Contact Information

Department of Family Medicine


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Family Medicine
4301 Jones Bridge Road, A1038
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Student Programs

The Department of Family Medicine at USU offers students a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical experiences throughout all four years of instruction.

Pre-clinical years:

Faculty pursue mentoring roles with students by participating in the Human Context of Health care Course, Clinical Pathology, Introduction to Clinical Medicine I-III, and the Bushmaster/Kirkeshner exercise. The Family Medicine Interest Group also provides a forum for pre-clinical students to be exposed to the specialty of family medicine.

Human Context in Health Care:

This course is designed to introduce the clinical approach in health care through readings, panel presentations, and discussion groups. It examines the role of context-the individual life experience, beliefs and values-of both physician and patient in determining the quality of care provided, demonstrating how these factors influence care independently of the nature of the patient's illness and the specialty of the physician. Presentations emphasize the crucial role of the physician's self-awareness in facilitating effective patient care.