An MDL provides common facilities and personnel to centrally support all student teaching. MDL facilities are designed with maximum flexibility to ensure that most student laboratory teaching can be supported regardless of the discipline. Some advantages of a Multidisciplinary approach include: Faculty members are relieved of much of the Logistical and Administrative responsibilities associated with laboratory teaching, allowing them to pursue academic, research and clinical goals. Utilization of the same facilities and support staff allow University resources to be more effectively and efficiently used. Finally, using centrally based labs allows research labs to be used solely for that purpose.

The MDL at USU is modeled after those at the University of Southern California. The decision to pursue the MDL approach arose from the University's mission of training a unique cadre of military physicians who would practice medicine under a wide variety of conditions - including military field exercises.




4301 Jones Bridge Road, A2035
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Phone: (301) 295-3301



The MDL staff is primarily responsible for the coordination and support of student teaching. This support is provided to faculty and students through five distinct support areas which include:

Student Laboratory Support

  • Full Logistical and Technical support of student teaching

Anatomical Teaching Support

  • Full Instructional support of the Anatomical Sciences

Classroom Support

  • Centralized scheduling of classrooms and conference rooms
  • AV Technical support of classroom teaching and conferences
  • Temporary loan of audiovisual equipment

Student Support

  • Issue of instructional materials to students

Examination Grading Support

  • Computer-based grading of exams and statistical test analysis
  • Support of computerized testing development and implementation



The procedure for donating a body is simple and involves the proper execution and distribution of Anatomical Gift Program forms. The forms, properly signed in the presence of witnesses, satisfy all requirements of the law governing anatomical gifts. Even if donors include a section concerning disposition of their body or refer to these documents in a Last Will and Testament, the forms should still be used. These forms are more likely to receive immediate attention after death.

If you would like additional information or have special needs, please contact:
(301) 295-3301 Weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For emergencies or Imminent Donation, contact:
(301) 295-3333 24hrs/day