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Office of the University Registrar


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Office of the University Registrar
4301 Jones Bridge Road, A1041
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Fourth-Year Clerkship Coordinator

Mrs. Xochilth J. Torres
Fourth-Year Coordinator / Registrar Assistant
Phone: (301) 295-3448
E-mail: xochilth.torres@usuhs.edu

Course Descriptions by Department- Preventive Medicine

USU MS-IV Electives

(Updated Feb 2011)

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics offers electives related to the Preventive Medicine specialties (Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine and General Preventive Medicine/Public Health), as well as an elective in Tropical Medicine. The specialties of preventive medicine focus primarily on the prevention and control of illness and injury in populations, thus a preventive medicine physician's practice often extends beyond the familiar one-on-one patient-physician clinical interaction. In addition to clinical knowledge and skills, preventive medicine requires: the tools of biostatistics and epidemiology; knowledge of the role of environmental, occupational, geographic, and social factors on health; and familiarity with policy, planning, management and evaluation of health services. Preventive medicine is important in the military because of the focus on readiness and force health protection.

The Department's Fourth-Year Clerkship Coordinator is:
LTC James Mancuso
Assistant Professor and Director, Tropical Public Health
(301) 295-3734 or email

PMR4100, Aerospace Medicine
PMR4170, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
PMR4180, Preventive Medicine
PMR4200, Tropical Medicine
PMR4210, Preventive Medicine WRAIR

Course #: PMR4100, Aerospace Medicine
Course Type: C
Department: PMR
Duration: 2-4 weeks
Hours:
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Aerospace medical practitioners serve flyers, passengers, space travelers, air traffic controllers, patients transported by air, maintenance crews, and even mountain climbers and undersea workers. The diverse and expanding opportunities in the field make a career in aerospace medicine attractive for health professionals.

The Army, Navy, and Air Force have aerospace medicine programs and offer opportunities for aerospace medicine medical student training. NASA also offers medical student clerkships on a space available basis. Please contact the clerkship supervisor to learn more about military aerospace medicine and current medical student opportunities.

Grading Criteria: To be determined by the USU and on-site supervisors.

USU Supervisor:
Nicholas Lezama, Col, USAF, MC, SFS
Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
295-6983; email

Course #: PMR4170, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Course Type: C
Department: PMR
Duration:
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Student works in an active military occupational health program at a major military medical center in the National Capital Region (NCR). The student obtains hands-on experience in environmental and occupational medicine activities, to include identification of hazards in the workplace, hazard specific medical surveillance exams, and the evaluation of persons with occupational illness or injury. The student will develop an understanding of the role of prevention in maintaining the health of the workforce. Rotations at other locations may be available. http://www.usuhs.edu/pmb/oem.html

Grading Criteria: To be determined by the USU and on-site supervisors.

Comments: Student must fund transportation and living costs.

Sites: WRMC, NNMC

USU Supervisor:
COL Tim Mallon
Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency
(301) 295-3718; email

Course #: PMR4180, Preventive Medicine
Course Type: C
Department: PMR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Student participates directly in the practice of military preventive medicine and has first-hand exposure to the diverse aspects of preventive medicine and public health in the military. Rotation sites that can be arranged based on the student's Service and interests. http://www.usuhs.edu/pmb/programs.html

Grading Criteria: To be determined by the USU and on-site supervisors.

Comments: Student must fund transportation and living costs if they leave the area.

Sites: OTHER SITES

USU Supervisor:
Col Daniel Burnett, USAF, MC
Director, General Preventive Medicine Residency
295-3719; email

Course #: PMR4200, Tropical Medicine
Course Type: C
Department: PMR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Laboratory, clinical, and/or fieldwork in Tropical Medicine/Tropical Public Health. Clinical experiences vary from outpatient services to inpatient rounds in collaborating hospitals and clinics. Laboratory experiences may be at USUB or at collaborating overseas labs. Clinical emphasis is on diagnosis & treatment of tropical diseases endemic to elective location. Locations vary.

Grading Criteria: To be determined by the USU and on-site supervisors.

Comments: Clerkship must be approved six months in advance of desired date. Students must fund transportation and living costs.

Sites: AFRC, ASIA, CAMR, SAMR, USUB

USU Supervisor:
LTC James Mancuso
Assistant Professor
Tropical Public Health
(301 295-3734; email

Course #: PMR4210, Preventive Medicine WRAIR
Course Type: C
Department: PMR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Student joins Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Preventive Medicine team, assisting in one of the following: outbreak investigation, epidemiologic research, or translation of existing data into a health policy recommendation. Depending on current missions, diseases, and the target population ranges from a small Army community to all deployable forces.

Grading Criteria: Student will brief the Division's residents and staff on work completed. It is important that this reflect a sound scientific approach, which may or may not require extensive analysis of data.

Sites: WRAIR

USU Supervisor:
MAJ Eric Garges
Adjunct Assistant Professor
WRAIR General Preventive Medicine Residency
(301) 319-3069: email