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Educational Objectives of the DO/PhD Program

Educational Objectives: 

Upon completion of the Program, the DO/PhD scholar-practitioner will be able to:


a.             Demonstrate a strong knowledge base in cellular and molecular biology and advanced skills in scientific research methods.

b.             Independently produce original research through the conduct of scientific experimentation that will add new knowledge to their field of study.  The student will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of scientific method and experimental design and will be capable of designing and supervising research protocols.

c.             Access, analyze and conduct scholarly critiques of scientific literature.  The student will be able to critically analyze and synthesize a body of literature that will lead to new understandings of the knowledge in their field.

d.             Effectively utilize the relevant technology in their field and demonstrate advanced ability to utilize technology in scholarly work, including the search of literature, collection of data, and statistical processing of data.

e.             Communicate scientific findings in written and oral presentation.


Years 1 and 2 of the Program consists of the osteopathic medical curriculum which includes an introductory research orientation.  Years 3, 4, and 5 of the Program consists of the PhD didactic courses at USciences and the main research component of the Program which may be done on the PCOM or the USciences campus.  In Years 3-5, students will also maintain their clinical skills by continuous enrollment in a clinical skills enhancement program (CSE) at PCOM. 


The DO clinical clerkship curriculum comprises years 6 and 7 of the program.