A physician must - first of all - be capable of problem-solving and have developed an expertise in diagnosis. To achieve this, the curriculum stresses the interdependence of the biological, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. Emphasis is on the education of physicians for primary and specialty care medicine and the specific roles of osteopathic principles in the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. With this approach, practice in problem-solving becomes a part of the daily classroom clinic experience.
The academic program is organized around the basic concepts of osteopathic medicine, and is intended to meet the following goals:
- To accord primacy to the role of the musculoskeletal system in the total body economy.
- To recognize and emphasize the inherent capacity within the total person to ease suffering and maintain health; to educate physicians to cooperate with this inherent therapeutic capacity in their methods of treatment.
The curriculum is divided into two phases:
I. Basic Sciences. In the first and second years, the focus of the program is on the teaching of correlated systems, incorporating basic and clinical sciences in the study of the organ systems of the body. Early clinical exposure in the form of shadowing is available.
II. Clinical Experience. In the third and fourth years, clinical rotations are offered under the direction and supervision of faculty at affiliated medical institutions. In addition to core rotations in Emergency Medicine, Family and Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery, there is a wide range of electives.