Medical Program by Year

Medical Program by Year


Before matriculating into the School of Medicine, students without any prior service experience must attend service-specific orientation programs. Orientation is conducted at the following locations:

  • Army: U.S. Army Academy of the Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
  • Navy: Officer Indoctrination School at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Air Force: Commissioned Officer Training Course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex Montgomery, Alabama
  • U.S. Public Health Service: Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland

Students report to the School of Medicine campus after completing their service-specific orientations. The University brigade orientation begins the first week of August. During this time, the administrative requirements for registering students with the university and local military are completed. Academic orientation begins the third week of August. During this time, students learn about the medical education program.

Pre-Clerkship Period - the First 16 Months

The 16 month pre-clerkship period allows students to establish a strong scientific foundation, leading to an enhanced understanding of the mechanisms of human disease and the latest approaches to the prevention and treatment of human illness. At the same time, students develop professional identities as officers and physicians, so they may ultimately fulfill the promise of duty and expertise expected by their patients and military units. Students are taught and mentored by faculty with special emphasis being placed on personal values and the acquisition of skills needed to master the key elements of basic and clinical sciences, along with the social and epidemiologic principles underlying effective patient care.

The preclerkship period begins with a seven week "Foundation in Medicine" module which will introduce key concepts in basic science and clinical medicine, and allows students to acquire the tools to master the materials and develop the skills presented in five subsequent organ-system based modules. These include the following grouped systems: musculoskeletal and skin; cardiopulmonary-renal; neuroscience and psychiatry; gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, metabolism and nutrition; and reproduction and endocrinology. The final, "multi-system and complex diseases" module will prepare students to understand the intricacies of modern clinical medicine as they move into the next phase of their education: their clerkship year. In this transitional module, students will polish their problem-solving skills to manage the interplay of multiple systems in serious illness as well as recognize the roles of the host response and the impact of social and environmental influences on disease outcomes. The diverse challenges addressed by the specialties of global and military medicine will be emphasized here.

Each module earns six to nine credits, depending on length, involving an average of 185 contact hours per module.

Pre-Clerkship ModulesCourse # | CR Hours
Foundation in MedicinePRC1001 | 7
Musculoskeletal/IntegumentPRC2001 | 8
Cardio/Pulmonary/RenalPRC2002 | 9
Neuroscience and BehaviorPRC2003 | 8
Gastrointestinal Tract/Hepatobiliary System/Metabolism and NutritionPRC2004 | 8
Reproduction and EndocrinologyPRC2005 | 7
Multi-System and Complex DiseasesPRC2006 | 8
Military Medicine 100 (includes Summer Operational Experience)PRC2007 | 6

Clerkship Period (12 Months)

Following a one-week transition to clinical medicine course in which students are introduced to the roles and responsibilities associated with their inpatient and outpatient clinical environments, students engage in 48 weeks of required clinical clerkships in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and a selective.

Basic science threads build on concepts that were introduced in the pre-clerkship modules. Clinical threads focus on the skills necessary to practice life-long learning, and on evidence-based medicine.

Leave periods are provided in May and December.

Students have a six-week period for review before taking Step 1of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Third-year Clerkships*Course # | CR Hours | Duration (wk)
Family MedicineFMO3200 | 5 | 5
PediatricsPDO3200 | 5 | 5
MedicineMDO3200 | 10 | 10
PsychiatryPSO3200 | 5 | 5
SurgerySUO3200 | 10 | 10
Obstretrics & GynecologyOBO3200 | 5 | 5
Third-Year Selective(varies) |4 | 4

*plus three weeks of assessment, one at the end of each 15-week block

Post Clerkship Period

Post-clerkship begins with the six-week course "Bench to Bedside and Beyond," that ties basic science and advanced clinical concepts together in a format emphasizing small group learning. Students then have 52 weeks of required clerkships and electives, including a required four weeks in both Military Contingency Medicine and Military Emergency Medicine.

Leave periods are scheduled for late March, September and December. Step 2CS and Step 2CK of the USMLE are taken during this period. Students graduate in May.

Fourth-yearCourse # | CR Hours | Duration (wk)
Bench to Bedside & BeyondBBB4000| 6 | 6
Capstone project, 2-monthCAP4000 | 8 | 8
Capstone project, 3-month CAP4100 | 12 | 12


Fourth-year ClerkshipsCourse # | CR Hours | Duration (wk)
Military Contingency MedicineMM04400 | 6 | 6
Military Emergency Medicine(varies) | 4 | 4
NeurologyNE04400 | 4 | 4
Subinternships (2)8 | 4 + 4
Medical Selective Block8
Surgical Selective Block8
Elective Clerkships4
Anesthesia AN03200 | 4 | 4