Academics At The USU School Of Medicine

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Here’s the medical education and training you can look forward to receiving over the next 4 years after your application to the USU School Of Medicine if accepted.

First Year

The first year of med school is very highly structured with the focus on the basic sciences. Curriculum courses include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine-I and II
  • Human Context in Healthcare
  • Epidemiology and Biometrics
  • Medical Psychology
  • Medical History
  • Military Studies I

The duration of the individual courses vary greatly with some lasting a few to several weeks while others span the major part of the academic year. At the end of the first year, the class takes part in Military Medical Field Studies, which consists of two parts – a field training exercise and an individual summer experience at an installation of your parent service.

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The second year also focuses on the basic sciences, but with a more clinical approach. Second year courses include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Reasoning
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine-III
  • Human Behavior
  • Military Studies
  • Ethical-Legal-Social Aspects of Medical Care
  • Microbiology
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • Radiographic Interpretation
  • Medical Zoology

After you’ve completed these courses, you will have about 5 or 6 weeks of independent study time before you take Step 1 of the licensing exam in June.

Third Year

In the third year you will spend almost the entire time in hospital settings. This year consists of a series of clerkships, funded by the University, in the following areas:

  • 12 weeks of Internal Medicine, including inpatient and ambulatory medicine
  • 12 weeks Surgery, including general surgery, anesthesiology and surgical subspecialties
  • 6 weeks Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 6 weeks Pediatrics
  • 6 weeks Psychiatry
  • 6 weeks Family Medicine

During the third year, all students are given grades and written evaluations for each rotation. These grades and evaluations are based partly on written/oral examinations and preceptors’ subjective evaluations.

Fourth Year

During the fourth year students do a mandatory 4 week sub-internship in primary medicine and surgery as well as several elective clerkships. These include 4 weeks each of Neurology, Military Contingency Medicine, Military Emergency Medicine and other assorted electives.

Internship

The staff and faculty will work with you throughout your 3rd year to help you with securing the relevant internships and residencies. You can request you’re your preferred hospital program after you’ve completed your graduation and the school authorities will write an official letter supporting your preference.

Licensing

State licensing is mandatory before you can be eligible to practice medicine in the military. To obtain your license, you must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), which is a series of 4 standardized exams. You will take each of the exams during various phases of your 4 years in medical school. After you have passed all parts of the exam, you will obtain the necessary certification from the National Board of Medical Examiners that will allow you to pursue registration in the state of your choice.

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