About the Program
The Anatomy/OPP Fellowship Program through the Departments of Anatomy and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is designed to expand the educational opportunities for selected students with guided learning experiences in the areas of medical education, research, Osteopathic Principles and Practices, and Anatomy while they assist in all phases of the departments’ operations. An important emphasis of the Fellowship program is to formally train the students in medical education and begin a journey to achieve master’s level experience and preparation to become excellent teachers and faculty.
The Fellow(s) will receive a Master of Science in Adult Education (MSADE) degree, currently offered through a special arrangement with Troy University, as well as a certificate upon completion of the Fellowship and appropriate recognition at graduation.
The duties, benefits, obligations, and expectations of the Anatomy/OPP Fellows include, but are not limited to:
Duties and Benefits
- Assist in lecturing, teaching of practical skills, and/or counseling of the first-, second-, and third-year medical students
- Assist in development and implementation of OMS-III network-wide OPP curriculum
- Develop or participate in research projects with the assistance of the basic science and/or clinical faculty
- Complete a Master of Science in Adult Education (MSADE), currently offered through a special arrangement with Troy University
- Provide clinical services under the supervision of clinical faculty members
- Devote a minimum of forty (40) hours per week to Fellowship activities
- Fellows receive a monthly stipend (currently $1,200/Fellow)
- Fellows receive support to attend national professional training ($1,500/Fellow)
- Fellows are granted a tuition waiver during the fellowship year and one additional year
- One-year program
- Extension of predoctoral training period by twelve months, making the total time between matriculation and graduation five years
- The “term” of the fellowship may begin after successful completion of the OMS-II year, COMLEX Level 1 exam, and when the student is eligible for entry into the clinical years’ curriculum
If an Anatomy/OPP Fellow fails to complete the Fellowship Program, he/she will be required to repay the balance of full tuition and any fees regardless of the date of departure from the fellowship. Any serious extenuating circumstances will be considered such as a medical or financial emergency, maternity, call to active military service, etc. The monthly stipend will be immediately discontinued.
- Demonstrate professionalism as defined by the Standards of Professional Conduct in the ACOM Student Handbook. Unprofessional behavior could result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to a meeting with the program directors, a meeting with the Student Progress Committee, and dismissal from the program.
- Maintain a level of professionalism expected of the ACOM Faculty. Unprofessional behavior could result in disciplinary action detailed in the ACOM Faculty Handbook.
- Verify they have no conflict(s) of interest that may prohibit their professional duties. Fellows are expected to make the program directors aware of any potential conflict(s) of interest that may arise.
- Submit appropriate written requests for excused absences, as defined in the ACOM Student Handbook, for approval to the Associate Dean of Student Services.
- Fellows program schedule will reflect that of the OMS-III class. Fellows will not receive time off in the summer prior to beginning rotations, but holidays during the academic year, including Winter Break and Spring Break, will apply.
- Fellows may be required to travel to core sites for didactic days and other ACOM-related functions as directed by the Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences.
- Fellows may assist the Division of Student Services with interviews, online recruiting, campus tours, etc.
- Fellows are invited to attend weekly APECC meetings.