SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Military Officer Training Preceptorship Elective
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: Successful completion of Year 1
Responsible Faculty Director:
Joaquin Cortiella, MD
Other Faculty:
Available Dates
• 8-week block: 4/25/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment
no max

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Depending on Military Orders Location or to Dr. Joaquin Cortiella

Goals & Objectives
 All Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) Military students must complete an officer training course. The course will develop critical thinking in decision making processes that incorporate medical decisions within both a battlefield scenario as well as in a hospital setting. This course will emphasize how an officer fits within the TEAMSTEP consept of medical management which enforces medical excellence, team building within a hospital. For the Army, the course is comprised of a six-week Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The Navy course, Officer Development School (ODS), is a five-week training program located at Officer Training Command in Newport, Rhode Island. Each has similar, but individual goals as detailed below: BOLC: This course is designed to instruct students on the basics of being an Army and Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officer. It will assist the student in making their transition into the Army a smooth one. This course will provide the student with an increased understanding of the U.S. Army, its various missions and most importantly, how to contribute to the success of those missions. The student`s focus should be discipline, teamwork, basic Soldier skills, tactical medical doctrine, and learning the principles behind becoming an resilient, agile leader. ODS: ODS is designed to prepare the student for a future as a commissioned officer by providing the basic knowledge of the naval profession and its related military, academic and nautical subjects. It will provide moral, mental and physical development, and instill the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty. The long-term objective is to develop team leaders within a medical team that enforce excellence in patient care. The student will also be expected to develop teaching skills that will be incorporated into the daily planning of the officer. BOLC: 1) The student will be required to take and pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet the height weight standard in order to graduate from the course. 2)Personal objectives include: discipline, teamwork, basic Soldier skills, tactical medical doctrine, and leadership principles. ODS: 1) Students will be expected to take and pass the Navy Third Class Swim Test. 2) Personal objectives include: learning military structure, traditions and customs, the legal system, military etiquette, and fundamental aspects of leadership necessary to function in the role of a newly commissioned Naval Officer.

Description of course activities
 BOLC: This training provides an introduction to the Army and to military health care in the field and community hospital environments. The curriculum consists of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Military Qualifications Skills (MQS) and the AMEDD Common Core subjects. These subjects are intended to impart basic military skills and to provide an understanding of the Army health service support mission and the doctrine to accomplish it. Examinations will be given as a means of testing the student's knowledge of the subject areas. The course also includes physical fitness training and tests. Only HPSP (commissioned military officers) are able to complete this course. The course must be scheduled and approved by the military branch's respective HPSP office. Training is typically performed between the first and second year of medical school, but can be completed at any time. Training is a mandatory requirement upon graduation from medical school and the beginning of medical internship (PGY-1). This course helps the students understand the importance of a team and how to fit within the team. The skills learned in this course will help the student become a functioning and active member of the medical team in their third and fourth year medical rotations. ODS: Military training at ODS is comprised of physical training, room and locker inspection, personnel inspection, drill, third class swim, and memorization items. Academically, ODS is divided into 7 units of instruction: Military Indoctrination, Damage Control, Naval Leadership, Division Officer, Military Law, Naval Warfare, Programs and Policies. It also provides leadership training through the Division Officer Leadership Course. Physical Training will include daily runs and physical readiness assessments at the beginning and ending of the 5-week program.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Course leaders and peers
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    Dependent upon specific training
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Dependent upon specific training
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases   Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    BOLC: Students are required to complete two online courses prior to graduating the course. The first course is Antiterrorism Awareness Level I (ATL 1). The second is Composite Risk Management (CRM) Basic Course. Other activities may be required. ODS: Seven NKO courses are required to be completed. Other activities may be required. ODS: Seven NKO courses are required to be completed. Other activities may be required.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
  BOLC: All students attending are required to have a passing Army Physical Fitness Test score and passing Army Height and Weight. Medical and dental screenings will be completed at Fort Sam Houston for all Active Duty personnel PCSing to their first duty assignment. ODS: Students will conduct two Physical Readiness Tests and are required to take and pass the Navy Third Class Swim Test. Room and personnel inspections occur at regular intervals. Students are required to pass Navy body fat regulations.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe