Military Tropical Medicine Course
Classroom and Field Exercise
The Military Tropical Medicine Course, now a joint Army-Navy effort, continues the long tradition of the former Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Tropical Medicine Course and the Navy’s Medicine in the Tropics Course. Designed to offer advanced training in tropical medicine to Army, Navy, and Air Force medical officers, this course covers a broad range of topics to include viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections, environmental illnesses, pre- and post-travel medical evaluations, outbreak investigations, and public health issues in the developing world. The 4-week didactic curriculum includes lectures from nationally recognized experts in the field of tropical medicine, as well as hands-on laboratory training in the identification of tropical disease pathogens. There is a comprehensive lab practical and written exam at the end of the course, as well as weekly quizzes.
In addition to the 4-week didactic portion of the course, there is an optional 2-week field mission that provides students with the opportunity to solidify core concepts learned in the lecture and lab portions of the course. Selected attendees will be divided into teams and sent to a location overseas in a resource-poor region. The first week of the field mission will include clinical rounds in an inpatient hospital setting. During the second week, teams conduct public health activities in a rural location. The elective field mission is also open to any MTM course graduate who completed the 4-week didactic portion of the course within the past 5 years but was unable to previously participate in the field mission.
Physicians that have completed at least an internship (PGY-1) by the summer in which they would take the course are eligible to attend. Priority in selection will be given to those for whom the course is an integral part of training, such as infectious disease fellows and preventive medicine residents (or recent graduates of such programs), as well as primary care clinicians (GMOs, flight surgeons, family practitioners, pediatricians, internists) in operational billets.
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