40 years of military medical education: An overview of the Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS)
In 2005, the Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS) was established by the Dean, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). The original charge to the LTCOS team was to establish an electronic database of current and past students at USU. Since its inception, however, the LTCOS team has broadened its mission and started collecting and analyzing data on a continuous basis for the purposes of program evaluation and, in some cases, research. The purpose of this commentary is to review the history of the LTCOS, including details about USU, a brief review of prior LTCOS work, and progress made since our last essay on LTCOS efforts. This commentary also provides an introduction to the special issue, which is arranged as a series of articles that span the medical education continuum (i.e., before, during, and after medical school). The relative balance of articles in each phase of training represents the LTCOS team's efforts to address the entire continuum of medical education.
Durning, S., Artino, A., Dong, T., Cruess, D., Gilliland, W., DeZee, K., Saguil, A., Waechter, D., & McManigle, J. (2012). 40 years of military medical education: An overview of the Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS). Military Medicine, 177 (SUPPL.1). http://dx.doi.org/10.7205/milmed-d-12-00231