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Curriculum: Molecules to Military Medicine

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Molecules to Military Medicine



Module Directors

  • Fundamentals:
    Saibal Dey, Ph.D.
    COL Patrick O'Malley, M.D., MPH
  • Musculoskeletal Integument:
    Stephen Rothwell, Ph.D.
    COL Jeffrey Leggit, M.D.
  • Cardio/Pulmonary/Renal:
    Maj Brian Neubauer, M.D.
    Stephen Davies, B.V.Sc., Ph.D.
  • Neuroscience:
    David Mears, Ph.D.
    LTC Gary Wynn, M.D.
  • GI Tract, Hepatobiliary System, Metabolism & Nutrition:
    David Grahame, Ph.D.
    COL Scott Rehrig, M.D.
  • Reproduction/Endocrinology:
    Thomas Côté, Ph.D.
    COL Louis Dainty, M.D.
  • Multi-Systems/Complex Diseases:
    Louise Teel, Ph.D.
    LtCol Elizabeth Rouse, M.D.
  • Administrative Support for Pre-Clerkship Modules

Pre-Clerkship Period

Please note that future schedules are subject to change!

Pre-Clerkship Calendar Dates Class of 2017

Pre-Clerkship Calendar Dates Class of 2018

Pre-Clerkship Module Descriptions, Goals & Objectives

Pre-Clerkship Module Directors & Liaisons chart

Academic Governance Chart

Clerkship Period

Restructuring of the Clerkship period involved several innovations in our curriculum:

  • Adding new sites for our clerkship rotations and additional spots for students and new faculty

  • Rather than offering the core clerkships in random order, the new curriculum involves pairing clerkships, allowing for the sharing of educational resources and integration of clinical topics. In addition, emphasis is now placed on geographical stability, with the eventual goal of having students complete each 16 week module at a single institution, avoiding disruptions for travel and orientation at each site
  • Adding a Common Passport of experiences and procedures which each student will be expected to master before the end of the core clerkships. The document on horizontal threads in the curriculum shows where in each rotation students will have an opportunity to fulfill the requirements for each item on the passport.
  • Developing a two-week Transition to Clinical Medicine course held between the end of the pre-clerkship period and the beginning of the clerkships
  • Incorporating the QStream spaced education course: an online program designed to enhance student retention of basic science knowledge during the clinical years. A number of pre-clinical and clinical rotations also utilize the Qstream software as an adjunct to the formal curriculum. Participants receive sets of questions through email, smartphones, or other electronic devices. Access to online message boards for each question gives them the ability to engage in on-line conversations about medical topics with both faculty and other students. Questions are developed by USUHS faculty, and include explanations for both correct and incorrect answers. Each question is sent multiple times until it has been answered correctly two times in a row. Repetition and temporal spacing of the questions is believed to increase retention of the information being tested.

Post-Clerkship Period

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.