Information for Incoming Medical Students

Academics

We cannot come close to telling you all there is to know about medical school in a few brief paragraphs. You have to experience life as a student to appreciate. We can, however, provide you with an informal overview of the USU medical school curriculum. We also encourage you to read the student handbook and the USU catalog, where more information on the academic program can be found.

The Med Program by Year page will provide information on the medical education and training you will experience at USU over the next four years.

Internship

Throughout your clerkship year, you will also be working with staff and faculty who will assist you in the process of securing internships and residencies. For the selection of internships following graduation, students request the hospital programs they prefer. Those programs provide their input to the service-specific boards which meet during late fall of the fourth year to make the selections. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Science write the official letter from the school to support your preference. Known as Medical Student Performance Evaluations or Dean's letters these will take into account your entire academic record. The selections are announced following their release by each respective Surgeon's General Office.

Licensing

State licensing is a requirement to practice medicine in the military. To be licensed, physicians must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), a series of four standardized exams. You will take Step 1 (which covers material from the pre-clerkship and clerkship periods) at the end of your clerkship periods. You will take Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS (which cover additional knowledge and skills learned during the clinical clerkships) during the post-clerkship period. After receiving the M.D. degree and upon completion of at least six months of internship, you will take Step 3. Once you have passed all three parts of the exam, you will receive certificates from the National Board of Medical Examiners so that you may pursue registration in the state of your choice.

Affiliated Hospitals

  • USU utilizes community and teaching hospitals throughout the United States:
  • Malcolm Grow United States Air Force Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda,Md.
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir ,Va.
  • Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga.
  • Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas
  • Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Ehrling Bergquist Clinic, 55th Medical Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
  • David Grant United States Air Force Medical Center, 60th Medical Group, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Scott Clinic, 375th Medical Group, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
  • Keesler Medical Center, 81st Medical Group, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
  • Wright-Patterson Medical Center, 88th Medical Group, Dayton, Ohio
  • Eglin Hospital, 96th Medical Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va.
  • Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif.
  • Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif.
  • Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Academic Support

Medical school is challenging, but not impossible. Significant academic support is built into the system from the beginning of the program. The USU Office for Student Affairs works closely with the various academic departments to support your needs during this important phase of your professional development. Further, Student Affairs will work closely with you on an individual basis, offering counseling and practical advice to prepare you to better meet the demands of the curriculum. Finally, students themselves offer excellent support for their fellow students through small group and individual tutoring, note exchanges and study skills tips. While the school seeks to be aware of your needs as quickly as possible, you should be comfortable asking for help as soon as you perceive a need.