Primary Care/Health

Walter Reed National Military 
Medical Center (WRNMMCB)
8901 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20889-5600
Phone: (301) 295-care or 1-(800)526-7101
Fax: (310) 295-6497

Type of Practice: Military Medical Center


Requirement for UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP:  WRNMMCB cannot accept any observers, trainees,or facilitators who are not United States citizens by birth or naturalization.  (*NEW 11/1/11- site is not available to dual citizens.)  If the student has a foreign national ID card or passport, they will be required to relinquish those documents (which will be shredded by the security office) during in processing.

Forms required at least 30 days prior to the start of the rotation:

  1. Standard Form 85P (Declaration for Federal Employment) Continuation of 85P, Explanation of Completing 85P
  2. Optional Forms 306- (Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions)
  3. Completed Fingerprint Card (local police/fingerprinting center) Required:  2 finger print cards  
  4. Complete and submit WRNMMCB base acess form at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.  Base Access Form
    **7/2/13 - Students are now required to obtain 2 finger print cards at their local police station.  Students need to mail the completed finger print cards, copy of drivers license, proof of US citizenship (US passport or
    birth certificate) and completed 306 form to the extern director 30 days prior to start date.
  5. Immunizations required- Varicella, MMR and PPD within one year; strongly preferred Hepatitis B.  7/2/13

Other helpful links to paperwork include:  What to Bring to Distribution, Base map, Security Procedures for Check-ins, New Extern Handbook,Check in Procedures

Number of MCO Students per rotation: 1

Orientation Instructions:
You should contact Dr. Girdher 8 weeks prior to the beginning of your rotation to verify dates, times, directions, parking, and any other instructions.  Report to the above address at 8:00 a.m. the first day of the rotation for orientation to policies, clinical protocol, administrative procedures, etc.  Completion of hepatitis B series is required (unless waiver is signed) and annual TB testing must be completed. BE CERTAIN TO TAKE YOUR CURRENT CPR CRD, TB TEST RESTULTS CARD, AND HEP B (OR WAIVER FORM) TO EACH OF YOUR ROTATION SITES.

*11/1/11  NEW:  Students are no longer allowed to drive onto the base, and it is recommended that housing be arranged that is bus and/or metro accessible.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (231) 591-2202 (Elizabeth Spedoske, Assistant Dean’s Office) or (231) 591-3845 (Dr. David Durkee, Director of Externships).


Contact Person:

Geeta Girdher, OD, Director Student Education
(301) 295-1339 or email at   

Other Clinical Mentors:
Dr. Ken Wells, Optometry Service Chief

Support Staff: 3 opticians, 2 RNs and 8 surgical technicians


Operating Hours: 4 - 9 hour work day (8 a.m. - 5:30 pm.)  (*New 08/20/14)

Number of patients seen by extern per day: 8-10

Educational objectives:

Scope of the Externship:

Chart of Patient Examinations


*Average Number of Patient Examinations
Rotation 1 = 358

Rotation 2 = 455

Rotation 3 = 404

*Average Number of Patient Examinations
Rotation 1 = 563

*Average Number of Patient Examinations
Rotation 1 = 301

*Average Number of Patient Examinations
Rotation 1 = 413

*Average Number of Patient Examinations
Rotation 1 = 469
Rotation 2 = 369
Rotation 3 = 551

PC - Primary Care,  CL - Contact Lens, VT - VT Evaluation, LV - LV Evaluation, PD - Pediatric, OD - Ocular Disease, F/U - F/U to monitor Tx plan, PRE - Pre-op, POST - Post-op, SC - Screening/ total numbers, SU - Surgeries observed


Student is responsible for finding their own housing, preferably metro/bus accessible.  7/11/13
**Housing Option Walter Reed Housing Information



  • Psychology
  • General practice medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Diabetes
  • Internal medicine
  • Hypertension
  • Psychiatry
  • Respiratory
  • Rehabilitative medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Neurology

        Auxiliary Equipment:

  • Topographers
  • Fundus Cameras
  • Orb Scan
  • Humphrey Visual Field Analyzers
  • A and B scan
  • Goldmann projection perimenter
  • Eximer and Yag Lasers
  • Anterior segment photographic biomicroscope
  • Digital Angiography
  • Fundus Contact lenses, 3 and 4 mirror
  • Pachymetry
  • Fundus Non contact lenses
  • Main and Minor OR
  • OCT