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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 at 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 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 Advisor 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

5.5

COM 5061—Medical Physiology I 3.0
COM 5830—Physical Diagnosis I 2.0
COM 5835—Humanism in Medicine I 1.5
COM 5121—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) I 4.0
COM 5800—Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning I 1.5
COM 5080—Basic Life Support

1.0

COM 5802—Tobacco Use and Dependence 1.0
COM 5171—Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Preceptorship I 1.0
TOTAL: 30.5
M1 (First Year Student) Winter Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 5000—Student Wellness 1.0
COM 5061—Medical Physiology II 4.5
COM 5030—Medical Microbiology I

5.5

COM 5031—Medical Microbiology II 1.5
COM 5011—Medical Neuroanatomy 3.0
COM 5840—Physical Diagnosis II 2.0
COM 5122—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) II 3.5
COM 5845—Humanism in Medicine II 2.0
COM 5801—Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning II

1.5

COM 5172—Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Preceptorship II 1.0
TOTAL: 25.5
M1 (First Year Student) Summer Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 5990—Preclinical Medical Science Review 3.0
TOTAL: 3.0
M2 (Second Year Student) Summer Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 6030—Principles of Radiology 1.0
COM 6040—Principles of Pathology 2.0
COM 6050—Principles of Pharmacology 2.0
TOTAL: 5.0
M2 (Second Year Student) Fall Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 6000—Principles of Clinical Medicine I 2.0
COM 6100—Integumentary System 1.5
COM 6101—Hematopoietic and Lymphoreticular System 1.5
COM 6102—Respiratory System 2.5
COM 6103—Cardiovascular System 2.5
COM 6105—Endocrine System 2.0
COM 6106—ECG 1.5
COM 6107—Musculoskeletal System 2.5
COM 6108—Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine 2.0
COM 6173—Interdisciplinary Generalist Curriculum Preceptorship III 1.0
COM 6123—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) III 2.5
COM 6300—Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning III 3.5
TOTAL: 25.5
M2 (Second Year Student) Winter Curriculum
course name credit hours
COM 6001—Principles of Clinical Medicine II 2.0
COM 6005—Medical Jurisprudence 0.5
COM 6090—Geriatrics 1.0
COM 6104—Gastrointestinal System 2.5
COM 6109—Renal/Urinary System 2.5
COM 6110—Women’s Health System 3.5
COM 6111—Pediatrics 2.5
COM 6112—Neurology 2.5
COM 6124—Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) IV 2.5
COM 6301—Foundations and Applications of Clinical Reasoning IV 3.0
COM 9300—Medical Spanish 2.5
COM 9990—Community Service 2.0
TOTAL: 26.5
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
COM 9703—Honors Anatomy 6.5
COM 9704—Honors Neuroanatomy 3.0
COM 9705—Honors Physiology I 3.0
COM 9706—Honors Physiology II 4.5
COM 9707—Honors Histology 3.0
COM 9708—Honors Microbiology I 5.5
COM 9709—Honors Microbiology II 1.5
COM 9710—Honors Biochemistry 5.5
COM 9711—Honors Summer Gross Anatomy Fellowship 4.5
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 7002—Integrated Review I 1.0
COM 7003—Integrated Review II 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/Ambulatory 8.0
COM 7132—Pediatrics/Hospital 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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