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.
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 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.
Students will complete six required core clerkships, delivered in nine blocks, as follows: Family Medicine (two blocks required) Internal Medicine (two block required) General Surgery (two block required) Pediatrics (one block required) Obstetrics/Gynecology (one block required) Psychiatry (one block required) Students are required to take one block (one month) as a vacation month, and one block as an elective month. The elective month may be used as a study month to prepare for the COMLEX II Exam.