ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Our medical education program integrates basic science, clinical medicine, and health systems science into a comprehensive curriculum that includes over 500 hours of military-unique training. The Molecules to Military Medicine curriculum also includes specialized training in areas such as leadership and interdisciplinary teamwork, cross-cultural medicine, trauma training, disaster response, and tropical medicine. As reflected by the school’s motto, “Learning to Care for Those in Harm’s Way,” we are dedicated to creating and fostering an environment of learning and investigative curiosity. This, in turn, supports the development of true medical professionalism which helps transform incoming students into competent, caring, and compassionate uniformed services physicians.
We accept both civilians and active duty personnel. Students accepted to the program pay no tuition and commission as officers into one of the four uniformed services before beginning classes. In return, they will complete an active duty service commitment upon graduating: seven years for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and ten years for the Public Health Service.
The pre-clerkship curriculum is presented via an organ-systems based approach, incorporating instruction on military-relevant clinical care and population health. The basic sciences and clinical medicine are integrated in all facets of the curriculum, with clinical skills training and patient care related activities beginning the first week of medical school. Early integration of health systems science into this curriculum allows our students to better appreciate the complex social, environmental, and system-level influences on the health of individual patients and populations.
Regardless of the specialty you choose, clerkships form a foundation for your life as a physician. An effective, confident physician successfully combines the personal qualities of compassion and commitment (duty) with an ever-evolving knowledge base to complement sharpened academic and clinical skills (expertise). Clinical clerkships provide students with an intense opportunity to apply their current fund of knowledge and basic history taking and diagnostic skills to multiple situations and settings.
Post clerkship rotations provide students with opportunities to expand their knowledge of particular subspecialties, work as consultants, and manage patients primarily in the outpatient setting. Much of a clinician's time is spent in office practice and consultation; these electives allow students to experience those aspects of practice as well as expose them to common diseases rarely seen on internal medicine wards. Students learn specialized history taking and examination skills for a particular subspecialty and learn how and when to use diagnostic tools of that specialty. Our Fourth Year Programs include subinternship and elective rotations at military and civilian institutions throughout the world.