Military Medicine is not a medical specialty in the traditional sense. It is a discipline, where “discipline” can be defined as a branch of medical knowledge and skills to which much time and effort is devoted. Military Medicine is also not a course in the traditional sense. It is an integrated curricular cable woven throughout the School of Medicine curriculum in order to prepare graduates to be skilled and effective medical officers in even the most challenging, stressful, and high-stakes environments faced by the Military Health System (MHS) and Public Health Service (PHS). In both traditional classroom and unique field experiences, USU students acquire the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes they need to medically support troops and other professionals deploying for a wide variety of combat and non-combat military and non-military operations and to be ready to respond to concentrated and dispersed contingencies and crises across the globe far into the future.
The Department of Military & Emergency Medicine is the responsible entity for most educational content in three of the subdisciplines of Military Medicine: Military Field Medicine (MFM); Military Medical Practice (MMP); and Military Medical Leadership (MML). Students receive grades in the foundational curriculum and the advanced curriculum. The department is also responsible for coordinating required and elective clinical rotations in the specialty of emergency medicine. These total to more than 700 hours of student contact. Students in the School of Medicine must pass all components of the Military Medicine and Emergency Medicine curricula to graduate.