BCOM’S CURRICULUM

BCOM provides a four-year, evidence-based osteopathic medical education program that enables students to acquire the knowledge and competencies required to enter graduate medical education and the practice of osteopathic medicine. The curriculum is applications-based, and integrates medical knowledge, clinical skills and osteopathic principles and practice. Course offerings emphasize knowledge acquisition, problem solving through critical analysis and thought, patientcentered focus, professional demeanor, inter-professional collaboration, and guide the student’s development of a holistic approach to clinical practice. BCOM’s clinical training curriculum is community-based and conducted in its affiliated hospitals and clinics under the supervision of a multispecialty faculty.

PRE-CLINICAL EDUCATION

BCOM’s instructional design utilizes active learning techniques through case discussions, teambased learning, laboratory and skills instruction, and interactive integrative sessions. Individual student preparation is essential and promotes responsibility, intellectual curiosity and stimulates critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are engaged through simulated clinical
experiences, small group sessions and directed study. Evaluations of student performance are based on written exams, competency-based assessments, observational techniques and structured clinical examinations.

OMS I
The systems-based courses required in the first year emphasize basic biomedical science, with clinical correlates. Coursework in osteopathic manipulative techniques, clinical medicine skills, medical informatics, and ethics are presented concomitantly.

OMS II
The systems-based courses in the second curricular emphasize the pathophysiologic and pharmacologic aspects of the biomedical sciences, and provide a foundational education in clinical medicine and disease. At the end of Year Two, students are required to successfully complete the COMLEX-USA® Level 1 national board examination.

CLINICAL EDUCATION
At the conclusion of Years One and Two, or the didactic phase of medical education, students continue to Years Three and Four, or clinical phase of their medical education.

OMS III
Students must complete core rotations in Year Three that include the following clinical experiences: Family Medicine (2 blocks), Internal Medicine (2 blocks), Surgery (2 blocks), Pediatrics (1 block), Obstetrics and Gynecology (1 block), and Psychiatry (1block). Additionally students must complete the longitudinal Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine V course. Students will have one block designated for an elective experience. One four-week block, which grants no curricular credit, will be designated to prepare for the COMLEX-USA® Level 2 national board exams. A sample course schedule for Year Three is provided below. The actual sequence of rotations will vary for each student.

The COMLEX-USA® Level 2-CE and Level 2-PE examinations may be completed anytime following successful completion of the COMLEX-USA® Level 1 exam. Student must receive a passing score on both components of the COMLEX-USA® Level 2 to be eligible for graduation.

CLINICAL EDUCATION
At the conclusion of Years One and Two, or the didactic phase of medical education, students continue to Years Three and Four, or clinical phase of their medical education.

OMS IV
During Year Four of the curriculum, students must complete a core clerkship in Emergency Medicine (1 block), a longitudinal Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine VI course, and a minimum of nine (9) elective clerkships. Elective clerkships may be completed at any location within or outside of the BCOM network of clerkships. All out-of-network clerkship experiences must be reviewed, approved, and credentialed by the Office of Clinical Education. Non-clinical elective options are available with the approval by the Office of Clinical Education. A sample course schedule for Year Four is provided below. The actual rotation sequence will vary for each student.

Year One

OMS I
The systems-based courses required in the first year emphasize basic biomedical science, with clinical correlates. Coursework in osteopathic manipulative techniques, clinical medicine skills, medical informatics, and ethics are presented concomitantly.

Year Two

OMS II
The systems-based courses in the second curricular emphasize the pathophysiologic and pharmacologic aspects of the biomedical sciences, and provide a foundational education in clinical medicine and disease. At the end of Year Two, students are required to successfully complete the COMLEX-USA® Level 1 national board examination.

Year Three

CLINICAL EDUCATION
At the conclusion of Years One and Two, or the didactic phase of medical education, students continue to Years Three and Four, or clinical phase of their medical education.

OMS III
Students must complete core rotations in Year Three that include the following clinical experiences: Family Medicine (2 blocks), Internal Medicine (2 blocks), Surgery (2 blocks), Pediatrics (1 block), Obstetrics and Gynecology (1 block), and Psychiatry (1block). Additionally students must complete the longitudinal Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine V course. Students will have one block designated for an elective experience. One four-week block, which grants no curricular credit, will be designated to prepare for the COMLEX-USA® Level 2 national board exams. A sample course schedule for Year Three is provided below. The actual sequence of rotations will vary for each student.

The COMLEX-USA® Level 2-CE and Level 2-PE examinations may be completed anytime following successful completion of the COMLEX-USA® Level 1 exam. Student must receive a passing score on both components of the COMLEX-USA® Level 2 to be eligible for graduation.

Year Four

CLINICAL EDUCATION
At the conclusion of Years One and Two, or the didactic phase of medical education, students continue to Years Three and Four, or clinical phase of their medical education.

OMS IV
During Year Four of the curriculum, students must complete a core clerkship in Emergency Medicine (1 block), a longitudinal Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine VI course, and a minimum of nine (9) elective clerkships. Elective clerkships may be completed at any location within or outside of the BCOM network of clerkships. All out-of-network clerkship experiences must be reviewed, approved, and credentialed by the Office of Clinical Education. Non-clinical elective options are available with the approval by the Office of Clinical Education. A sample course schedule for Year Four is provided below. The actual rotation sequence will vary for each student.