Longer-term career outcomes of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School Graduates: Classes of 1980-1989

Daniel L. Cohen, Steven J. Durning, David Cruess, Richard MacDonald

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Background: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine exists to provide physicians who will become leaders in military medicine in both war and peacetime. Studying the career accomplishments of graduates who have reached or are near the end of their military career is one way to assess how well USUHS is meeting this societal charge. Methods: Self-reported survey of all 2,689 USUHS graduates since its inception in 1976. Data were collected with regard to residency completed, additional degrees obtained, leadership positions and rank obtained, deployment experience, and academic affiliations. Results: Our survey resulted in a 59% response rate (712 of 1,199 respondents) for the matriculating classes of 1980-1989 and a 68% (1,822 of 2,689 respondents) total response rate for till graduates. Career outcome data were analyzed for graduates of the 1980-1989 classes in this article. For this cohort, the board certification rate was 99%; 20% obtained additional degrees; 96% have worked as full-time clinicians; 14% received below-the-zone promotions; 51% had deployed for combat and 42% for humanitarian missions; and 57% continue to hold medical school faculty appointments. Discussion: Many accomplishments, to include high sustained board certification rates from a diverse array of specialties, broad deployment experience, achievement of high leadership responsibilities and senior rank, as well as important contributions to academic medicine were achieved by these graduates. Our results support that USUHS is accomplishing its societal charge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-428
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


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