WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that he secured an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring the Department of Defense to enter memoranda of agreements with local or regional higher education institutions that offer degrees in allopathic or osteopathic medicine to establish military treatment facilities as affiliate teaching hospitals.
The Tillis amendment sets the stage for the Department of Defense and Fort Bragg’s Womack Army Medical Center to form a partnership with the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
By sharing training facilities, staffing, and material resources, the new academic affiliations could help improve and sustain operational medical force readiness and serve as productive recruiting grounds for new military physicians.
“North Carolina is uniquely situated to serve as a role model for partnerships between the military and academic medical institutions,” said Senator Tillis. “My amendment could create such a partnership between Fort Bragg and Campbell University, whose combined resources and expertise would provide a holistic care system for our active duty soldiers, reservists and their dependents.”