Long-Term Career Outcome Study

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Long-Term Career Outcome Study

History and Overview

The Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS) was established in response to a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) recommendation to collect institutional outcomes data. The multi-departmental LTCOS team seeks to provide a model of educational epidemiology whereby educational processes can be linked to long-term educational and patient-care outcomes.  



The LTCOS will be the premier provider of programmatic evaluation and health professions education scholarship in the Military Health System (MHS) and the United States. It will support the University’s Masters and PhD in Health Professions Education by providing graduate students with the opportunity to participate in collaborative research on educational issues relevant to the MHS.  The LTCOS collaboration has the capability of becoming a medical education Framingham Study. 


LTCOS Primary Missions

  1. Program Evaluation to Support Accreditation: We conduct diverse program evaluations in order to generate evidence-based evaluations of USU’s efforts in meeting its educational objectives, especially those for accreditation purposes.  
  2. Translation of Educational Research Findings into Practice: Support the translation of research in health professions education into improved practices and policies within USU’s medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate programs in biomedical sciences and public health, residencies, and beyond (e.g., inform admissions and instruction strategies). LTCOS findings serve to inform key stakeholders both inside and outside of USU. 
  3. Leadership in Health Professions Scholarship: Generate scientific knowledge that establishes USU as a local, national, and international leader in the field of health professions education (e.g., peer-reviewed publications and extramural grant funding).  


For questions or additional details, please contact Steven J. Durning, MD, PhD, FACP, steven.durning@usuhs.edu.


Special Editions

The LTCOS has published two special editions in Military Medicine in September 2012 and in April 2015