Research Opportunities


If you are interested in medical research, the Military offers specific benefits that aren't always available to civilian physicians. For example, you might find yourself working with a range of partners beyond academia, including the Department of Defense and foreign governments. Also, compared to the civilian sector, the Army has a high acceptance rate for the clinical trials that are so crucial to research. Finally, the Army offers technical resources that help you keep track of patients and gather data for potential breakthroughs.

As an Army physician, you can help shape the future of medicine for both service members and civilians. Start exploring the options available to you at every stage of your career.

Medical Students

For those attending medical school through the Army, research is a major aspect of training. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in particular has expertise in a range of areas, including post-traumatic stress disorder and infectious diseases. If you become a medical student at USUHS, you'll be learning from faculty who are performing cutting-edge research as well as teaching, and all USUHS students are required to participate in a three-month-long capstone project that concludes with the public presentation or publication of an academic paper.

Students in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) may also have the chance to participate in military medical research as part of their required military medical rotations. For example, both HPSP and USUHS students may have rotations at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, or they might work at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton, Connecticut. And that's just a glimpse of what is on offer to medical students


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