Adam K Saperstein


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Director, Reflective Practice (SOM and GSN)
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Medical Student Research
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2007-2008: Faculty Development Fellowship, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC.
2001-2003: Resident, Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency, Naval Hospital Bremerton, Bremerton, WA.
2000-2001: Intern, Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency, Naval Hospital Bremerton, Bremerton, WA.
1996-2000: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
1992-1996: Bachelor of Science (BS), Oceanography (Honors Track), United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.


Dr. Saperstein is a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and the Director of the Reflective Practice Curriculum in the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University. His research interests include the use of innovative curricular design, to include curricula that offer learners an authentic view through the lens of their community and the use of technology in medical education.

Dr. Saperstein was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, and Spain. Although not part of a military family when a child, the frequent moves seemed to suit him, and contributed to his joining the Navy “to see the world” at 17. Dr. Saperstein is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Tulane University Medical School, Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency at Naval Hospital, Bremerton, and the Faculty Development Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to arriving at USUHS in 2012, his tours of duty included serving at Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan; Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL; and Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy. He is the Director of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians’ Mentorship program, co-Director of the Wounded Warrior Partnership, and Faculty Lead for the Apollo Society (a group dedicated to sharing the arts in the healthcare community). His interests include hitting the pitch for a game of futbol, live theater, and reading fiction.

Research Interests: Use of Innovative Technology as Educational Tools, Reflective Practice, Mentorship

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments


Saperstein AK. Unwinnable Hands. Family Medicine. 2017;49(1):64-5

Saperstein AK, Lennon RP, Olsen C, Womble L, Saguil A. Information Retention among Attendees at a Traditional Poster Presentation Session. Acta Medica Academica. 2016;45(2):180-181.

D’Angelo MR, Saperstein AK, Seibert DC, Durning SJ, Varpio L. Military Interprofessional Health Care Teams: How USU Is Working to Harness the Power of Collaboration. Military Medicine. 2016;181:1404-1406.

Saperstein AK, Bader KS. Reflective Practice Curricula: Implementation and Facilitation. STFM Messenger ( June 2016.

Saperstein AK, Lilje T, Seibert D. A model for teaching reflective practice. Military Medicine. 2015;180(4 Suppl):142-146.

Saperstein AK, Ledford CJ, Servey J, Cafferty LA, McClintick SH, Bernstein E. Microblog use and student engagement in the large-classroom setting. Family Medicine. 2015;47(3):204-209.

Ledford CJW, Saperstein AK, Cafferty LA, McClintick SH, Bernstein EM. Any questions? An application of Weick's model of organizing to increase student involvement in the large-lecture classroom. Communication Teacher. 2015;29(2):116-128.

Saperstein AK, Viera AJ, Firnhaber GC. Mentorship and job satisfaction among Navy family physicians. Military medicine. 2012;177(8):883-888.