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Course ID
029
Course Title
Military Tropical Medicine Course
Instructional Method
Classroom and Field Exercise
Sponsor
Army Public Health Center
Other
Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners
Description

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 selected students the opportunity to solidify core concepts learned in the lecture and lab portions of the course.  Those selected for the field mission are divided into teams and sent to a location overseas in a resource-limited setting.  The first week of the field mission includes 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.  

Prerequisites

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.  The course is also open to physician assistants and nurse practitioners.  

Remarks

Funding for a limited number of Army attendees will be provided by US Army Public Health Center.  This funding is for the 4-week didactic portion of the course and does not cover the optional field mission.  Funding for the field mission is most often provided by the student’s parent command.  Those with deployment orders or with official documentation of an upcoming deployment may qualify for central funding to cover both the didactic portion and field mission.  Those that are not selected for US Army Public Health Center funding may still attend the didactic portion of the course if their unit/command is willing to pay for their travel.

Course Schedule
ID Number Location Start Date End Date Class Fee Class Size Application Deadline Status Actions
029-20190708 Uniformed Services University
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD
7/8/2019 8/2/2019 none N/A 2/14/2019 Active enroll in session

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