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AMEDD College Tour Gives Students a Glimpse into Unique Careers in Army Medicine

Jun 7, 2016

This spring, nursing students at New York University and Fairleigh Dickinson University heard Lieutenant Colonel Tim Adams, CRNA, DNP, speak about his eight years of experience in anesthesiology at Tripler Medical Center in Honolulu, duty assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the time he spent providing care in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Adams, CRNA, DNP, a U.S. Army anesthetic nurse, spoke with nursing students at New York University during a stop on the AMEDD College Tour.

The U.S. Army Medical Department’s (AMEDD) College Tour is designed to raise awareness of the unique opportunities a healthcare career within Army Medicine can offer undergraduate and graduate students. This spring the tour visited two East Coast universities where students had the chance to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective about a medical career in the Army from a U.S. Army nurse anesthetist. 

As a U.S. Army officer and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist on the U.S. Army healthcare team, Lieutenant Colonel Adams discussed the intersection of his military and medical careers, patient care and the benefits and opportunities of choosing the Army as a career, including the Health Professions Scholarship Program, a competitive scholarship that pays tuition and a stipend to those who are pursuing a healthcare career in the Army.

Dr. Sylvia Colon Cabassa, associate director of undergraduate nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, invited Lieutenant Colonel Adams to speak to her senior nursing students. As an AMEDD Nurse Corps veteran, Dr. Cabassa knows first-hand the benefits that a career in the military can offer young people pursuing futures in the healthcare field.

Additional 2016 College Tour events included the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California Berkeley. Three additional tours will take place this fall to continue to provide a behind-the-scenes look at careers in Army Medicine and to raise awareness of medical-related opportunities and incentives offered by the Army. To learn more about opportunities with the U.S. Army Medical Department, visit

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Weisgram, MSN, APRN, CCNS, CCRN-K, discusses career paths with Health Occupations Students of America members at the University of Texas at Austin.

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