Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
26 June 2018; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
“The Tennessee State Medical Examiner”
CAPT/Dr. Julia C. Goodin, MD, MPA, USN
Tennessee State Chief Medical Examiner
Middle TN Chapter Member
CAPT (Ret.) Julia Goodin began her Navy career as a direct commissioned lieutenant in 1985. She was promoted to captain in 2001. Her assignments have included Ancillary Service Department Head for then Fleet Hospital Dallas, Pathologists for OHSU Great Lakes and OHSU Dallas and served as the Officer-In-Charge of Detachment D & H of OHSU Dallas, now EMF Dallas One, for ten years before taking her final position as the Executive Medical Officer for Operations Support Hospital Unit, Pensacola, FL. After serving 26 years in the Navy Reserves, she retired in 2014.
In December of 2015 the Tennessee Department of Health announced the appointment of Dr. Goodin to serve as state chief medical examiner.
She is a native of Kentucky and received her Medical Degree from the University of Kentucky School Of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky, completed her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and completed her fellowship training in Forensic Pathology at the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s Office in 1988. She remained in Baltimore as an Assistant State Medical Examiner for the Office of the Maryland State Medical Examiner for two years before returning to Nashville to serve as the Tennessee Deputy State Medical Examiner. In 1994 she became an Assistant State Medical Investigator for New Mexico and an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico College Medicine, Albuquerque. In 1996 she served as an Assistant State Medical Examiner for Alabama in the Mobile regional office and as an Assistant Professor at the University Of South Alabama College Of Medicine. In December of 1999 she was appointed as the Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner and served in that position for 16 years. During those years she organized the central office, hired the staff and oversaw the construction of a new facility which eventually provided the majority of the autopsy service to the counties. She served on the clinical faculty for both the University of Iowa Medical School and Des Moines University.
She is a fellow in both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and has served two terms as a board member for both organizations. She is also a member of the Iowa Medical Society and served one term on the board of directors. She is a member of the Polk County Medical Society and the American Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). She is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association. She completed her Masters of Public Administration at Drake University in December 2015.
She has performed more than four thousand autopsies and has testified as an expert witness more than 125 times in several states. She has published in the areas of and is specifically interested in sudden cardiac deaths and classifying manner of death.
MTC President's Message
9 June 2018
We had a great program in May. Sean Henry, President of the Nashville Predators was outstanding. He is full of energy and great ideas on leadership. Without a doubt his influence is the driving force in the success of the franchise and has been instrumental in creating the great work culture of the Predators organization. They are a team from top to the bottom.
One plug for our programs: The Board works very hard to book good and interesting speakers to make it worth your effort to take the time out of your busy schedules to attend our meetings. We have been able to bring in some outstanding and topically interesting speakers and it's disappointing when we have a small number of members attend. So please mark your calendars and make every effort to attend if possible. This will help us continue to get good speakers and meet our obligations to Old Natchez Country Club on the food.
We will be supporting the Operation Stand Down Heroes Breakfast on September 14th at the Music City Center. We have one table reserved for 10 seats, but it is filling up fast. Tickets are $100 dollars. If you are interested, please contact me and I will put your name on the list.
Important changes coming to TRICARE: Some of you may be aware of the Defense Heath Agency’s TRICARE Retiree Dental Program will be ending 31 December, 2018. The replacement program will be for dental and vision offered through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), which is managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The plan is open to retirees as well as active duty service men and women if they are enrolled in the TRICARE health plan. NO action is required yet, but you will need to mark your calendar for November 12th through December 10th. That will be the open season for enrollment for 2019. You must enroll during the open season. There will be 10 dental and 4 vision carriers to choose from with some plans offering both high and standard plans. Plan details and rates for the 2019 plan year will be available in October 2018. For more information go to TRICARE.BENEFEDS.COM
President Trump signed the VA Mission Act this week. The legislation directs the VA to combine several existing private-care programs, including the Choice program. This legislation will provide more funding, more access to the private health care sector and pay for more staff recruitment to mention a few things. More information is available at https://militarybenefits.info/va-mission-act/
This month we will meet on the 26th at Old Natchez Country Club for our regular meeting. Our scheduled speaker is Dr. Julia C. Goodin, The Tennessee State Medical Examiner. It promises to be a very interesting program.
Look forward to seeing everyone,
Middle TN Chapter, MOAA
Memorial Day Ceremony
McCrory Lane State Veterans Cemetery
26 May 2018
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2018 membership year: