“The burgeoning field of DM encompasses several disciplines and skills. We strongly recommend a structured curriculum for the field of DM, focused on dignitary wellness, executive health, and protective medicine.”
Mobarak Al Mulhim*
Correspondence to: Mobarak Al MulhimAffiliations
*Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Harvard Medical School, USA.
Email: kfshed [at] gmail.com
Received: 29 December 2019 | Accepted: 30 December 2019
Dignitary Medicine: A Novel Area of Medical Training
Dignitary medicine (DM) involves the provision of healthcare to government leaders and other high-profile individuals collectively referred to as “dignitaries.” Due to the unique circumstances around their lifestyle, dignitaries often receive suboptimal healthcare. We define the requisite skills needed to practice DM based on the available literature and provide a framework for training providers in these skills.
Al Mulhim M A, Darling R G, Kamal H, et al. (October 22, 2019) Dignitary Medicine: A Novel Area of Medical Training. Cureus 11(10): e5962. doi:10.7759/cureus.5962
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AU – Band, Roger
AU – Callaway, David
AU – Connor, Bradley
AU – Haughton, Brian
AU – Mechem, C
PY – 2012/01/05
SP – 1274
EP – 81
T1 – Dignitary medicine: Adapting prehospital, preventive, tactical and travel medicine to new populations
VL – 30
DO – 10.1016/j.ajem.2011.10.019
JO – The American journal of emergency medicine
More Helpful Resources to Learn More About Dignitary Medicine
To learn more, we encourage you to further explore these studies by your peers and the sources and citations mentioned below about ‘Dignitary Medicine’.
- RELATED RESEARCH | DM | DPM | FEBRUARY 2020 – A dignitary medicine curriculum developed using a modified Delphi methodology
- In the PubMed Abstract, they noted … Dignitary Protection Medicine (DPM) is a new area of medical expertise that incorporates elements of virtually all medical and surgical specialties, drawing heavily from travel, tactical and expedition medicine. The fundamentals of DPM stem from the experiences of White House, State Department and other physicians who have traveled extensively with dignitaries. Furthermore, increased international travel of business executives and political dignitaries has mandated a need for proficiency in this realm. We sought to define the requisite knowledge base and skill sets that form the foundation of this new area of specialization.
- On January 5, 2012, Am J Emerg Med., Dignitary medicine: adapting prehospital, preventive, tactical and travel medicine to new populations.
- In 2012, months after this peer-reviewed article was published, the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) writer Bob Keef, published a story called Lawmakers get bounty of benefits.
- One of the most notable statements in Keef’s AJC article was … Members of Congress get free VIP treatment at military hospitals. When Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Coweta County was suffering from kidney stones earlier this year, for instance, he was rushed to Bethesda Naval Hospital — and he probably didn’t have to wait in line at the emergency room. For a nominal fee, senators and representatives can also join the congressional gym, open only to members and former members. One of the most unusual perks may come from the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. For an annual fee of $503, House and Senate members can designate the official congressional physician to be their primary care doctor — meaning they never have to leave Capitol Hill, deal with crowded doctor’s offices or be subject to the same type of care from a doctor as the rest of us. The service is optional, however, and not that popular. Among the 435 members of the U.S. House, only 141 signed up for the service this year.
- Dignitary Medicine: A Novel Area of Medical Training by Mobarak A. Al Mulhim , Robert G. Darling, Hetaf Kamal, Amalia Voskanyan, and Gregory Ciottone notes that … Executive health refers to the general health maintenance of the dignitary, something akin to concierge medicine . DM physicians provide some primary care but may also refer specific health matters to specialists in predesignated medical centers of excellence. The DM physician commonly establishes a “hotline” system by arranging immediate access to the best available specialty services and consultants around the world, with particular attention to medical record security and concierge access.
- The Advisory Board in 2016 published an in-depth series of articles about Concierge Medicine as well. They noted that Concierge models, which allow physicians to slow their pace and offer patients more relationship-based care, are growing. Explore five popular models and strategic, operational, and legal considerations for evaluating what’s right for your medical group. For those who would like to access this Advisory Board research, click here. It’s titled Research: Assessing the Case for Concierge Medicine.
- Here is a helpful chart/diagram (By https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6863586/figure/FIG2/) …
- Additionally, an open source article in SJEM, or the Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine which is an international, peer-reviewed publication made the following available (see link) by Mobarak Al Mulhim et al, 2020;1(1):032.