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The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), established by the United States Congress in 1972 and graduating its first class in 1980, is a center for military medical education and research. It is the United States' only fully accredited federal school of medicine (SOM) and graduate school of nursing. The primary mission of the school is to prepare graduates for service to the country at home and abroad in the medical corps. Image File history File links USUseal. ... Seal of the U.S. Congress. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Faculty of Medical Sciences of the State University of Campinas, in Campinas, Brazil A medical school, or faculty of medicine, is a tertiary educational institution or part of such an institution that teaches medicine. ... Nursing school is a type of educational institution, or part thereof, where people undergo formal education and training to become a nurse. ...


With an enrollment of approximately 167 students per class, the SOM is located at 39°00′06″N, 77°05′10″W in Bethesda, Maryland on the campus of the National Naval Medical Center and is located across Maryland Route 355 from the National Institutes of Health. The SOM is named in honor of former Congressman Felix Edward Hébert. Bethesda is an urbanized, but unincorporated, area in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a church located there, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, built in 1820 and rebiult in 1850, which in turn took its name from the Aramaic words Beth Hesda, meaning house of... The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, also known as the Bethesda Naval Hospital, is considered the flagship of the United States Navys system of medical centers. ... The intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street is the commercial heart of Georgetown. ... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for medical research. ... Felix Edward Hébert (October 12, 1901 - December 29, 1979), more commonly referred to at the time as F. Edward Hebert, was a Louisiana politician. ...


Typically, the SOM first year class is composed of 63 Army students, 51 Air Force students, 51 Navy students, and 2 Public Health Service students. Students attending this institution receive free tuition, as well as reimbursement for all fees. Textbooks are issued to the students at the beginning of each semester. The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The U.S. Air Force redirects here, for the official song, see The U.S. Air Force (song) The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerospace branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... USN redirects here. ... Template:Higher standard // History of the United States Public Health Service The United States Public Health Service (PHS) was founded first by President John Adams in 1798 as a loose network of hospitals to support the health of American seamen. ...


USU students are considered active duty military personnel during their schooling and receive pay befiting the rank of O-1 (2nd Lieutenant for the Army and Air Force, Ensign for the Navy and Public Health Service). Upon graduation, these students are promoted to O-3 (Captain for the Army and Air Force, Lieutenant for the Navy and Public Health Service) and are expected to serve at least 7 years active duty and 6 years on inactive ready reserve. Students graduating from USU receive four years credit toward retirement, which is obtained after he or she reaches twenty years of service credit.


Approximately 80% of military physicians reaching 20 or more years of service are graduates of USUHS. Also, a majority of medical corps leadership positions are occupied by graduates of USU.


The university currently has two mottos: "Learning to Care For Those In Harm's Way" and "Providing Good Medicine In Bad Places."


USU Affiliated Programs and Centers

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Alumni Association
  • Casualty Care Research Center
  • Center for Health Disparities
  • Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
  • Courage to Care Health Campaign
  • DoD Center for Education & Research in Patient Safety
  • Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Medpix ™
  • Military Cancer Institute
  • Military Medical Student Association
  • National Capital Simulation Center
  • Spaceline
  • Tropical Medicine Central Resource

External links

  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences website
  • Medpix ™ Medical Image Database

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healthfinder® — Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - USUHS (132 words)
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the Nation's Federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war.
We provide the Nation with health professionals dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service and with scientists who serve the common good.
We serve the uniformed services and the Nation as an outstanding academic health sciences center with a worldwide perspective for education, research, service, and consultation; we are unique in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military medical readiness.
USU F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine (264 words)
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences was established by Congress in 1972 under the Department of Defense.
The purpose of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine is to provide the Nation with physicians dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service.
Students from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences participated in the annual Antietam Road March at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md. April 27.
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