USU: Building a Health Science Community of Compassion and Hope
The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences enjoys a worldwidereputation as a military and publichealth education and researchcenter of excellence. USU is knownfor its outstanding graduates,who work as scientists and healthcare practitioners. They come toBethesda, Md., to study and preparefor careers in service to the nation.They leave committed to serve thosein harm’s way.The university’s programs are unique.The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine curriculum contains allcontent required to maintain statusas a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on MedicalEducation, while adding an additional500 hours of military-unique content.The extra coursework focuses on forcehealth protection, tropical diseases,disaster medicine, military andpublic health medical readiness, andadaptation to extreme environments.A comprehensive understanding of operations and military communitiesis also key to the success of auniformed physician. From the daystudents matriculate to the medicalschool, their role as partners in theirmedical education is paramount.USU offers students an extraordinarylearning experience that blendsscience, courage and commitment to service. Yet, there is another wayin which USU is distinct. As RearAdm. (select) Clinton F. Faison III,
commanding ofcer of Naval Hospital
Camp Pendleton and a USU alumnussays: “USU teaches its students thereis more to medicine than just science.At USU, they instill in students a belief that the practice of medicine andwhat they as physicians offer patientsconsists of three things: science,compassion and hope.” Faison received his medical degreefrom USU in 1984. Since then, he hasbuilt an impressive career in medicine,completing both post-graduate training
in General Pediatrics at Naval Medical
Center San Diego and fellowship
training in Neurodevelopmental
Pediatrics at the University of Washington. While Faison enjoys being a physician, his USU training taughthim to look beyond clinical practice.
As commanding ofcer of the U.S.
Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwaitfrom April 2006 until May 2007, Faisonled a Level III expeditionary medicalhospital. As commander of the U.S.Joint Medical Task Force-Kuwait hewas responsible for all health careand joint medical operations in theKuwait, Qatar and Southern Iraq areaof operations. He was also responsiblefor all medical logistics, veterinaryand preventive medicine operations
throughout CENTCOM in direct supportof Operation Enduring Freedom andOperation Iraqi Freedom.
USU provides the ideal environment to see the immediate impact o my researchon those who need it most urgently.
The Future of Medical Research:
Ensign Grace Landersand Lt. j.g. JeremiahFord are currentstudents at USUwhere research is a top priority.
Photo by Lorna Geggis.