Graduate Education and Research
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center promotes professional growth and development of our providers in-training in our Graduate Education and Research programs by supporting high quality research and clinical trials in conjunction with some of the world's finest medical centers. Clinical trials usually compare a new and perhaps more promising treatment to a standard one and contribute to a better understanding of the benefits and risks of comparative therapies. The trials are helpful in determining whether a treatment is better, as good, or not as good as a standard therapy. All research procedures must be approved and monitored by the WRNMMC Human Research Protection Program and the relevant Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to ensure the responsible conduct of research. Research efforts at WRNMMC are ongoing in the areas of head injury, colon cancer, breast cancer, investigational chemotherapy, virtual colonoscopy, stroke, diabetes, infectious disease, hematology & oncology, leukemia and lymphoma.
Graduate education has always been a priority at WRNMMC. Our Graduate Education & Research programs are supported by in-depth exposure to all major medicine specialties and subspecialties. The faculty is chosen specifically for their teaching interests, skills and diversity of experiences. In addition, our providers take an active interest in medical research and are extensively published in major medical journals. WRNMMC's programs prepare participants for board eligibility and certification. The programs are accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education.
In addition, the programs at WRNMMC are all part of the National Capital Consortium, and they work closely with medical students from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. All residents and fellows participate in research, clinical rotations and the education of medical students. This liaison takes full advantage of the rich civilian medical community in the Washington, D.C., area and has strong ties and cooperative affiliations with the National Institutes of Health, Children's National Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs Hospital of D.C., Inova Fairfax Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and others.
WRNMMC offers 62 programs to interns, residents and fellows. As the premiere postgraduate dental institution in the world, the Naval Postgraduate Dental School (NPDS) applies special dental education and experience in support of the Navy's mission. NPDS also conducts mission relevant dental research and promotes prevention and control of dental disease. For more information about our graduate programs, call WRNMMC's Office of Professional Affairs and Graduate Education at 301-295-4397, 301-319-8278, or 301-319-8373.
Staff Education and Training
Staff Education and Training (SEAT) offers training programs and services, including:
• Requisite Training (Orientation, annual,
general military training)
• Resuscitative Medicine and Trauma Life
Support (BLS, ACLS, PALS)
• Computer Training (Clinical Computer
Systems such as CHCS AHLTA, Essentris
and Computer/Web-Based Training)
• Continuing Education (CME, CE)
• Corpsmen Training (Readiness Division,
• Contingency Training
The Darnell Biomedical Research Center, open to WRNMMC staff, patients and families, is located on the first and third floor of Building 1. The Library consists of medical and general collections for medical reference, research, consumer health and leisure reading. The general collection also has audio and video resources. Internet access is available in the library.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross at WRNMMC offers assistance and a variety of services to you and your family. Some of the services the Red Cross offers include: The supply closet, snacks, reading materials, the comfort cart with personal hygiene products, recreational activities, emergency message communications, casualty travel assistance program, emergency financial assistance and many other programs. Over 200 volunteers devote more than 52,000 hours of their personal time each year to help WRNMMC. To find out how to become a Red Cross volunteer at WRNMMC, call (301) 295-1538 or stop by the Red Cross office in Building 8 on the 2nd floor in room 2189 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the Red Cross after duty hours, call (877) 272-7337.
Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a non-profit charitable organization designed to provide financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Navy and Marine Corps. The 12 relief society volunteers help Navy and Marine families cope with financial pressures. Bethesda’s branch has given more than $375,000 to over 500 families for car repairs, emergency travel and food. NMCRS provides assistance and offers a variety of programs including: budget counseling; layettes for newborns; emergency car repair; financial assistance to active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps service members and their families. Office hours are:
• 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
• Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Emergency appointments allowed anytime during normal working hours. Call (301) 295-1207 to make an appointment. After working hours contact, the American Red Cross at (877) 272-7337.