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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine

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Introduction

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is located at the National Naval Medical Center. The university was created by the Department of Defense in 1972 to train career medical officers. The establishment of the school was sponsored by the late congressmanF.EdwardHebert,whoseinitiativesecured congressionalapprovalforthecreationoftheUniformed Services University. This is a tuition-free school, whose graduates provide medical services to the military.

Academics

4-year semitraditional. First year: After a 4-week officer orientation program, the introductory basic sciences are taught. In addition, courses are offered in epidemiology and biometrics, human context in health care, military studies and medical history, diagnostic parisitology and medical zoology, medical psychology, and introduction to Clinical Medicine I. Second year: In addition to the advanced basic sciences, courses presented include clinical concepts, preventive medicine, radiographic interpretation, and introduction to Clinical Medicine II. Third year: A48-week period of rotations through the major clinical specialties including family practice. Fourth year: Consists of medical, surgical, and psychiatric selective blocks, neurology, military preventive medicine, contingency and emergency medicine, subinternships, and elective clerkships. Note that since military medicine is in a sense a specialty, its unique hazards must be understood. This is provided by a course entitled Military Medicine Field Studies, offered during the summer following the freshman year. Students spend 1 week in field training exercise followed by a 4-week operational assignment to expose students to a typical real-world military environment, its medical hazards, and the potential intensity of operational exercises. This will better enable them to understand the nature of the environment, its physical and psychological stresses, and the personnel they will be serving in the future.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: Recruitment is sponsored by the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Affairs. For further information, call 800-635-2368, or visit www.usuhs.mil/mao. Other degree programs: PhD and MPH programs are offered.

Admissions

The basic premedical science courses plus 1 semester of calculus and 1 year of college English are required. Selection for admission proceeds along 3 screening phases. The first involves review of theAMCAS application; the second phase mandates submission of supplementary material (an essay on choosing a medical service career and premedical recommendations) and its review; the third phase is the interview. Progress through these phases is competitive and selection is made on a rolling admission basis. Transfer and advanced standing: None.

Students

Letter grades are used for courses and clerkships and Pass/Fail for electives. Both steps of the USMLE must be taken and passed. Teaching: The school is located on the grounds of the Naval Hospital. Four buildings contain faculty offices, classrooms, student multidisciplinary and other laboratories and various support units. Thirteen affiliated hospitals provide clinical teaching facilities. Library: The Learning Resources Center possesses about 75,000 volumes and receives about 1500 medical periodicals. Housing: None available on campus.


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