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SAUSHEC is one of two major Department of Defense (DoD) multi-service graduate health education platforms; the other is National Capital Consortium (NCC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. SAUSHEC is the second largest DoD physician graduate medical education (GME) platform, largest for the Air Force, and it is the largest DoD site for Graduate Allied Health Education (GAHE). SAUSHEC hosts the training of over 700 U.S. military officers in 36 Graduate Medical Education (GME) and 24 Graduate Allied Health Education (GAHE) specialty programs. Its graduates are prepared to lead in serving the medical needs of the U.S. military across the globe. SAUSHEC falls under the command structure of the San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS), with Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the 59th Medical Wing’s Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC) functioning as the two primary training sites.
Vision: Graduating military medical leaders to ensure a ready force anywhere
Accreditation and Compliance – All programs are nationally accredited
Readiness – All programs are focused on graduates prepared for the military mission
Leadership Development – A major emphasis as our graduates lead at 1st duty station
Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QIPS) – Mindset of continuous improvement
Scholarship – Research focus with support for conference presentations & publications
Well-being – Multiple institutional resources to enhance resilience and reduce burnout
Dr. Mark W. True is the Dean, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in San Antonio, Texas. SAUSHEC falls under the command structure of the San Antonio Military Health System, with Brooke Army Medical Center and the 59th Medical Wing’s Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center functioning as the two primary training sites. As the Dean, Dr. True serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) of SAUSHEC, the educational Sponsoring Institution that oversees the training of over 700 U.S. military officers in 36 Graduate Medical Education (GME) and 24 Graduate Allied Health Education (GAHE) specialty programs. SAUSHEC prepares its graduates to lead in serving the medical needs of the U.S. military across the globe. As a practicing physician, Dr. True holds dual board certifications in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, and he has served on multiple national academic committees, to include the chair of the Endocrine Society’s Clinical Endocrine Education Committee from 2018-2021. In 2016-2018, he served as chair of the national endocrinology in-training examination, which is administered to over 600 endocrinology fellows annually. Dr. True has published over 30 peer-reviewed medical journal articles and delivered over 80 conference presentations, primarily in the realm of diabetes care, physician leadership training and, more recently, the national importance of military graduate medical education.
Dr. True is a retired Air Force Colonel. He was commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy (1987-1991). He served as a regular Air Force officer for five years as an electrical engineer in support of Air Force Space Command’s space launch and missile testing program. Dr. True received his medical education through the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland (1996-2000), completed a military residency in Internal Medicine at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, California (2000-2003) and fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at SAUSHEC (2003-2005). In 2006, he deployed to Sather Air Base, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served as a staff endocrinologist, teaching faculty, flight commander and clinical service chief, founding director of the Air Force Diabetes Center of Excellence, president of the Society of Uniformed Endocrinologists, consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for endocrinology, program director for the SAUSHEC Endocrinology Fellowship, Director of Graduate Medical Education for the 59th Medical Wing, and Associate Dean for Air Force Graduate Medical Education at SAUSHEC. He entered federal civilian service as the SAUSHEC Dean after his active duty retirement in 2019.
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