Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Degree
The curriculum in the DO program was designed to address key recommendations from the 2010 Carnegie Report, Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency, which is an important review of the methods and practices of medical education over the last 100 years. A state-of-the-art learning environment, our integrated competency based curriculum, and focus on student learning will prepare the next generation of physicians to have successful careers in all areas of medicine.
As evidence that MU-COM's innovative curriculum is preparing medical students for successful careers in the health care profession, as a December 17, 2015, the Class of 2017's first-time pass rate for COMLEX I was 93.57% compared to the national average of 92.43%. Finally, GME placement rates will be posted here when available.
What does this all mean to you?
First and foremost, the curriculum was developed to focus on your learning. Your biomedical courses have a clinical basis, giving you the understanding of how to integrate the scientific information into patient care and treatment. A variety of teaching methods including lectures, laboratories, case-based seminars, flipped classrooms, podcasts, problem-based learning, team-based learning, and early clinical experiences give you opportunities to truly grasp the material.
Clinical courses occur in each of the four semesters in years one and two. They include hands-on skills laboratory and case-based problem-solving sessions and are integrated with the concurrent biomedical science courses.
Once completing the first two years of biomedical sciences and clinical skills courses, you’ll begin rotating through ‘CORE’ rotations through the third and fourth year. During the third year you will rotate through a number of primary care clinical settings including: family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, radiology, and multiple others in rural, suburban, and urban environments. The first portion of the fourth year will be spent completing the ‘CORE’ rotations, while the nearly 5 months remaining will be spent on elective rotations, which gives you an opportunity to rotate at hospitals where you’d like to complete a residency. It will also give you many opportunities to complete specialty, sub-specialty, and/or clinical internship rotations.
All of this equates to a competent and compassionate osteopathic physician who is prepared to handle the rigors of being a leader in the osteopathic community.