Course Sequence
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


Curriculum

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine students learn a holistic approach to health care—treating disease in the context of the whole person. The curriculum emphasizes all body systems with attention to their integration and interaction with the neuromusculoskeletal system.

First- and second-year coursework introduces students to the concept and philosophy of osteopathic medicine as well as the principles of basic and clinical sciences. The curriculum combines lectures, discussion groups, laboratory and other active learning exercises as well as the use of innovative patient simulators and standardized patient actors to provide students with a solid foundation in clinical procedure and practice. Anatomical sciences are taught with emphasis on cadaver dissection. Disciplines such as physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology are taught in an integrated fashion along with clinical medicine within body system-based courses.

In the third and fourth years, students pursue clinical training through rotations at hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. During the clinical clerkship program, students will gain progressive responsibility for all phases of patient care under the direction of experienced physicians.

Download the course catalog for additional details, including course descriptions.


Course Sequence 2016-2017 Academic Year

FIRST YEAR


Term 1 - (Fall)

DO 111G Structural Principles of Osteopathic Medicine 13 Credits
DO 138AG Preventive and Community-Based Medicine I 1 Credit
DO 139AG Osteopathic Principles and Practice I 2 Credits
DO 140AG Primary Care Skills I 2 Credits
DO 100G Interprofessional Approach to Caring for the Community  0 Credits
TOTAL CREDITS
18


Term 2 - (Winter)

DO 121G Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine 14 Credits
DO 138BG
Preventive and Community-Based Medicine II 1 Credit
DO 139BG
Osteopathic Principles and Practice II 2 Credits
DO 140BG
Primary Care Skills II 2 Credits
DO 100G Interprofessional Approach to Caring for the Community  0 Credits 
TOTAL CREDITS
19


Term 3 - (Spring)

DO 130G
Basic and Clinical Neurosciences 14 Credits
DO 133G Emergency Medicine I 1 Credit
DO 138CG
Preventive and Community-Based Medicine III 1 Credit
DO 139CG
Osteopathic Principles and Practice III 2 Credits
DO 140CG
Primary Care Skills III 2 Credits
DO 100G  Interprofessional Approach to Caring for the Community  0 Credits 
TOTAL CREDITS
20

SECOND YEAR


Term 1 - (Fall)

DO 134G Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Medicine 12 Credits
DO 144G Clinical Reasoning in Basic Sciences I 1 Credit
DO 214G Musculoskeletal/Skin I 2 Credits
DO 239AG Osteopathic Principles and Practice IV 2 Credits
DO 240AG Primary Care Skills IV 1 Credit
DO 311G Medical Law 2 Credits
TOTAL CREDITS
20


Term 2 - (Winter)

DO 145G Clinical Reasoning in Basic Sciences II 1 Credit
DO 211G
Basic and Clinical Endocrinology 3 Credits
DO 212G
Gastroenterology 4 Credits
DO 213G
Reproductive and Genitourinary Sciences 6 Credits
DO 214AG
Musculoskeletal/Skin II 2 Credits
DO 239BG
Osteopathic Principles and Practice V 2 Credits
DO 240BG
Primary Care Skills V 1 Credit
TOTAL CREDITS
19


Term 3 - (Spring)

DO 146G
Comprehensive Basic Science Review and Synthesis 1 Credit
DO 215G Psychiatry 2 Credits
DO 232G
Surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT 2 Credits
DO 233G
Life Stages: Geriatrics and Pediatrics 2 Credits
DO 235G
Emergency Medicine II 2 Credits
DO 239CG
Osteopathic Principles and Practice VI 2 Credits
DO 240CG
Primary Care Skills VI 1 Credit
TOTAL CREDITS
12
TOTAL CREDITS FIRST & SECOND YEAR
108

CLINICAL CLERKSHIP - THIRD YEAR


Rotation

Advanced Clinical Skills* 17 Credits
Family Medicine 17 Credits
General Internal Medicine 17 Credits
General Surgery 17 Credits
Internal Medicine Selective 17 Credits
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 Credits
OMM/Family Medicine 17 Credits
Pediatrics 17 Credits
Psychiatry 17 Credits
Surgery Selective 17 Credits
Internal Medicine - Ambulatory 17 Credits
   
*Includes non-credit American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course completion, required for graduation.  

CLINICAL CLERKSHIP - FOURTH YEAR


Rotation

Adult Geriatric Medicine 17 Credits
Electives (6) 102 Credits
Internal Medicine Elective 17 Credits
Underserved/Rural Family Medicine (2) 34 Credits
Surgery Elective 17 Credits
Emergency Medicine 17 Credits
   
Each 17 credit rotation requires 240 contact hours.  
   
Other than in electives, fourth year rotations contain a component of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.