The Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences (ADCS) coordinates the School of Medicine's curriculum and educational programs in the clinical years, the academic performance of students, and the subsequent graduate medical education of our students. Both the ADSA and the ADCS are responsible for the School of Medicine's academic standard in the clinical sciences as well as the continued personal and professional growth and development of individual students throughout their clinical years. As a result, the office provides the official liaison between students at the School of Medicine and the university faculty and administration in matters pertaining to clinical programs, and represents the university to all organizations regarding graduate medical education. The ADCS also serves on all standing committees that directly affect students, including the Admissions Committee, Curriculum Committee, Student Promotions Committee, and the Board of Review for Interservice Transfers.
CAPT Patricia McKay, MD is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in biological sciences and a member of the USUHS School of Medicine Class of 1993. She completed a surgery internship at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and served as a general medical officer to the United States Marine Corps in Okinawa Japan before returning to an orthopaedic surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center. She subsequently completed a Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN.
Since that time CAPT McKay has been assigned to the National Capital Area with clinical privileges at National Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center. Deployed on the Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT from March-May 2003 she provided care to more than 300 Iraqi and American casualties. For 6 years she served as the Orthopaedic Residency Program Director, first for the Navy program and then through the Integration of the Navy and Army into the National Capital Consortium program. In 2009 CAPT McKay transitioned to USU as Commandant, School of Medicine. In 2010 the Dean selected her to serve as the Interim Chair, Norman M Rich Department of Surgery.
CAPT McKay has produced many publications and presentations regarding Hand and Orthopaedic Surgery and is currently pursuing research on a variety of surgical and academic topics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with active service on their Diversity Advisory Board. CAPT McKay is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand and is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons. She is a founding member of the Walter Reed Bethesda Orthopedic Alumni Association and a Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Current Orthopaedic Practice.