Mission and Vision Statement

Medical Program by Year

First Year

Before matriculating into the School of Medicine, students without any prior service experience must attend service-specific orientation programs. Orientation is conducted at the following locations:

  • Army: U.S. Army Academy of the Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
  • Navy: Officer Indoctrination School at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Air Force: Commissioned Officer Training Course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex Montgomery, Alabama
  • U.S. Public Health Service: Department of Health and Human Services Rockville, Maryland

Students report to the School of Medicine campus after completing their service-specific orientations. The University brigade orientation begins the second week of August. During this time, the administrative requirements for registering students with the university and local military are completed. Academic orientation begins the third week of August. During this time, students learn about the medical education program. Students undergo a 40 week program devoted to the basic biomedical sciences, the psychosocial aspects of health and disease, and an introduction to military medicine and patient care techniques, during their first year of study.

Each one-course credit involves approximately 22 hours of course contact.

First-year Courses
Course # | CR Hours


BC01001 | 9

Clinical Head, Neck and Functional Neuroscience

AT01022 | 11

Diagnostic Parasitology and Medical Zoology

PM01002 | 2

Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biometrics

PM01001 | 3

Human Context in Healthcare

FP01001 | 3

Introduction to Clinical Medicine

ID01004 | 3

Introduction to Structure and Function

AT01020 | 10

Medical Psychology

MP01001 | 2

Military Studies and Medical History

MM01001 | 7

Military Medical Field Studies (Summer)

MM01002 | 6

Structure and Function of Systems

AT01024 | 11

Second Year

The second year involves 35 weeks of instruction in which courses continue to emphasize the basic sciences (pathology, pharmacology and microbiology) as well as the psychosocial aspects of disease, patient care techniques and military medicine.

During the second year, emphasis is also given to preparing for the third-year clerkships by integrating the basic sciences with diagnosis of clinical problems and their management. Students have a three-week period for review before taking step one of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Second-year Courses
Course # | CR Hours

Introduction to Clinical Reasoning

ID02001 | 7

Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects of Medical Care

ID02102 | 2

Human Behavior

PS02001 | 4

Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

PS02001 | 3

Introduction to Clinical Medicine III

IDO2111 | 6

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

MC02001 | 10

Military Studies II

MM02002 | 2


PA02001 | 12


PH02101 | 9

Preventive Medicine

PM02001 | 3

Radiographic Interpretation

RD02001 | 1

Third Year

Students engage in 48 weeks of required clinical clerkships in family practice, medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery.

Leave periods are provided in December and late June.

Third-year Courses
Course # | CR Hours | Duration (wk)

Family Practice

FP03001 | 8 | 6


MD03001 | 16 | 12

Obstetrics and Gynecology

OB03001 | 8 | 6


PD03001 |8 | 6


PS03001 | 8 | 6


SU03001 | 16 | 12

Fourth Year

Following one week of instruction in Military Preventive Medicine, students have 40 weeks of required clerkships and electives, including a required four weeks in both Military Contingency Medicine and Military Emergency Medicine.

Leave periods are scheduled for late December and April. Students graduate in May. Step two of the USMLE is taken in the fourth year.

Fourth-year Clerkships
Course # | CR Hours | Duration (wk)

Military Preventive Medicine

PM04001 | 1 | 1

Military Contingency Medicine

MM04001 | 6 | 4

Military Emergency Medicine

MM04002 | 6 | 4


NE04001 | 6 | 4


--------- | 15 | 8

Medical Selective Block
(chosen from Internal Medicine,
Pediatrics, Family Practice, Radiology,
Dermatology, Preventive Medicine)

--------- | --- | 8

Surgical Selective Block
(chosen from General Surgery,
Surgical Subspecialties,
Anesthesiology, Obstetrics/Gynecology)

--------- | --- | 8

Behavioral Sciences Selective Block

--------- | --- | 4

Elective Clerkships

--------- | --- | 4