Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Graduate Education Programs
MHAP Residency Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find a residency?
- When should I be looking?
- Where are potential residency sites?
- Can the Administrative Residency be combined with a work assignment or subsequent duty station?
- So may I find a residency location not on the list above?
- What if more than one student is interested in the same residency?
- Do I need a current resume?
- How important is the Preceptor?
- Where can I get more information on the Administrative Residency?
How do I find a residency?
Residency sites are selected that offer our residents the opportunity for hands-on involvement in challenging administrative and policy-based issues. Residency sites are selected based on the expectation that the host site management is willing and able to commit the time and resources that our students deserve. You may use existing sites as options if they are willing to take another resident – or – you may suggest sites as well if you have specific interests or know someone who would be willing to be your preceptor. Faculty may also suggest potential sites. All sites must be approved by the Residency Director as meeting the academic standards required for the residency year. Identification of potential sites is the responsibility of the student, but faculty and staff are ready and willing to help! If you have an idea for a residency you might legitimately desire, your first step is to inform the Residency Director so we can get the ball rolling.
Where are potential residency sites?
Residencies may be of the more traditional nature, exploring the operations of hospitals or more policy-focused. The best residency option combines the best of both worlds. Residency opportunities may include government agencies, think-tanks, private, public, or non-profit hospitals, medical group practice management organizations, consulting firms, information systems organizations, managed care organizations, or industry interest groups. Possibilities may include: TRICARE Management Activity; Department of Health and Human Services; Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; US Public Health Service; Logistics Management International; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Department of Veterans Affairs; Intrepid Center; COCOMS; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Public Health Service; Service Surgeons General Offices; Kaiser; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Advisory Board; Center for Naval Analysis; CDHAM; Henry Jackson Foundation; RAND; or Inova Systems.
Can the Administrative Residency be combined with a work assignment or subsequent duty station?
The Administrative Residency may not be combined with a work assignment. The residency is a key academic component of the MHAP and residents remain students while in their residency year. During their residency year there are several required assignments and USUHS seminars that will take residents away from their site. It is possible, on rare occasions, to combine a residency assignment with a follow-on duty station. However, this requires mutual agreement, in advance, from the service detailer and MHAP Director.
So may I find a residency location not on the list above?
Absolutely! In fact, it's encouraged. Having a broader exposure of our program increases the value of the degree and offers excellent networking and research opportunities for the resident and the University.
How important is the Preceptor?
Extremely. Preceptors are carefully selected based on their commitment to, and mutual interests with, the resident. During the residency period, the preceptor serves as the resident's direct supervisor, providing careful oversight, mentoring, and support. The MHAP faculty places a tremendous level of importance on the role of the preceptor and an appropriate preceptor/resident match. Preceptors are making a personal and professional commitment to the student and are selected through a carefully scripted process including interviews with the MHAP Program Director, Residency Director, and faculty members. Preceptors are approved only if they demonstrate the ability to create an environment conducive to creative learning experiences and professional development of the resident. Preceptors are also expected to make the necessary time commitment to serve as a mentor to the resident, involving the resident in daily meetings and activities, meaningful activities, and assisting the resident in the preparation and design of their graduate management project.