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Core Clerkship Director
Norman M Rich Department of Surgery
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Dr. AJ Copeland has been a civilian member of the USUHS faculty since 2005, serving first as a Clinical Site Coordinator for the Surgery Clerkship, and since 2012 as the Clerkship Director. She is in active clinical practice with a special interest in breast surgery and in surgical educational research. She is a member of the Association for Surgical Education and completed a Surgical Education Research Fellowship with that organization.
Dr. Copeland earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University in 1981 and subsequently attended the University of Connecticut Health Sciences School of Medicine on an Army Health Professions Scholarship Program, graduating in 1985. She completed her residency in general surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1991. As a general surgeon Dr. Copeland was stationed at Fort Belvoir VA, San Antonio TX, Portsmouth VA, and finally at USUHS before retiring from the Army in 2005 at the rank of Colonel.
Dr. Copeland is a longtime member of the Association of Women Surgeons, joining the Council in 2002 and serving as the organization’s President in 2008-2009. She is a Fellow of the ACS, and a member of the Women in Surgery Committee of the ACS. She began her term as the third AWS Governor to the American College of Surgeons in 2012. She treasures the many friendships she has made through the AWS and the opportunity to associate with so many beautiful, talented, and smart women surgeons (and surgeons-in-training) of all generations.