Student Information, Portsmouth


Student Information Surface Warfare Medical Officer Indoctrination Course - Portsmouth

From: Officer in Charge, Surface Warfare Medical Institute

To: Surface Warfare Medical Officer Indoctrination Course Students


 (1) Information/Map of Portsmouth
 (2) Essential Items and Information
 (3) Lesson Topics
 (4) NAVMED 1300/2 Medical, Dental, and Educational Suitability Screening Checklist and Worksheet
 (5) NAVMED 6410/2 Aeromedical Clearance Form

1.     It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Surface Warfare Medical Officer Indoctrination Course conducted by the Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI), a detachment of the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC). The course will be conducted from Monday, July 7 2014 through Friday July 25, 2014 at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as noted in enclosure (1). Class will convene at 0730 on July 7, 2014 and end at 1100 on July 25, 2014.

2.     The uniform of the day is khaki CNT/poly-wool or Navy NWU with steel-toed boots. 

3.     Check-in will commence at 0730 on Monday, July 7, 2014, at NMCP only. Please do not attempt to check in at any other time or location. For administrative purposes, you will be assigned to NMOTC Detachment East. In order to expedite the processing of your orders and other administrative matters, please bring your orders and health record with you on the first day. Other items you should bring, as well as NMOTC Detachment EAST policies, are listed in enclosure (2).

4.     Lesson topics are listed in enclosure (3). The overall objectives of the course are four-fold:

a.     Orientation to shipboard routine.

b.     Preparation for duties as Medical Department Head.

c.     Familiarization with environmental, occupational and preventive medicine issues you will encounter with the Surface Fleet.

d.     Review of operational medicine topics.

5.     Please ensure a formal Suitability for Sea Duty Screen is completed, by your command, prior to detaching. There will be very limited time for this and other administrative matters during the course. Enclosure (4) is a copy of the checklist.

6.     Shipboard Firefighting training will be conducted. This evolution involves a high heat stress environment. Please begin hydrating yourself several days before, and if possible limit or discontinue alcohol consumption. A medical screening tool must be completed prior to participation in strenuous training. Once signed by a Medical Officer, place the original in your medical record and provide a copy to SWMI personnel. In addition, Helo Egress training will be conducted. Enclosure (5) is an Aeromedical Clearance Form (up-chit) for participation in this training. This form needs to be signed by a Flight Surgeon.

7.     Attendance at SWMOIC will entitle you to Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit through the Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education (NAVMED MPT&E) Command, Bethesda. The NAVMED MPT&E, Bethesda, Maryland is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for Physicians. NAVMED MPT&E designates this educational activity for a maximum of 65.0 Category 1 credits towards the AMA Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

8.     I am certain you will be challenged by the course and gain a greater appreciation for the responsibilities associated with being a Surface Medical Officer. Questions concerning this course may be addressed to LT Sergio Coronel and e-mail to The SWMI office number is (619)532-9991, DSN: 522-9991.