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TRADOC Surgeon's Mission Statement

The TRADOC Surgeon serves as the command advisor for all medical matters. Promote the integration of Force Health Protection principles and provide staff supervision over all aspects of healthcare throughout the Command and accessions process. Facilitate and coordinate unit, individual, and leader development medical training curriculum in a disciplined combined arms training environment. Advise on future force medical research development and medical capabilities integration to provide healthy and physically fit Soldiers to support Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN).

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TRADOC Surgeon's Corner

Commanders play a vital role in the health and wellness of Soldiers and therefore must receive Soldiers' protected health information (PHI) from medical providers to make informed decisions about a Soldier's fitness and duty limitations.  There are however, limits to the information providers may release.  The Army must balance a Soldier's right to privacy with mission requirements and the commander's right to know.  When a Soldier seeks medical treatment, there are often questions about what information can and cannot be divulged to Commanders by healthcare providers.  While diagnoses and medications are not required to be reported to Commanders, there is a list of information that is required to be released to commanders.  Commanders must have sufficient information to make informed decisions about fitness and duty limitations.

Commanders and healthcare providers must develop a collaborative relationship, where healthcare providers speak directly to commanders and do not communicate solely through the sick slip.  Commanders must share information with the healthcare provider relating changes in a Soldier’s behavior or other information that may affect a diagnosis or treatment, such as upcoming Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) legal action, Permanent Changes of Station (PCS), Temporary Duty (TDY) or separation.


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