The primary mission of BCOM’s medical curriculum is to produce osteopathic physicians who will reflect excellence in their practice and provide quality, patient-centered care. The curriculum integrates foundational biomedical and clinical knowledge, instills the principles and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, and teaches and nurtures the necessary skills graduates require to enter and succeed in any field of graduate medical education. BCOM’s clinical training curriculum is community-based in core hospitals and clinics, and provides for student education under the preceptorship of credentialed medical educator faculty.

BCOM’s curriculum employs an integrated, systems-based, application-oriented approach, and is designed to ensure graduates possess the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to be successful osteopathic physicians. This is accomplished using several educational approaches, including:

  • Traditional lectures
  • Interactive integrative sessions (using electronic response systems)
  • Laboratory and skills instruction
  • Active learning utilizing adult and interactive techniques
  • Team-based learning
  • Large & small group sessions
  • Directed study assignments
  • Clinical case presentations

This variety of pedagogical approaches emphasizes individual student responsibility, and promotes an intellectual curiosity in students. The specific learning formats foster comprehension and application of knowledge, competency in osteopathic philosophy, development of clinical skills, and the stimulation of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The systems-based courses offered in the first curricular year emphasize basic biomedical science, with clinical correlates emphasizing the relevance of this information. Basic courses in osteopathic manipulative technique and clinical medicine and skills, including medical informatics, ethics, and medical Spanish are presented concomitantly.

CURRICULUM – YEAR I

Biomedically oriented courses are comprised of the traditional disciplines of biochemistry, cell & molecular biology, gross anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, immunology, pharmacology and genetics, and are presented in an integrated structure organized by physiologic systems. Clinically oriented courses include basic clinical skills, osteopathic philosophy & manipulative skills, high fidelity medical simulations, standardized patient encounters, and early clinical experiences (shadowing). The first curricular year culminates with a course in the pathologic basis of disease, which prepares and helps transition students to the more clinically-oriented second-year curriculum.

The systems-based courses offered in the second curricular year emphasize the pathophysiologic and pharmacologic aspects of the basic biomedical sciences, and provide a foundational education in clinical medicine and disease.

CURRICULUM – YEAR II

The biomedically-oriented themes of Year One are replaced with clinically-oriented topics encompassing the clinical disciplines of nephrology, cardiology, pulmonology, immunology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neuromusculoskeletal medicine, neurology, and psychiatry. The basic clinical courses commenced in year 1 (clinical practice skills, osteopathic principles and practice) are continued at a level consistent with, and topically correlated to, the clinical topics presented in the systems courses. A course in Pediatrics provides instruction in areas where medical practice in children contrasts importantly from adults. The second curricular year culminates with a review/overview course (Pathophysiologic Overview of Medicine) in preparation for the COMLEX I national board exam.

CURRICULUM – YEAR III

Sequence of Clerkships shown is exemplary of required Core Clerkships. Actual sequence will vary for each student.
The Study block is mandatory study time for the COMLEX II CE & PE Exams, which must be taken no earlier than May of the 3rd curricular year, and no later than December of the 4th curricular year.  A maximum of 1 Elective Clerkship block (in both Clinical Years) may be used for nonclinical electives, such as advanced anatomy or research.  (Any non-clinical elective must be approved by the Office of Clinical Education at least 6 weeks prior to commencing that non-clinical elective.)  The Elective Clerkship block in Curricular Year 3 may, with permission, be used as a mandatory vacation month. For purposes of Financial Aid, vacation must be scheduled to maintain a student’s full-time status during each semester of Years 3 and 4.

CURRICULUM – YEAR IV

Sequence of the 4th year Core (Emergency Medicine) Clerkship as shown is exemplary. Actual sequence will vary for each student. In addition to the ICE (Introduction to Clinical Experience) course, a minimum of seventeen (17) clerkship blocks must be successfully completed to qualify for graduation.
Elective Clerkship options are variable, and may be completed at any U.S. location (must be approved and credentialed by BCOM). Electives may be at core BCOM sites, or at non-core sites.  A maximum of 1 Elective Clerkship block (in both Clinical Years) may be used for nonclinical electives, such as advanced anatomy or research. (Any non-clinical elective must be approved by the Office of Clinical Affairs at least 6 weeks prior to commencing that non-clinical elective.)  One Elective Clerkship block in Curricular Year 4 must, with permission, be used as a mandatory vacation month. For purposes of Financial Aid, vacation must be scheduled to maintain a student’s full-time status during each semester of Years 3 and 4.

At BCOM, osteopathic distinctiveness and commitment to the tenets of osteopathic medicine are evidenced throughout the curriculum. Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) are at the core of all four years of pre-doctoral education. In the first two curricular years, OPP/OMT is integrated with coursework in the basic and clinical sciences. Students spend time in the classroom and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) skills lab learning somatic dysfunction and treatment modalities. During the first curricular year, students concentrate on the correlation of the anatomy and physiology presented in the basic science curriculum to the first three tenets of osteopathic medicine; body unity, interrelationship of structure and function, and the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. The correct application of OMT in clinical conditions becomes the emphasis of the second year curriculum. Focus turns to the fourth tenet of osteopathic medicine; rational treatment being a function of the first three tenets. In curricular years three and four students engage in an ongoing OMM curriculum comprised of review of clinical cases and application of OMT concurrent to clerkship coursework. This curriculum is delivered via on-line didactic activities and group sessions scheduled at BCOM’s regional clinical hub sites. The fourth tenet of osteopathic medicine, that rational treatment is based on, and a function of, the first three tenets is emphasized through on-going instruction in proper application of OMT in the clinical setting. A clerkship rotation in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM) will be available through the NMM Residency program (currently under development in conjunction with Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces) to those students wishing to continue studies in this field.

