Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Please note that future schedules are subject to change!
Restructuring of the Clerkship period involved several innovations in our curriculum:
The major objectives of the post-clerkship period are to prepare students for graduate medical education (residency) and to advance clinical decision making skills as students move from being able to report medical information to being able to interpret information in the interest of managing patient care (RIME model of medical education). Exciting developments include:
Bench to Bedside and Beyond. This 6-week period of instruction challenges students by incorporating advanced clinical and basic science concepts in a variety of formats and learning modalities, with an emphasis on small group learning. ACLS and ATLS training and certification are included as part of the curriculum. The final week features a realistic field exercise to reinforce the education of medical students in basic military, medical and leadership skills.
Capstone Project. A cohort of students in the Class of 2015 have been selected as the first group to perform a longitudinal project of advanced scientific inquiry. These projects will include basic (bench) research, clinical projects, performance improvement projects, operational studies and other public health projects. New projects proposed by the class of 2015 will be considered on an individual basis, and planning has begun for the Class of 2016. As the classes progress through the curriculum, the program will expand to add an increasing number of students each year. It is anticipated that eventually all students will complete a Capstone project before graduation.
Advanced Electives. Students will continue to have opportunities to participate in advanced elective opportunities to further explore areas of medicine where they intend to practice.
Required Elements. Students will be required to perform one sub-internship in a surgical discipline (e.g. General Surgery; Ob/Gyn; Orthopedics, Urology, ENT) and one in a medical discipline (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics). Students will also be required to complete an elective in a surgical discipline and a medical discipline (making a total of four blocks between sub-I/elective in medical/surgical experiences). Students are also encouraged to complete an elective in behavioral health.
Assessment Guiding Principles (Fall 2011)
Dean's Policy Memorandum on Grading, Class of 2015 (11 Aug 2011)
Dean's Policy Memorandum on Grading, Class of 2016 (03 Oct 2012)