Contact Information

Department of Family Medicine


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Family Medicine
4301 Jones Bridge Road, C1094
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Family Medicine Post-Core/4th Year Rotations


Formal (sponsored) fourth-year/post-core clerkship rotations in Family Medicine

In addition, the Department of Family Medicine sponsors and collaborates with other departments to support student developed electives in a number of fields including:

  • Humanitarian medicine
  • Tropical medicine
  • Rural medicine
  • Operational medicine
  • Wilderness medicine

For details on any of the above rotations, please click on the rotation title

Points of contact for overseas Family Medicine rotations


Can I establish a new rotation?

Absolutely! If you are interested in establishing a new rotation, e-mail Dr. Saperstein to discuss details, including the goals and objectives, location, and duration of the rotation. Once there is concurrence that this is a value added experience, proceed to the "setting up your rotation" section below.


Setting up your rotation(s): Step by Step

Thank you for your interest in participating in a USU Family Medicine 4th year elective rotation. This step-by-step guide will help you complete the process. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Simon Auster for more information.

Step 1: Select the rotation you want to complete and find a location where the rotation is offered. If the course is already in the USUHS catalog, skip to step 5.

Step 2: If the course is not in the catalog, contact Ms. Jennifer Nuetzi-James in the Agreements Office to determine whether a memorandum of understanding (MOU) exists between USUHS and the location for your rotation. If it does, skip to step 5 (yeah!)

Step 3: If an MOU does not currently exist, contact Dr. Simon Auster and Ms. Jennifer Nuetzi-James with the following information to establish the MOU. Please note: establishing an MOU can take weeks. Please start this process promptly to avoid last minute problems.

  • The complete name and address of the medical facility for your rotation
  • The full name and title of signatory for the MOU at that facility (this is often the Commanding Officer at military facilities, but can also be his or her designee)
  • The agreements coordinator (if there is one) for that facility

Step 4: Once the MOU is in place, we need to establish a rotation and course number for the rotation. To do this, you need to e-mail Dr. Simon Auster with the following information:

  • Your rotation preceptor's full name and title
  • The dates of your rotation
  • A brief statement of the purpose of the training (i.e., the experiences you will have and goals you hope to achieve during the rotation).
  • Whether the rotation is a clerkship or sub-internship.

Step 5: Once both an MOU is in place and a course number has been assigned, complete the top portion of USU Form 1304 and send an electronic or scanned copy to your site preceptor.

Step 6: After the USU Form 1304 is signed by your site preceptor, take a copy to the department of student affairs, obtain their signature, and give/e-mail a copy to Ms. Xochilth Torres and Dr. Simon Auster.