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UT College of Medicine teaches students to meet unique needs of veterans

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences is exploring a change in curriculum to enhance the education of students in relation to veterans.

The curriculum update would train future physicians to ask a few simple questions that could help better meet the physical and emotionalneeds of veterans and their families.

A “Joining Forces in Teaching for Better Care of Veterans” panel discussion and question-and-answer session will explore the curriculum changes and responding to the needs of veterans at noon Thursday, Nov. 15 in Collier Building Room 1230.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Marijo Tamburrino, professor of psychiatry and chair of the Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Thomas Sodeman, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology
  • Second-year medical student and U.S. Army veteran Robert Roether

The half-hour event will be moderated by Kathy Vasquez, UT associate vice president for government relations and director of the UT and Ohio Area Health Education Center programs.

The panel discussion is one of a series of events the week of Nov. 12 in recognition of the national Joining Forces week to highlight the research and services available on campus to those who have served our nation.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have helped organize Joining Forces week nationally, honoring veterans for their service and working to ensure those returning from the battlefield have the economic and health care they deserve.

UT will host its final event Friday, Nov. 16 with an open house for the UT Military Service Center, which is the main point of contact for students, staff and faculty veterans or those who are still serving. The open house will be 1-2:30 p.m. in Rocket Hall Room 1529.

For more information on the national Joining Forces initiative visit


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