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Just Getting Started: Orthopedic Surgeon Conducts Innovative Research

As a healthcare professional in the Army, one may qualify for a full tuition scholarship and perform cutting edge research with access to the latest technology.

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Just Getting Started: Orthopedic Surgeon Conducts Innovative Research

As a healthcare professional in the Army, one may qualify for a full tuition scholarship and perform cutting edge research with access to the latest technology.

I’m Daniel Joseph Stinner. I’m a Major in the United States Army healthcare team. I’m an orthopedic trauma surgeon, so I treat patients that have severe extremity injuries and I currently practice in San Antonio, Texas. The main reason I joined the U.S. Army healthcare team was really seeded in my experience at Walter Reed when I was a cadet at West Point. And I think that really just motivated me to pursue a career in medicine that I wanted to try and do what I could to make those people better. So I had the opportunity to do the Health Professions Scholarship Program. It has several benefits. You have the ability to attend any civilian institution for medicine that you want to and your tuition’s covered and as medical students graduate with more and more debt it’s more and more enticing. During the chief year of my residency I had the opportunity to do a medical readiness training mission to Tegucigalpa in Honduras. We brought all of our own equipment. We brought our own surgeons. I was given a lot of opportunity to learn from one of my mentors and I really felt like I was taking the training wheels off. I’ve been a physician now for seven years and a lot of my practice involves limb reconstruction. Taking care of patients with extreme extremity fractures. And there’s no better patient than the combat injured Soldier. It’s very easy to give them a hundred and ten percent because they deserve it and we have great facilities here to return them to their maximum health. One of the benefits of being a U.S. Army healthcare professional is that you’re given the tools to really push the envelope. To do research and to do cutting edge research, we have very cutting edge technology where we use bioluminescent or glow-in-the-dark bacteria and we have special camera-capturing systems that can then take pictures of the wounds and then we test different modalities to see how we can minimize infection in the wounds. On a day-to-day basis we’re learning about different ways we’re treating patients. At this point I’ve contributed and been a co-author on over thirty-five peer-reviewed publications. The whole goal is to continue to advance the way we take care of our patients and really lead the way in patient care. I really feel that I’m just getting started.
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