A UC Davis Health resident has been selected to participate in a specialized conference hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Defense that exposes a select group of civilian leaders to military service.
Joseph Kim, in his second year of the combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residency training program, is among 30 people who will take part in the Secretary of Defense's Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference from April 14-17, 2019.
The so-called mini conference is modeled after the larger Joint Civilian Orientation Course, which is the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the Department of Defense, and the only outreach program sponsored by the Secretary of Defense.
The goal of the program is to learn about the strength and readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces through the personal observation of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard operations; gain a better understanding of the rewards of military service; and hear about national defense policies and programs from military leaders.
Kim, a Sacramento native and 2017 UC Davis School of Medicine graduate, said he was “very surprised” at being selected.
“I feel incredibly honored, not only as what seems to be the first representative from UC Davis, but also by the fact that only 30 nominees are selected from applicants nationwide,” he said.
Participants initially gather in Washington D.C. and will visit the Pentagon and military medical installations to engage with senior defense officials. Past conferences included participating in military exercises with the U.S. Army Special Forces, aircraft simulation training and launch boat demonstrations.
Nominees are typically private sector civilians who are influential leaders in their professions, organizations and communities. The upcoming conference is specifically for medical/health care professionals who are entry-to-mid level in their careers, and medical/health care students and trainees who have a graduation date of May 2020 or earlier, according to the program’s website.