USU’s F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine believes that a diverse student body provides unparalleled educational benefits to each member of its medical school class. As the leadership academy for the military and national health system, the School of Medicine brings together students across various geographical, educational, racial, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. 

As you take your seat among your fellow classmates, you will find those who come from physician families, others who represent the first generation in their family to attend college, some who are immigrants who have been recently nationalized, and those who have deep roots in their communities. You will be sitting among students who have always wanted to be physicians, others who have impressive research credentials and still others who are coming to medicine after a career elsewhere. 

For all our differences though, the common thread you will find among all of our students is a commitment to serve others; your fellow students have been volunteers with the Peace Corps, educators for Teach for America, builders with Habitat for Humanity, and serving hands for homeless outreaches. They have given back to their communities and are now looking for an opportunity to give back to their nation…and their world. The unique military and medical community that they create generates camaraderie crucial to helping diversity thrive. 

The USU F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine welcomes potential students of all backgrounds to apply; service to the nation is a duty and honor that knows no regional, educational, racial, cultural or socioeconomic boundaries. To learn more, click here.

Contact Information

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3101
Toll Free: (800) 772-1743

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School of Medicine Admissions

 The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine (USU) is situated on the grounds of the world class Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Students at USU represent the amazing diversity of America and come from all geographic, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. USU does not ask for your money— just your service. All students study tuition free and are paid a $70,000 or higher salary to train as future physicians and medical leaders. USU features an extensive year-round curriculum that focuses on medical science, disease prevention, health promotion, and leadership training that is nearly 700 hours longer than those found at other U.S. medical schools.

 So please, check us out. Your journey to military medicine starts here!


Owe Service, Not Money

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Global Force for Good


Campus in the Nation's Capital

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USU is the only tuition free medical school that pays students a salary to attend.

USU graduates practice all over the world, serving humanity's needs.USU is in Bethesda, MD, seven miles from Washington DC.

Training Across the Country


Distinguished Faculty

Faculty and Student

Diversity in Action

Students in Uniform

Students conduct clinical training all across the US.

Former Surgeon General, international scholars, and the best military and civilian educators. One in five USUHS students is a first generation college graduate.


Uniformed Services

Military Medicine

The F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become supremely competent and compassionate physicians, while also offering them the opportunity to serve their country as uniformed men and women. Medical students enter the university as commissioned officers in one of the four uniformed services: Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service. No prior service is required for admission to USU. Upon completion of residency, graduates are promoted to the rank of O-3 and fulfill their seven-year service requirement.

What Will You Do @ USU?

Whether joining the Fighting Docs ice hockey team on their tear across local ice skating rinks, studying with friends in the Learning Resource Center or just hanging out with classmates in the Student Union - there’s something for everyone at USU including more than 40 student-led groups.

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Participate in a university-sponsored club for the arts service or academics.Numerous global service oportunities throughout the curriculum allow students the option to travel, learn, and help others.With thousands of books, journals, and periodicals, a technology lab, and study spaces the LRC is a great place to study.Play alongside award winning athletes on one of USU’s many organized sports teams.
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You can’t beat the location! Live close to the nation’s capital and Bethesda MD while studying a short walk from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the NIH.Kick back and relax or catch up on that project you meant to finish. With 30 days of paid leave annually there’s plenty of time for vacation.USU’s optional sponsor program pairs you with someone who has already completed their first year to help prepare you for yours.Worried about your family? USUHS prides itself on maintaining an inclusive environment for spouses and children and offers many family services. MORE


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