USU is the home of the National Capital Consortium (NCC). The NCC is the sponsoring institution for all military GME in the National Capital Region. The NCC is the largest sponsor of Graduate Medical Education for the Military Health System, educating physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals who care for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines of all ages, and their families. The NCC provides a scholarly environment and is dedicated to excellence in both education and healthcare. The NCC is dedicated to instilling in trainees the ethical values and standards expected of those devoting their lives to public service.

The NCC includes USU and WRNMMC, as well as the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic, Joint Base Andrews, MD, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in immediate proximity to the Bethesda campus, and numerous reciprocal clinical and educational opportunities are available to fellows.

Currently the NCC sponsors 66 programs with ~700 trainees. All programs and the institution are fully accredited. For the last academic year, the NCC had a 98% Board Certification pass rate for first time board takers. In addition, the 528 key clinical faculty had 431 publications, 1127 conference presentations and 144 book chapters published. The residents/fellows had 188 publications; 826 conference presentations and 42 book chapters published.

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Chemical Biological Incident Force (CBIRF)
  • Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM)
  • Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC)
  • Defense Research and Development Canada
  • U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC)
  • Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC)
  • Naval Aviation Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  • Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI)
  • Local Universities (GWU, Johns Hopkins U.)





residency and fellowship programs


Board Certification pass rate for first time board takers




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NCC Fellowships & Residencies

Faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics has years of experience in areas such as force health protection, epidemiologic surveillance using DoD systems, field epidemiology, and an understanding of the unique population that includes Active Duty service members, Guard and Reserve, family members, and retirees, giving students a unique perspective on Preventative Medicine before leaving the classroom.

NCC Resources


Board of Directors

Authur Kellermann, MD, MPH, Professor and Dean, School of Medicine, USU

Mark A. Kobelja, CAPT, MC, USN, Director, WRNMMC

Rodney S. Gonzalez, COL, MC, USA, Interim Director, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Vito Smyth, Col, USAF, MSC, Commander, 11th Medical Group, Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic and Surgery Center

Administrative Office

Jerri Curtis, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret), Executive Director & DIO, NCC, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, School of Medicine, USU

Kimberly Hickey, LTC, MC, USA, Deputy Director

Barton "Butch" Welbourn, DDS, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, USU

Executive Committee

Jerri Curtis, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret), Designated Institutional Official, Executive Director

Kimberly Hickey, LTC, Deputy Director

Clifton Yu, COL, MC, USA, Director, Medical Education (DME), WRNMMC

Kerry Latham, Lt Col, USAF, MC, Director of Medical Education, MGMC

Robert E. Manaker, MD, Chief, Graduate Medical Education, FBCH