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  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Bethesda
Individual Feedback 5 3 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
2018 2
2019 0
2020 0
2021 0
2022 1
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 3
BA/DO 0
BS/DO 0
DO/JD 0
DO/MA 0
DO/MBA 0
DO/MPH 0
DO/MS 0
DO/PhD 0
MD/JD 0
MD/MBA 0
MD/MPH 0
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 0
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 2

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 1
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 1
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
515 3

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.83 3

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.77 3

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

27514

01952

14051

What do you like most about this school?

"Friendly, knowledgable faculty. Amazing camaraderie among classmates. Great resources. Located near Washington, D.C. and next to a major teaching hospital (Walter Reed)" | Report Response

"Emphasis on independent decision making, ability to travel the country for clerkships, ability to serve and outstanding patient population" | Report Response

"The curriculum focuses on "hands-on" learning experiences which allow students to get proficient at physical exam skills and basic procedures. The university has all students perform ACLS training twice, and all students must perform ATLS once." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Early lecture hours. Library is small" | Report Response

"Too many students in it for a free education and not dedicated to their commitment as officers. This isn't pervasive, but a few bad apples spoil the bunch." | Report Response

"The school's parking situation is very bad. It is difficult to perform 4th year clerkship electives at our affiliated medical center (Walter Reed) because we aren't given access to parking unless we are performing a sub-internship." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"On the eve of graduation I feel prepared to crush residency, get out and take care of soldiers practicing good medicine in bad places." | Report Response

"USUHS is an excellent medical school. Throughout 3rd and 4th year clerkships, I have always felt prepared to evaluate and treat patients. In addition, I was never concerned about working with staff physicians as a medical student because the university teaches students how to properly present patient cases. Since I have traveled all over the country to perform clinical rotations, I have had the opportunity to work with medical students from many medical schools (both MD and DO) which allowed me to gain different perspectives on how medicine is taught and practiced." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 3
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 1
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 1
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 3
4-5 hours 0
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 3
Free note taking service 0
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 0
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 1
3 1
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 3
5-6 0
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 1
9 months 0
12 months 2
24 months 0

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 3
no 0

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"Usually at least once a day" | Report Response

"2-3x/week" | Report Response

"Pathology Lab and Anatomy Lab had mandatory attendance. Attendance is optional at 90-95% of lectures. All lectures are recorded and can be accessed from home. The school also has many different "small-group" training sessions which require mandatory attendance. We typically have about 5 mandatory lab/group sessions per week. USUHS strictly follows LCME guidelines concerning the amount of time spent in lectures/labs per week. Students always have adequate time to study on their own." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"all issued by government" | Report Response

"The University provides all required textbooks for free to the students (they give us about 50 books! its amazing)." | Report Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

"no, just an austere and prehospital layer added in additional to typical coursework" | Report Response

"The curriculum is designed to produce self-sufficient doctors that can practice medicine in austere environments with limited resources. No speciality is "promoted"; however, regardless of specialty, all military physicians need to be able to provide medical care to active duty service members in deployed settings. USUHS prepares students to do that." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 0
Clinical years 0
All years 0
No 2

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
3.33 3

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"No on-campus housing - Students are provided a Basic Housing Allowance (valued at about 1,800-2,200 per month). Bethesda, MD housing market is very expensive; however, our housing allowance is enough to cover the cost of a 1-2 bedroom apartment with good amenities." | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 0
Merit-based 1
Both 1

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
9.33 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 0
no 3

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"outstanding." | Report Response

"Every Module (System Block) has one PhD lead and one MD/DO lead who function as the supervisors. The PhD lead is typically a researcher/educator who has significant experience in the system being taught. The MD/DO lead is typically a physician who practices medicine in the speciality that is being taught (Cardiologist during Cardio Module, Neurologist during NEURO Module, Sports Med/Ortho during MSK module, etc, etc.). These faculty members have been excellent. They attend every lecture and attend every "small group session" with the students to ensure that the students are getting a good learning experience." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"lots of variability given the extensive and varied number of teaching hospitals- generally don't have a bad thing to say about any of them" | Report Response

"The instruction varies from site to site since USUHS has students travel throughout the DOD health system during 3rd year clerkships. All instructional faculty at the clinical sites are highly invested in the USUHS curriculum and are in close contact with the clerkship supervisor throughout the year. All faculty are supportive to the students." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"lottery system. Surgery, surgery subspecialty (ortho, ENT, etc), OB-GYN, IM, FM, Psych, EM, Anesthesia, Neuro are required." | Report Response

"Mandatory 3rd and 4th year Clerkships are scheduled by the University and students get to pick their desired clinical sites throughout the DOD using a "Lottery system." 4th year electives are scheduled by the student. 3rd year Clerkship requirements: Family Medicine: 5 Weeks; Pediatrics: 5 Weeks; Internal Medicine (In-patient): 5 Weeks; Internal Medicine (Out-patient): 5 Weeks; General Surgery: 5 Weeks; Surgery Sub-specailty (Ortho/Vascular/CT/Urology - Chosen by student): 5 Weeks; Elective (Chosen by student): 5 Weeks; 4th Year Clerkship Requirements: Neurology: 4 Weeks; Emergency Medicine: 4 Weeks; Anesthesia: 4 Weeks; One Surgical Sub-Internship: 4 Weeks; One Medical Sub-Internship: 4 Weeks; 7 - four week blocks of electives - these are scheduled by the student." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"In my experience, demonstrate competence and eagerness and you're pretty much given enough rope to hang yourself with" | Report Response

"Medical Students are expected to take full responsibility of their patients: they must present their patients, review all lab/rad results, follow up on all consults, and be present for all procedures done on their patient. Medical Students are expected to educate their patient's about the daily "plan" and treatment options during daily "rounds"." | Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"Some of the institutions are world class, Walter Reed, San Diego Naval, etc. Others are smaller and have a community feel" | Report Response

"Our Two Major affiliated hospitals are: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and San Antonio Military Medical Center. These hospitals are in excellent condition with state-of-the art technology and services." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Active duty military, their spouses and children, as well as retirees." | Report Response

"We tend to deal with an "older" patient population of retired military service members. We also occasionally see spouses, young adults, and children of active duty service members. At San Antonio Military Medical Center, we are exposed to "civilians" that are brought by emergency to our trauma center and burn center." | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 3

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 3

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 3

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
9.67 3

0 = no, 10 = very

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"DC is vibrant- great nightlife, museums, monuments, arts and culture" | Report Response

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Military match generally very beneficial to students" | Report Response

"I am not a graduate yet; however, it appears that USUHS graduates perform well in clinical practice and in residency." | Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"I think those who know our product think very highly of USUHS trained physicians" | Report Response

"I have been told by many residency program directors that USUHS graduates are typically very competent. Residency directors actively recruit USUHS graduates to select their program for residency." | Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"Surgery/EM/FM" | Report Response

"I would say that the University produces excellent physicians in all specialities; however, our Family Medicine physicians appear to be exceptionally strong." | Report Response

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