Department Laboratories, Offices, & Classrooms
The Department has offices, human laboratories, animal laboratories, wet laboratories (for biochemical and other biological work), and a graduate student area (equipped with carrels, computers, a microwave, refrigerator, and telephones). In addition, USU provides classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, an excellent library (the Learning Resource Center), a computer center, audiovisual support, a central laboratory animal facility, teaching hospitals, and other support services.
Additional computing facilities are available in the Learning Resource Center and in individual laboratories. Computers either are connected to the Internet or are interfaced with laboratory equipment. A variety of software programs are available for word processing, statistical analyses, and presentation graphics. USU has site licenses for many of these programs. In addition, students are provided with an e-mail account, e-mail service, and Internet access at no cost.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is the USU library. The LRC has a wide variety of medical, biological, and psychological journals and periodicals, as well as indices, reference volumes, a serials and monograph collection, and computerized literature search databases (i.e., MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Neuroscience Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and Science Citation Index). The journals can be accessed on-line from various full-text services and off-site. The LRC includes a staff of reference librarians to assist with literature searches or to obtain reference materials not stocked by the LRC. The LRC is fully-networked with the Department and accessible from the Internet, allowing use of its services from departmental offices and labs as well as by students and faculty using computers from home.
The LRC also has numerous microcomputers available for student use as well as a new microcomputer classroom for teaching courses on various types of software. The LRC computers are fully-loaded with e-mail, word-processing, data-analytic, graphical, and presentation software.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) library and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are within walking distance of USU. These facilities maintain large collections of books and journals, including hard-to-find and out-of-print materials.
USU Patient Simulation Center
The National Capital Area (NCA) Medical Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art training facility located near the main USU campus. It uses simulated patients (i.e., experienced actors and actresses who are trained to simulate various physical and mental health problems) to train medical students, clinical psychology students, and other health professionals and to evaluate students' progress and level of clinical skill development.
The Simulation Center is used in the training of clinical psychology students to help students develop and practice interviewing, assessment, and psychotherapy skills. Simulated Patients (SPs) take on particular roles developed by the Simulation Center and the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology. The SPs are trained to behave and react in a particular manner, providing the students with immediate feedback and a real-time learning experience. Students are required to utilize a wide variety of clinical modalities and techniques. All encounters with the SPs are digitally videotaped for the student's and the faculty supervisor's review. Class group supervision time also is used to debrief the experience, critique the videotapes, and provide peer-peer and professor feedback.
Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)
The USU Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) maintains a large facility to house animals and in which to conduct research. It is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). A variety of species are housed in climate-controlled environments. The facility includes space for experimentation and is staffed by veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and animal husbandry technicians.
Proximity to Other Resources
The Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is within walking distance from USU. The NIH is a resource for lecture series, specialized courses, funding information, and research collaborations. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is within walking distance and is located within the same complex as USU. In addition, several major military training hospitals such as Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital and the Malcolm Grow Medical Center are also nearby. Numerous other universities in Washington, D.C. (i.e., Georgetown University, Catholic University, George Washington University, American University), and in Maryland (i.e., University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University), and research-oriented federal agencies and programs (i.e., Food and Drug Administration [FDA], National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA]) are within short driving distance from the USU campus.