Advanced Military Medical Practice & Leadership (MEM 201)
Advanced MMPL curriculum is integrated across the post-clerkship period, with two major stand-alone learning activities, Medical Field Practicum 201, the Military Contingency Medicine Course/Medical Field Practicum 202. Advanced MMPL results in one grade for the student, which is a summation of MFP 201, and MCM/MFP 202; each separate learning activity must be individually passed for successful Advanced MMPL completion.
Learning Activities include:
- Medical Field Practicum 201. MFP 201 is a 1 ½ day field course which focuses on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3), communications, small unit leadership and medical platoon drills. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care training module includes patient assessment, patient decontamination and a training lane that provides an opportunity for the student to apply the three phases of tactical combat casualty care (TC3). Troop Leading Procedures and communications are reinforced in the small unit leadership module as students are organized as treatment team sized elements (9-11 personnel), and given the mission of negotiating leadership reaction course type challenges under medical scenarios. Medical platoon drills focus on introducing the student to scenario driven medical battle drills in preparation for the Military Contingency Medicine Course.
- Military Contingency Medicine (MCM). Military Contingency Medicine is the capstone course for the four year integrated military medicine curriculum. MCM is four weeks long and features both classroom didactic teaching and a medical field practicum: OPERATION BUSHMASTER (MFP 202). MCM is structured around a simulated deployment to the notional developing country of Pandakar. The classroom portion of the course represents the pre-deployment work-up for the deployment and is designed to provide the opportunity for students to acquire/hone the critical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for successful assignment and deployment as a tactical level military medical officer in their parent service. The course employs a variety of teaching methodologies ranging from lecture to small-group discussions, and applied practical exercises in order to build upon topics introduced throughout the entire four year USU military medical curriculum. The course concludes with a 4-day field training course (MFP 202: Operation Bushmaster) conducted as the capstone event of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ military unique curriculum. Topics include, but are not limited to, military environmental medicine, applied field medicine, Health Service Support planning, Military Decision Making, problem solving, leadership, personal and family readiness, mass casualty incident preparation and response, stability operations, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and medical intelligence. All coursework is designed to emphasize learning objectives focused on the current operational environment.
Emergency Medicine Clerkship
The Emergency Medicine Clerkship is a mandatory, 4-week, senior Clerkship designed to train 4th year medical students in the basic tenets of diagnosis and management of emergency medical conditions. During this clerkship, students will develop clinical skills to diagnose, manage, and rapidly understand undifferentiated, emergency medical and surgical conditions in patients of all ages and demographics. They will gain an understanding of the role of Emergency Medicine in our healthcare system and an appreciation of time constraints and resource utilization.
The Department offers elective clerkships for students interested in Emergency Medicine careers and operational, Emergency medicine, and history capstone experiences. In conjunction with the Brigade the Department sponsors elective military training opportunities, e.g. airborne, air assault, diving, etc., during fourth year for students interested and academically able (solid B average and clinically ready to serve as interns) to participate.
- Aerospace Medicine Primary (AMP) Course Elective Rotation. This 4 week course of study completed at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine is a unique opportunity for students to complete the classroom and flight training requirements to be a rated USAF Flight Surgeon. The course teaches basic airmanship, operations of a squadron, physiology of the unique aviation environment and how it applies to healthy aviators and patients, psychological stressors of the aviation environment, and standards and selection of aviators among other topics. The course is available for USAF students only and contingent upon successful completion of the AMP 101 course during the Summer Operational Experience. It is available only during the 9th and final rotation block 4th year.
- Clinical Aerospace Medicine Electives. These rotations immerse the students in an operational USAF Flight Medicine clinic where they assist and shadow a staff flight surgeon and learn the day-to-day operations and challenges of working in a flight medicine clinic. This rotation is useful for all future USAF physicians but is especially helpful for the student who may spend time as a General Medical Officer flight surgeon after internship. Rotations may be arranged at any USAF flight medicine office but are often best at Eglin, Nellis or Tyndal Air Force bases.