ACOM’s third- and fourth-year clinical curriculum is delivered throughout the state of Alabama and beyond at community-based hospitals and clinics utilizing a network of physician preceptors with years of experience training osteopathic medical students. Preceptors and clinical training sites implement the curriculum in a manner that balances the learning needs of the students with the educational resources that are available at the site.
Students are assigned to a core clerkship site for their clinical training. The core clerkships for the third year includes Behavioral Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Hospice & Palliative Care, Internal Medicine I & II, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Osteopathic Principles & Practice, and Pediatrics. Students complete the Emergency Medicine clerkship in the fourth year. The remainder of the fourth year is designated for elective clerkships for students to personalize their clinical training. Among the available electives are International Medicine, Pre-Internship: Medicine, Pre-Internship: Surgery, and Wilderness Medicine.
The fourth-year curriculum is intended to build on the foundational experience provided in the third year. These experiences are in settings where more demands for independence can be expected of the senior medical student. Numerous electives allow students to travel to other locations for clerkships in their chosen specialties in preparation for application to residency programs.