Fundamentals of Military Medical Practice & Leadership (MEM 101)
Fundamentals of MMPL curriculum are integrated across the pre-clerkship phase, with several major stand-alone learning activities, through the modules in the School of Medicine Curriculum. MMPL results in one grade for the student, which is a summation of learning activity evaluations; each separate learning activity must be individually passed for successful MMPL completion.
Learning Activities include:
- Medical Field Practicum 101. MFP 101 is a five day field experience conducted very early in medical school that provides an opportunity to introduce prospective military medical officers to basic military, medical and leadership skills that are pivotal to understanding operational medicine and the culture of military medicine. In addition, MFP 101 is an opportunity for the students to begin to form their identities as military doctors and to get to know their classmates, with whom they will work closely for the next 15 years and beyond.
- Combat Medical Skills (CMS). CMS establishes a foundation for the initial assessment and management of casualties with traumatic injuries. Students learn the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) framework, and a host of essential emergency medical skills such as endotracheal intubation, tourniquet application, and IV placement.
- Ultrasound. The Uniformed Services University has a vertical, integrated bedside ultrasound curriculum which is designed to enhance and augment the teaching of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medical decision-making.
- Summer Operational Experience (SOE). The Summer Operational Experience is a two week experience designed to offer students medical experience insight into their specific service. The intent is to engage students in an experience that is re-energizing and which may motivate some to continue in operational military medicine.
- Medical Field Practicum 102. MFP 102 focuses on advanced military medical skills and is a continuation from the Combat Medical Skills Course. The course spans two intensive weeks and is designed to expand the students' knowledge of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and rapid combat trauma assessment. The course provides an appreciation for environmental elements affecting troop performance; enhances the understanding of medical operational planning, and multimodal combat pain control options. Students will complete national training requirements for patient contact in hospital environments (BLS, ACLS).
- Antietam Battlefield Medical Staff Walk. Conducted during the first year of medical school, the Antietam Battlefield Medical Staff Walk provides an opportunity for USU medical students to study a military campaign rich with medical problems that – while technologically different – remain valid teaching points for the student when put in the modern context. The Antietam Walk displays the importance of emergency medicine and connects the history of military medicine in the 19th century to the world today.