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Curriculum

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) is a professional degree which requires four years of professional study. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission of training primary care physicians. Its design is based on successful academic models, carefully developed and integrated.

The unique curriculum provides academic and clinical training, which prepares students for the "real world" of medicine. It will make you more competitive for postdoctoral training positions and more attractive to those interviewing candidates for those positions.

A notable aspect of our clinical training program is a three-month clinical rotation in a rural setting where many residents have little access to health care. You will learn to treat various cultural and ethnic groups whose lifestyles and attitudes toward health care differ from those you will see in more traditional training sites. It is an enriching educational experience.

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine offers advanced placement to incoming students with degrees in disciplines specifically related to courses or subject areas required in the curriculum. Students who successfully pass a comprehensive, discipline-based examination will receive advanced placement and are given credit equivalent to the course(s) involved on their transcripts. The time made available in a student's academic pursuits by deferring such course(s) will allow students to enroll in an Honor Elective in Academic Scholarship and Research. This course provides an opportunity to work with a faculty adviser and engage in academic scholarly activity in an area of interest.

M1 (First Year Student) Fall Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 5010—Gross Anatomy 6.5
COM 5020—Medical Histology 3.5
COM 5021—Medical Biochemistry 3.5
COM 5030—Medical Microbiology 2.5
COM 5064—Medical Physiology 4.5
COM 5080—Health Care Provider BLS and First Aid 1.0
COM 5121—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) I 3.5
COM 5830—Physical Diagnosis I 1.5
TOTAL: 26.5
M1 (First Year Student) Winter Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 5005—Basics of Nutrition 1.0
COM 5006—Foundations of Research 1.0
COM 5081—Fundamentals of Pathology 1.5
COM 5082—Fundamental of Pharmacology 2.0
COM 5083—Principles of Radiology 1.0
COM 5122—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) II 1.5
COM 5425—Medical Procedures I 1.0
COM 5840—Physical Diagnosis II 4.5
COM 5850—Medical Immunology 1.5
COM 5851—Integumentary System 2.5
COM 5855—Hematopoietic and Lymphoreticular System 2.5
COM 5860—Respiratory System 4.0
COM 5870—Interdisciplinary Education and Professionalism I 2.5
TOTAL: 26.5
M1 (First Year Student) Summer Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 5125—Osteopathic Principles & Practice III 1.5
COM 5426—Medical Procedures II 1.0
COM 5802—Tobacco Use and Dependence 1.0
COM 5861—Cardiovascular System 5.5
COM 5862—Gastrointestinal System 4.5
COM 5990—Preclinical Medical Science Review 1.0
TOTAL: 14.5
M2 (Second Year Student) Fall Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 6000—Principles of Clinical Medicine I 2.0
COM 6011—Medical Neuroanatomy 1.0
COM 6055—Human Sexuality 1.0
COM 6105—Endocrine System 2.0
COM 6109—Renal/Urinary System 2.5
COM 6110—Women’s Health System 3.5
COM 6112—Nervous System 2.5
COM 6124—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) IV 2.5
COM 6425—Medical Procedures III 1.0
COM 6426—Medical Procedures IV 1.0
COM 6427—Medical Procedures V 1.5
COM 6870—Interdisciplinary Education and Professionalism II 2.5
TOTAL: 28.5
M2 (Second Year Student) Winter Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 5000—Student Wellness 1.0
COM 6001—Principles of Clinical Medicine II 2.0
COM 6045—Business of Medicine 1.0
COM 6090—Geriatrics System 1.5
COM 6107—Musculoskeletal System 2.0
COM 6108—Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine System 2.5
COM 6111—Pediatrics 2.5
COM 6114—Rheumatology System 2.0
COM 6125—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) V 2.0
COM 6155—Emergency Medicine 1.0
COM 6428—Medical Procedures VI 1.0
COM 6429—Medical Procedures VII 1.0
COM 6871—Interdisciplinary Education and Professionalism III 1.5
COM 9300—Medical Spanish (spans 2 years) 1.5
COM 9990—Community Service (spans 2 years) 2.5
TOTAL: 28.5
M2 (Second Year Student) Summer Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 6062—Pediatric Advanced Life Support 1.0
COM 6221—Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1.0
COM 6990—Preclinical Academic Review 3.0
TOTAL: 5.0
Preclinical Electives
course name credit hours
COM 9500—Guided Study 1.0-12.0
COM 9600A—Research 3.0
Predoctoral Fellows Curriculum (One Year Course of Study Each)
course name credit hours
COM 9100—Osteopathic Principles and Practice Fellowship 48.0
COM 9200—Research Fellowship 48.0
TOTAL: 48.0
M3 (Third Year Student) Required Courses
course name course Hours
COM 7005 – Come Home Day I (Fall) 1.0
COM 7006 – Come Home Day II (Winter) 1.0
Total: 2.0
M3 (Third Year Student) Core Clinical Rotations
course name course Hours
COM 7091—Family Medicine I 8.0
COM 7092—Family Medicine II 8.0
COM 7093—Geriatrics 8.0
COM 7094—Psychiatry 8.0
COM 7102—Internal Medicine I 8.0
COM 7103—Internal Medicine II 8.0
COM 7104—General Surgery I 8.0
COM 7105—General Surgery II 8.0
COM 7110—Obstetrics and Gynecology 8.0
COM 7131—Pediatrics I 8.0
COM 7132—Pediatrics II 8.0
Total: 88.0
M3 (Third Year Student) Didactic Courses
course name course Hours
COM 7990—Clinical Board Review Course COMLEX 2CE 3.0
Total: 3.0
M4 (Fourth Year Student) Core Clinical Rotations
course name course Hours
COM 7151—Rural or Urban Underserved Medicine I 8.0
COM 7152—Rural or Urban Underserved Medicine II 8.0
COM 7095—Emergency Medicine 8.0
Total: 24.0
M4 (Fourth Year Student) Required Clinical Rotations
course name course Hours
COM 7153—Rural or Urban Underserved Selective 8.0
COM 8006—Internal Medicine Selective 8.0
Total: 16.0
M4 (Fourth Year Student) Didactic Courses
course name course Hours
COM 8004—Senior Seminar 1.0
Total: 1.0
M4 (Fourth Year Student) Elective Courses
course name course Hours
COM 8000—Elective Courses 48.0
Total: 48.0

Electives may be taken in four-week or two-week increments. No more than four two-week electives may be
taken in the fourth year of study.

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