WCUCOM Curriculum

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

The pre-clerkship curriculum includes a total of four semesters, two semesters in the OMS 1 year and two in the OMS 2 year. Students are immersed in introductory basic science concepts and develop skills in physical examination, doctor-patient interactions, and osteopathic principles and practice. Courses provide integrated presentations of basic and behavioral science concepts and also the clinical aspects of osteopathic medical education. Students are required to master clinical skills associated with their clinical science courses each semester by engaging in a variety of integrated clinical experiences (e.g., simulation, surrogate and standardized patient encounters, case-based learning scenarios).

Courses follow a developmental sequence in that foundational courses (e.g., Clinical Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Histology, Medical Biochemistry) provide the anatomic and cellular/molecular underpinnings of the science of medicine taught through clinically relevant application. The OMS 2 year continues with expanded integration of the basic and clinical sciences, with increased opportunities for self-directed learning and self-assessment.

First Year - OMS1                                               

The first semester of Year 1 is heavily focused on the biomedical sciences critical to success as a physician. Also integrated throughout Year 1 are Osteopathic Principles and Practice, professionalism, and primary care skills courses. The semester begins with the fundamentals of clinical anatomy and genetics along with a block course focused on introductory physiology, histology, and biochemistry presented within a cardiovascular, renal and respiratory system framework.  The spring semester of Year 1 continues with coverage of clinical anatomy, Osteopathic Principles and Practice, professionalism, and the primary care skills courses.  An integrated course block focuses on physiology, biochemistry, and histology in relation to the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and nervous systems.

OMS 1
CURRICULUM 2013-2014

 

Course

 

Course
Number

 

Credit
Hours

Contemporary Foundations of Medicine

 

6100

 

3

Medical Genetics

 

6111

 

2

Clinical Anatomy I

 

6131

 

6

Clinical Anatomy II

 

6132

 

6

General Pathology 

 

6142

 

2

Medical Physiology I

 

6151

 

4

Medical Physiology II

 

6152

 

5

Histology I

 

6161

 

2

Histology II

 

6162

 

1

Medical Biochemistry I

 

6171

 

2

Medical Biochemistry II

 

6172

 

3

Doctoring Skills I

 

7121

 

1

Doctoring Skills II

 

7122

 

1

Osteopathic Principles & Practice I

 

7151

 

2

Osteopathic Principles & Practice II

 

7152

 

2

TOTAL

 

 

 

42

 

Second Year – OMS 2

The second-year curriculum is organized around systems-based content. Integrated courses include clinical medicine, pharmacology, pathology, neural and behavioral sciences, and OP&P. Professionalism and interpersonal communication continues with integration through all case-based learning sessions and standardized patient encounters. The semester concludes with a formal preparatory time for COMLEX Level I examination. Instruction in OP&P continues weekly throughout every year of the medical school curriculum, including integration within case-based learning cases and many standardized patient encounters.

OMS 2
CURRICULUM 2013-2014

 

Course

 

Course
Number

 

Credit
Hours

General Pathology 

 

6221

 

     2

Systemic Pathology I

 

6222

 

     4

Systemic Pathology II

 

6223

 

     4

Neural and Behavioral Sciences I

 

6231

 

     2

Neural and Behavioral Sciences II

 

6232

 

     2

Medical Microbiology I

 

6261

 

     3

Medical Microbiology II

 

6262

 

     3

Pharmacology I

 

6271

 

     3

Pharmacology II

 

6272

 

     3

Osteopathic Principles & Practice III

 

7253

 

     2

Osteopathic Principles & Practice IV

 

7254

 

     2

Clinical Science I

 

7291

 

     7

Clinical Science II

 

7292

 

   11

TOTAL

 

 

 

   48

 

Clerkship Curriculum

The clinical clerkship curriculum leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree is a 20-month program designed to educate and equip osteopathic physicians with skills necessary to enable them to enter graduate medical education programs. The curriculum is designed to support the WCUCOM mission and emphasizes primary care.  In the third and fourth years, students learn patient care and develop clinical technical skills and serve as members of a medical team. Students spend time with clinical faculty at regional hub sites throughout the Gulf South. A “hub-site” must have at least one accredited full-service hospital and may also contain critical access hospitals, public and private clinics, and individual practitioners. Travel time between facilities within a hub-site is limited to 60 minutes to minimize the amount that travel encroaches on student study time or contributes to student fatigue. Hub sites provide access to a library (virtual or real space), study space, sleeping space (if needed for call), computer access, and Internet access. The first 12 months of the clerkship experience occurs at a single hub site whenever possible. Clerkship rotations provide increased continuity in training and offer students experience working with a variety of allied health professionals.  

Third Year – OMS 3

During the third year, students become competent in patient care delivery through enrollment in the following required clinical rotations:

  • Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery
  • OBGYN/Women’s Health
  • Mental Health

Basic procedures are demonstrated and practiced by students in each area of study. Students learn about the standard operating procedures of the hospital and office practice.  Clerkship rotations provide increased continuity in training and offer students experience working with a variety of allied health professionals.

Fourth Year – OMS 4

In the fourth year, a primary purpose of instruction is to help students apply the didactic background and preliminary clinical training to more intensive clinical experiences. Students are given greater patient-care responsibilities than in the OMS 3 year but remain under the direct supervision of a resident or attending physician.  During this year, they are allowed to select their own curriculum. This allows the students to foster interests that have developed regarding a given specialty or to shore up areas of their knowledge that they would like to strengthen.  They select 4 rotations in medical specialties, such as cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general internal medicine, geriatrics, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, pulmonology and medical critical care. An additional 4 rotations must incorporate surgical specialties, such as orthopedics, ophthalmology, neurological surgery, urology, or trauma surgery.  Students may elect to perform these rotations in any area of the country. 

OMS3 - OMS4
CURRICULUM 2013-2014

 

OMS Year

 

Course

Specialty Number

 

How approved

No. (#) months

Course
Number

Credit Hours

OMS 3

Family Medicine 1

10

Required and Assigned

  1

7311

  8

OMS 3

Family Medicine 2

10

Required and Assigned

  1

7312

  8

OMS3

Family Medicine 3

10

Required and Assigned

  1

7313

  8

OMS 3

ER Medicine 1

20

Required and Assigned

  1

7321

  8

OMS 3

ER Medicine 2

20

Required and Assigned

  1

7322

  8

OMS 3

Internal Medicine 1

30

Required and Assigned

  1

7331

  8

OMS 3

Internal Medicine 2

30

Required and Assigned

  1

7332

  8

OMS 3

Pediatrics

40

Required and Assigned

  1

7341

  8

OMS 3

General Surgery 1

50

Required and Assigned

  1

7351

  8

OMS 3

General Surgery 2

50

Required and Assigned

  1

7352

  8

OMS 3

OBGYN/ Women's Health

60

Required and Assigned

  1

7361

  8

OMS 3

Mental Health

70

Required and Assigned

  1

7371

  8

OMS 3

Patient Care and OMT competency

 

Required and Assigned

 

7381

  1

OMS 4

Elective I

10

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8001

  8

OMS 4

Elective II

10

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8004

  8

OMS 4

Elective III

10

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8007

  8

OMS 4

Elective IV

10

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8010

  8

OMS 4

Elective V

20

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8013

  8

OMS 4

Elective VI

20

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8016

  8

OMS 4

Elective VII

20

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8019

  8

OMS 4

Elective VIII

20

Associate Dean Clinical Sciences Approval

  1

8022

  8

Total

 

 

 

20

 

161