Title

The Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS): What have we learned from 40 years of military medical education and where should we go?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Journal

Military Medicine

Volume

177

Issue

SUPPL.1

DOI

10.7205/milmed-d-12-00230

Abstract

The work of the Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS), F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) has been a multidisciplinary effort spanning more than 5 years. Borrowing from the established program evaluation and quality assurance literature, the LTCOS team has organized its evaluation and research efforts into three phases: before medical school, during medical school, and after medical school. The purpose of this commentary is to summarize the research articles presented in this special issue and to answer two fundamental questions: (1) what has been learned from LTCOS research conducted to date, and (2) where should the LTCOS team take its evaluation and research efforts in the future? Answers to these questions are relevant to USU, and they also can inform other medical education institutions and policy makers. What is more, answers to these questions will help to ensure USU meets its societal obligation to provide the highest quality health care to military members, their families, and society at large. © Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. All rights reserved.

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