All students are required to complete both an elective and a subinternship advanced clinical rotation in a surgical specialty under the auspices of the Department of Surgery or the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Department of Surgery has established advanced clinical rotations in General Surgery (including subspecialty experiences in cardiothoracic, vascular, transplant, pediatric, trauma, burn, and critical care), Plastic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Orthopedic Surgery (including Orthopedic Sports), Neurosurgery and Urology. These opportunities are available routinely across 20 different military treatment facilities across the country as well as overseas. Expanding the opportunities for exposure to trauma and critical care, the Department of Surgery maintains close affiliations with both Washington Hospital Center and the University of Maryland Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, offering students advanced clerkship opportunities in trauma, burns and surgical critical care.
In addition to the established clinical rotations, post clerkship students have the opportunity to pursue research opportunities through the Department of Surgery, including, but not limited to, the Surgical Critical Care Intitiative(SC2i) program, the Center for Prostate Disease Research, or Regenerative Medicine at the Naval Medical Research Center.