Testimonials from the Letterman Institute

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences put together this great video.  It’s a window into what we do as a museum, an institute and as a partner with the military medical community.

“Thank you for your work with Federal healthcare professionals.  Your efforts, both directly and indirectly have proven indispensable to those military officers in harm’s way and those leading Federal treatment facilities in garrison who are fighting one common cause – the global war on terrorism.  You are making better, stronger, and more confident leaders of us all.”

“…your timely lecture provide and in-depth understanding of the significant improvements made in military medicine during the Civil War and how those improvements form the basis of current field military medical care.”

“It was a great day and I learned a lot about what true leadership can be. The fact that our classroom was a battlefield made the lessons even more vivid to those of us in a military organization. Now the challenge is take what I’ve learned and start to seriously think about my leadership style and how I can be a more effective leader. Can’t wait for the second class.”

“Often we overlook or misunderstand decisions that are made by others. To have the ability to review and understand mission critical decisions that have been made/not made in the past can only lead to opening our minds to alternate courses of action as we ourselves make decisions/take guidance.”

“…this was a very well organized activity and the information was incredible.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course and how the facilitator descriptions made you feel actively participating in the events of that period. During many points of the narrative provided by the facilitator, I began to wonder who had actually won the war. This occurred because he made the South’s strategy and battle wins turn to project total victory. It was awesome as the youngsters would say.”

“The presenter was amazing!”

“Excellent. Waiting for Part II”

“Can’t wait for the next one.”

“I enjoy and look forward to each course.”

“I went into this without knowing if I would get any benefit and came out with more knowledge for future uses.”

“Outstanding experience…applicable to daily current operations.”

“Appreciate this superb experience.”



Government Clients

1st Area Medical Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds
202 (M) Field Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps, Great Britain
302 Signal Battalion
6th MLMC, Fort Detrick
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center
Army National Guard Medical Team
Army War College
Department of Defense Virtual Military Health Institute
DeWitt Medical Center
Executive Protection Detail Drug Enforcement Administration
Fort Belvoir
Fort Meade Dental Corps
Fort Meade Medical Officers
Global Encoded Teleradiology / Telemedicine Network
Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives
Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute
National Defense University, Fort McNair
National Intelligence Agency
National Security Agency
North Atlantic Regional Medical Command
Office of Personnel Management, Presidential Management Fellows
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
US Air Force 78th Medical Group
US Army 114th Signal Battalion
US Army 21st Signal Brigade
US Army 3rd Infantry Honor Guard (“The Old Guard”)
US Army Acquisition Corps, MC4
US Army Health Facility Planning Agency
US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick
US Army Intelligence, Fort Meade
US Army Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4)
US Army Medical Department Center and School
US Army Medical Department Regiment
US Army Medical Materiel Agency
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick
US Army North Atlantic Regional Dental Command
US Army Staff College
US Army War College
US Marine Corps 2nd Medical Battalion
US Marshall Service
US Navy Directorate of Dental Services
US Public Health Service

Business and Organizational Clients

Association for Operating Room Nurses
Carlisle Regional Medical Center
Civil War Preservation Trust Educators Conference
Frederick County Health Dept.
Frederick County Medical Society
Leadership Frederick County
Lutheran Hospital Nurses Alumni
Maryland Nurses Association
National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
PA Association of Nurses
Society for Military Historians
Southern Orthopedic Association
Springfield Illinois Bicentennial Commission
Western MD Veterinary Association

*This list represents many of the Museum’s clients; however, it is not


Vistage International  vistage_logo

We are proud to say that Executive Director George Wunderlich is part of the Vistage Speaking Bureau.  Vistage is a group of top level executives from

From Vistage around the world.  They have found great value and insight for their corporations in our Letterman Institute Program.  The Letterman Institute and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine are now a valued resource in corporate training – specifically in leadership, team building and problem solving.

Value to Members: The greatest story you’ve never heard.  This highly participatory session is led by a master story teller who transports you back in time into the shoes of Dr. Jonathan Letterman – a man who changed history.  These historic lessons will enlighten your understanding of mission and what is required to support that mission.  Participants will leave with a renewed energy and a complete set of tools needed to re-write their own organizations history. 

Title: Just what the doctor ordered – a shot in the arm for your mission

Introduction: Over a century ago a Civil War doctor reached across time and touched your life…and you probably never heard his name.   His innovation brought us the modern emergency room, the modern ambulance and made today’s 911 system possible.  He did it all with a simple prescription: every organizational mission needs a healthy foundation of sub-missions. Learning the concepts of mission, sub-mission and personal submission as the foundation helps you fulfill all of your organizational goals.  This method saves lives every day and it can help your organization survive the daily battlefield of business. 

Biography:  George Wunderlich is the Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and founder of the Letterman Institute. A natural born storyteller, he draws on his experiences as a corporate executive, police office, firefighter, banjo maker, historian and entrepreneur to enlighten and entertain.  His leadership programs have been used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service and Veteran’s Administration since 2004.  In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit by the Army Surgeon General for his work.  George can be regularly seen on PBS, History and National Geographic networks covering topics from ballistics to religion.