Unique Advantages of Embedded OSCAR Teams

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By Lt. Cmdr. John M. Burger, officer in charge, 1st Marine Regiment, Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) program As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were unfolding, Headquarters Marine Corps and the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery agreed to embed active duty mental health providers and corpsmen within deployed Marine Corps infantry units. […]

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A Starting Line for SPRINT: The Beginning of the Navy’s Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team

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By Andre’ B. Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian The special psychiatric rapid intervention team (SPRINT) is marking four decades since it was first developed by a team of psychiatrists at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. Early in 1976, psychiatrists involved with the care of survivors from USS Belknap accident began seeing […]

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Flight Surgeons – Making a Stressful Occupation Look Cool

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By Lt. Cmdr. Shawnna Chee, PsyD, ABPP, aerospace clinical neuropsychologist, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute How can something that looks so cool possibly be so stressful? As an aerospace clinical neuropsychologist at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) in Pensacola, Florida, nearly all pilots and air crew I see deny any kind of stress related to their jobs; or […]

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I am Navy Medicine: Lt. Claudia Cespedes, Clinical Psychologist

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By Lt. Claudia Cespedes, Naval Hospital Naples A native of Denver, Colorado, I’m the youngest of 11, and first in my family to join the military and pursue a doctorate degree. While completing my Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver in 2010, I simultaneously worked with asylum seekers and trauma survivors, […]

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Mitchell Center a one-of-kind Facility Devoted to POWs

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By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Matthew Clutter, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Public Affairs Three men, all well into retirement, casually reminisce together one morning. From a distance, their talk would seem typical of men their age.  Get closer, though, and you realize that their conversation is anything but typical. They sit and laugh and […]

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