“America’s Medical School”
Among the 141 accredited allopathic medical schools in the United States, only the School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) can rightfully claim the title, “America’s Medical School.” Named for the Louisiana Congressman who championed its creation, the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at USU was established in 1972 to assure that the Army, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Public Health Service would have a steady supply of physician-leaders to provide the backbone for their medical corps.
Every medical student who enrolls at USU — whether entering straight out of college or following years of military service — is commissioned an officer in one of the School’s four sponsoring services. USU’s “Molecules to Military Medicine” curriculum is crafted to cover the same scientific concepts and clinical skills that civilian med students learn, and much more. Unlike other medical students, USU students receive more than 700 additional hours of supplemental training in military medicine, tropical diseases, combat casualty care, humanitarian assistance, ethics and other military-relevant topics and skills. Because we are the leadership academy of the military health system, our educational philosophy stresses inter-professional education, teamwork, problem-solving and systems thinking in a wide range of contexts and environments.
USU is more than a medical school. The School of Medicine partners with the University’s Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, the Postgraduate Dental College and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute. Within the School of Medicine, we offer outstanding graduate education programs in public health, tropical medicine, and health administration and policy (through our Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics), medical and clinical psychology (we have one of the most distinctive programs of its type in America) and interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in three areas that are highly relevant to military and public health: neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, and emerging infectious diseases.
In addition to offering a world-class education to students committed to careers of national service, America’s Medical School supports a robust and high-impact program of research. Our interdisciplinary centers focus on issues of high importance to military health, such as combat casualty care, human performance optimization, emerging infectious diseases, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and infectious diseases. These centers and other programs not only enrich the academic environment on campus, they strengthen our links with partner institutions including the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Naval Medical Research Center and the National Institutes of Health. These partnerships, and our national network of military treatment facilities ensures that our students, staff and faculty can make a difference at every level of academic endeavor, from cell biology to global health.
USU’s motto is “learning to care for those in harm’s way.” As an element of the U.S. Department of Defense, we contribute to America’s national security by ensuring that the U.S. military has a “ready medical force” and a “medically ready force” — whenever and wherever they are needed. In addition, the students, faculty and staff of the Hébert School of Medicine are committed to defending the health security of the United States by generating high-impact scientific and clinical discoveries, by delivering compassionate and efficient patient care and by advancing public health throughout the United States and around the world.
Arthur L Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H.