States

The change of leadership at the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States involves two active members of the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces. After eight years of dedicated service as Executive Director, Rear Admiral Fred Sanford, MC, USN (retired) has stepped aside from that role. Following the annual meeting of AMSUS in Nashville in November Major General George Anderson, USAF, MC (retired) became the new senior staff leader of this professional organization focused on the federal health agencies.
AMSUS has been working for the federal healthcare profession since its conception in 1891. It is comprised of about 9,000 professionals of all of the healthcare disciplines in the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Public Health Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, US Army Reserve, US Naval Reserve, US Air Force Reserve, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and the Coast Guard. Many members of SMCAF are also AMSUS members and find complementary benefit to be gained from each organization. The new and old AMSUS Executive Directors will continue to be involved in SMCAF activities.





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