Years I and II
The pre-clinical curriculum is a hybrid model utilizing discipline- and system-based delivery. Students are introduced to fundamental scientific concepts in the traditional discipline-based manner, which includes a full first semester of basic foundational sciences and anatomy with cadaver dissection. Professionalism and ethics are introduced in Foundations of Modern Health Care while Primary Clinical Skills (PCS) and Osteopathic Principles & Practice (OPP) give students hands-on experience with physical and structural examination, osteopathic manipulative treatment, and clinical reasoning. Courses are systems-based starting in spring of the first year, concentrating on clinical integration with a patient-centered focus.
This curriculum delivery model is complemented by longitudinal instruction in OPP, high-fidelity patient simulation, and early standardized patient encounters. This blended model continually reinforces the application of learned knowledge into a clinical framework for long-term retention.
|OMS I COURSES (FALL)||OMS II COURSES (FALL)|
Foundations of Modern Health Care I
Osteopathic Principles & Practice I
Primary Clinical Skills I
Foundations of Modern Health Care III
Osteopathic Principles & Practice III
Primary Clinical Skills III
|OMS I COURSES (SPRING)||OMS II COURSES (SPRING)|
Hematology and Lymphatics
Foundations of Modern Health Care II
Osteopathic Principles & Practice II
Primary Clinical Skills II
Foundations of Modern Health Care IV
Osteopathic Principles & Practice IV
Primary Clinical Skills IV
Years III and IV
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 physicians with almost 10 years of osteopathic clinical training experience.
Students are assigned to a core clerkship site for their clinical training. The core curriculum for the third year will include Behavioral Medicine, Internal Medicine (2), General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics and Family Medicine. The remainder of the year is designated for elective clerkships for students to personalize their clinical training.
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 will allow students to travel to locations that offer them the opportunity to develop residency training applications for a successful transition to graduate medical education.