RISING PHYSICIANS PROGRAM
The Rising Physicians Program (RPP) is a mentorship opportunity created by medical students for medical students. RPP serves as a jump off point for the professional career of medical students by giving each student an opportunity to find a mentor who is currently an intern or resident at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The goals of RPP are focused on enabling medical students to succeed while in school and in the future as they begin their clinical careers. Specific goals include: providing first-year medical students with an intern or resident who can help guide them through the pre-clerkship phase with reassurance and perspective, improving the academic performance of medical students by putting them in contact with recent medical school graduates, and fostering the growth of both medical students and interns or residents into mature professionals and leaders in both the healthcare field and the military.
VISITING LOCAL SCHOOLS
USU medical students have the opportunity to volunteer at various high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and undergraduate universities to expose young students to military medicine. They share some of the do’s and don’t’s for preparing and applying to USU, and to medical school in general. USU students speak about their journey to medical school, sharing advice on classes they took and majors they chose and why. Our students have also volunteered at STEM fairs at middle schools where we conducted various science activities such as DNA extractions and listening to heartbeats with a stethoscope. Some of our students also volunteer at local Title 1 schools to help students with reading.
MILITARY MEDICINE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Our Military Medicine Ambassador (MMA) Program communicates the opportunities available to practice medicine as a uniformed physician trained at Uniformed Services University or through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Military Medicine Ambassadors (MMAs) are “field” representatives of military medicine who provide information to interested pre-medical students and medical school applicants about medical school officer accession programs and Uniformed Services University. Anyone who has a sincere interest in military medicine, including pre-medical and medical students, may be enrolled within this program.
One of the goals of this program is for MMAs to develop relationships with pre-medical programs, pre-health advisors, military recruiters, and interested applicants by sharing their personal experiences and knowledge about life as a uniformed physician. Volunteers will be able to participate as their schedules permit, and they will be provided with all the information and training necessary to participate in these activities. MMAs can also utilize this work for their professional resume or curriculum vitae.
Interested in learning more about this program? Check out the Military Medicine Ambassador Handbook. Ready to become an MMA? Register below.