Graduate Education and Research

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is the largest and only tri-service center for Graduate Medical Education in the Department of Defense encompassing more than 700 physicians in training, 1,200 clinical faculty, and 68 programs representing virtually every specialty in medicine with some recognized as among the finest nationwide. These programs last anywhere from one to seven years, and are supported by in-depth exposure to all major medical areas.

The overwhelming majority of the interns, residents, and fellows who make up our trainees have been competitively selected from either the Health Professions Scholarship Program as graduates from some of the finest civilian medical schools in the country, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences right here on the Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) campus. The faculty, likewise, are chosen specifically for their teaching interests, clinical skills and diversity of experiences, and both faculty and residents are actively involved in medical research with extensive publications in major medical journals and academic presentations routinely performed both nationally and internationally. WRNMMC’s programs prepare participants not only for board eligibility and certification, but to be leaders in military medicine. The programs are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or by specialty specific accrediting bodies. In addition, WRNMMC supports 16 allied and dental health training programs in areas as diverse as clinical psychology, social work, dietetics, physical therapy, and audiology, to military unique programs such as the General Dental Practice Residency Program.

The overwhelming majority of our graduate education programs at WRNMMC are part of the National Capital Consortium which in addition to the Uniformed Services University also includes Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and the Malcolm Grow Air Force Medical Clinics and Surgery Center. As part of our close alignment with the Uniformed Services University, all of our graduate medical education (GME) trainees work closely with medical students through the provision of teaching, clinical supervision, and research collaboration. In addition, training affiliations with a number of healthcare organizations throughout the greater Washington, D.C., such as 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, allows our trainees an unmatched diversity of clinical experiences.

As the premier postgraduate dental institution in the world, theNaval 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.

HEALTH Education and Training

Hospital Education and Training (HEAT) offers training programs and services, including:

• Requisite Training (Hospital Orientation, Birth Month Training, General Military Training)

• Resuscitative Medicine and Trauma Life Support (BLS, ACLS, PALS, Basic Dysrhythmia)

• Computer Training (Clinical Computer Systems such as CHCS AHLTA, Essentris and Computer/Web-Based Training)

• Continuing Education (CME, CNE)

• Medic/Corpsmen Training (Readiness Division, HMSB, EMT and EMT Refresher, TCCC)

• Contingency Training

• Staff Professional Development Training (Leadership Academy, Charge Nurse Course, Nurse Preceptor Course, Joint Enlisted Medication Administration Course, Trauma Nurse Core Course)

• Allied Health Training Program


• Health Professions Education (Dialysis Course, Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Course, Licensed Practical Nurse Course)


Clinical research is a critical component of any academic medical center. 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 the Department of Research Programs (DRP) is located in Building 17B on the third and fourth floors and provides support for research development, protocol review, and project oversight for military and civilian staff, as well as partnered entities engaged in research activities occurring at or involving WRNMMC.

DRP staff supports the work of the command IRBs, facilitates the review and approval of Research Not Involving Human Subjects (RNIHS) and Exempt research, and conducts post-approval compliance reviews of active research to ensure research regulations are being followed. Staff members are available to provide guidance on basic protocol development and study design, suggest funding opportunities, address statistical questions, perform data analysis and assist with data interpretation. The Center for Nursing Science & Clinical Inquiry within DRP supports clinical practice and nursing research. Nursing scientists guide preparation and submission of protocols to the IRB, helps with literature reviews, translates state-of-the art research into practice, and consults on Evidence-Based Practice projects.

On the fourth floor is the command’s state-of-the-art Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL) capable of supporting a wide-range of clinical laboratory studies. The laboratory has state-of-the art instrumentation and serves as a central facility for conducting both basic and clinical studies. The staff includes experienced research scientists who provide lab research protocol development, education on basic lab assays and assistance with generating the data need for the clinical research projects. For more information about DRP or to reach any staff member, please call 301-295-8239 and visit


Darnall Medical Library

Named Fedlink Small Federal Library/Information Center of the Year, Fiscal Year 2014, Darnall Medical Library serves the information needs of the staff at WRNMMC and a number of outlying clinics in the Washington, DC, area. In addition to the 4,500 current clinical and nursing books in the print collection, the library also provides access to 7,000 online journals, 2,000 online books, and many research and evidence-based databases. Services include an array of information supporting clinical care and research, database instruction, computer access, and interlibrary loan. WRNMMC staff has 24-hour access to the library, which is located in Building 1, Room 3458, as well as remote access to all electronic resources. Please contact Darnall Medical Library at 301-295-1184/1185 for further information. Website: Or call the National Capital Consortium at 301-319-5050.