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Welcome Prospective Applicants

We are happy that you are interested in our program; whether you have general questions regarding our program or are interested in rotating with us, we are here to help. Please see the information below for more information regarding applications, rotations, and day visits.

Recruitment Chairs

Ghersi, Alexis Capt

Capt Alexis Ghersi

Ferraro, Emily CPT

CPT Emily Ferraro


Capt Amy Davis


Capt Nicole Martin

Interested in Rotating with Us?

Fourth-year USUHS and Health Professions Scholarship Programs (HPSP) students interested in elective rotations in Pediatrics at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda should email to schedule a rotation or a visit. A variety of elective rotations are available to fourth-year medical students all year long (See Below).

Students interviewing for our program should plan electives in the July-October time block. Preference is given to students who are applying for military pediatric residencies. Regardless of the elective site, students will have an opportunity to work and observe our program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We suggest that you arrange those rotations early, as spots are limited. 

Requests are accepted on the first Monday of December for the upcoming academic year starting the following July. Requests are honored in the order in which they were received. Inpatient rotations typically last 4 weeks with both day and night shifts, while outpatient and elective rotations can be split into 2 week increments.


Requests are made by contacting the program coordinator at with the following information:

- Rank and Name

- Email and phone number

- Branch of Service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service)

- Name of Medical School

- Your expected year of graduation

- Your planned specialty after medical school (preference for rotations from July to October is given to those applying for pediatrics)

- Whether you are applying to the NCC Pediatric Residency for internship

- Whether you will be traveling to DC on military orders or not

- Requested dates of the rotation (be sure to include the year)

- A ranked order of your rotation preferences (see below)

USUHS students may not submit a 1304 form to the registrar for any pediatric rotation in the NCC program without first getting approval from the Program. Forms with signatures from the Walter Reed Bethesda GME Department or the USUHS Department of Pediatrics will not be honored. Once approval from the program is obtained, USUHS Students may then complete the pre-filled Form 1304, save it locally, and send to

If you do not receive a response to your request within 48 hours, please contact Lieutenant Colonel Hepps, Program Director, at 301-319-2466 and Chief Resident, Capt Jack Goetzman at

Available Rotations

Adolescent Medicine

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Inpatient Sub-internship

NICU Sub-internship

Newborn Nursery

Pediatric Cardiology

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric Genetics

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Neurology (Please ask coordinator for more information)

Pediatric Pulmonology

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