Year One

The systems-based courses offered in the first curricular year emphasize basic biomedical science, with clinical correlates emphasizing the relevance of this information. Basic courses in osteopathic manipulative technique and clinical medicine and skills, including medical informatics, ethics, and medical Spanish are presented concomitantly.

CURRICULUM – YEAR I

Biomedically oriented courses are comprised of the traditional disciplines of biochemistry, cell & molecular biology, gross anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, immunology, pharmacology and genetics, and are presented in an integrated structure organized by physiologic systems. Clinically oriented courses include basic clinical skills, osteopathic philosophy & manipulative skills, high fidelity medical simulations, standardized patient encounters, and early clinical experiences (shadowing). The first curricular year culminates with a course in the pathologic basis of disease, which prepares and helps transition students to the more clinically-oriented second-year curriculum.

Year Two

The systems-based courses offered in the second curricular year emphasize the pathophysiologic and pharmacologic aspects of the basic biomedical sciences, and provide a foundational education in clinical medicine and disease.

CURRICULUM – YEAR II

The biomedically-oriented themes of Year One are replaced with clinically-oriented topics encompassing the clinical disciplines of nephrology, cardiology, pulmonology, immunology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neuromusculoskeletal medicine, neurology, and psychiatry. The basic clinical courses commenced in year 1 (clinical practice skills, osteopathic principles and practice) are continued at a level consistent with, and topically correlated to, the clinical topics presented in the systems courses. A course in Pediatrics provides instruction in areas where medical practice in children contrasts importantly from adults. The second curricular year culminates with a review/overview course (Pathophysiologic Overview of Medicine) in preparation for the COMLEX I national board exam.

Year Three

CURRICULUM – YEAR III

Sequence of Clerkships shown is exemplary of required Core Clerkships. Actual sequence will vary for each student.
The Study block is mandatory study time for the COMLEX II CE & PE Exams, which must be taken no earlier than May of the 3rd curricular year, and no later than December of the 4th curricular year.  A maximum of 1 Elective Clerkship block (in both Clinical Years) may be used for nonclinical electives, such as advanced anatomy or research.  (Any non-clinical elective must be approved by the Office of Clinical Education at least 6 weeks prior to commencing that non-clinical elective.)  The Elective Clerkship block in Curricular Year 3 may, with permission, be used as a mandatory vacation month. For purposes of Financial Aid, vacation must be scheduled to maintain a student’s full-time status during each semester of Years 3 and 4.

Year Four

CURRICULUM – YEAR IV

Sequence of the 4th year Core (Emergency Medicine) Clerkship as shown is exemplary. Actual sequence will vary for each student. In addition to the ICE (Introduction to Clinical Experience) course, a minimum of seventeen (17) clerkship blocks must be successfully completed to qualify for graduation.
Elective Clerkship options are variable, and may be completed at any U.S. location (must be approved and credentialed by BCOM). Electives may be at core BCOM sites, or at non-core sites.  A maximum of 1 Elective Clerkship block (in both Clinical Years) may be used for nonclinical electives, such as advanced anatomy or research. (Any non-clinical elective must be approved by the Office of Clinical Affairs at least 6 weeks prior to commencing that non-clinical elective.)  One Elective Clerkship block in Curricular Year 4 must, with permission, be used as a mandatory vacation month. For purposes of Financial Aid, vacation must be scheduled to maintain a student’s full-time status during each semester of Years 3 and 4.

Osteopathic Focus

At BCOM, osteopathic distinctiveness and commitment to the tenets of osteopathic medicine are evidenced throughout the curriculum. Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) are at the core of all four years of pre-doctoral education. In the first two curricular years, OPP/OMT is integrated with coursework in the basic and clinical sciences. Students spend time in the classroom and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) skills lab learning somatic dysfunction and treatment modalities. During the first curricular year, students concentrate on the correlation of the anatomy and physiology presented in the basic science curriculum to the first three tenets of osteopathic medicine; body unity, interrelationship of structure and function, and the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. The correct application of OMT in clinical conditions becomes the emphasis of the second year curriculum. Focus turns to the fourth tenet of osteopathic medicine; rational treatment being a function of the first three tenets. In curricular years three and four students engage in an ongoing OMM curriculum comprised of review of clinical cases and application of OMT concurrent to clerkship coursework. This curriculum is delivered via on-line didactic activities and group sessions scheduled at BCOM’s regional clinical hub sites. The fourth tenet of osteopathic medicine, that rational treatment is based on, and a function of, the first three tenets is emphasized through on-going instruction in proper application of OMT in the clinical setting. A clerkship rotation in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM) will be available through the NMM Residency program (currently under development in conjunction with Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces) to those students wishing to continue studies in this field.