Office of Academic Programs
Our MissionAs faculty and staff of the Office of Academic Programs, our mission is to support the ongoing improvement of the curriculum through planning, implementation and evaluation, and to encourage self-directed and self-regulated learning in COM's students, faculty and staff through creativity, resourcefulness and flexibility.
D.O. Program CurriculumT
he Office of Academic Programs has oversight responsibility for the four-year curriculum, which is presented at two levels of study: the preclerkship program, which involves the first seven semesters of study in years one and two, and the clerkship program, which involves a base hospital assignment in years three and four at one of 25 affiliated hospital training sites throughout Michigan.
- 2 Semesters of basic science, including anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, and pharmacology.
- 4 Semesters of body systems courses, including integumentary, neuromusculoskeletal, hematopoietic, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive.
- Each semester is supplemented with longitudinal courses: Osteopathic Patient Cares, the Young and the Aging, and Osteopathic Manipulative medicine
- Required 40 weeks to be completed in the third year in 4 week blocks, including ambulatory family medicine, ambulatory internal medicine, ambulatory or in-patient pediatrics, in-patient internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, and emergency medicine, and anesthesia and radiology.
- Students are required to complete 8 additional weeks, 4 in internal medicine based rotation, and 4 in surgical specialty based rotation as they select.
- The fourth year consists of 36 weeks of selective and elective rotations.