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
Services University. This is a tuition-free school, whose
graduates provide medical services to the military.
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.
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.
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.
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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