The International Congress on Military Medicine Returns to the USA
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2004 (DeploymentLINK) - For the first time since 1939, the United States will host the International Congress on Military Medicine. This thirty-fifth International Congress takes place September 12-17, 2004, at the Marriott Gateway Hotel, Arlington, VA.
The assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, William Winkenwerder, will host this prestigious event on behalf of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
"The ICMM provides a vehicle for international health networking, consulting, and training," Winkenwerder said. "The biennial Congress fosters increased international dialogue and cooperation between international militaries to support humanitarian assistance requests for global needs."
This prestigious Congress, a gathering of the International Committee on Military Medicine (ICMM), will bring together a contingent of international military medical personnel to discuss concerns of world health. Total attendance could reach 1,000 medical professionals from all over the globe. Guests and presenters will include more than 600 foreign national ICMM member delegates from over 100 countries and their spouses, plus Department of Defense (DoD) personnel. Non-DoD medical personnel will include representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
The main topic of this year's International Congress on Military Medicine
is "Humanitarian Assistance for Natural and Man-Made Disasters."
Participants will discuss important scientific achievements in military
humanitarian assistance, infectious diseases, medical preparedness and
crisis response. Public health and preventative medicine will also be
topics of discussion.
Winkenwerder feels that the Congress is an opportunity for military medical personnel to enhance both DoD's international prestige and their own professional development.
"As the host of the Congress, it is important that the United States' Military Medical Community be well represented," Winkenwerder said. "I encourage maximum participation of military health care personnel."