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Program Overview

Strategic Plan

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine approved a three-year strategic plan in 2017.

To view the strategic plan (pdf), please click here.

MSUCOM is now seeking comments on a draft strategic plan. The draft has incorporated input from stakeholders. To obtain further comments on the draft, a survey has been provided to MSUCOM students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

To view the draft strategic plan (pdf), please click here.

Mission and Vision

The mission of MSUCOM is “Preparing physicians in the science of medicine, the art of caring and the power of touch with a world view open to all people.”  
The College’s vision is “To provide world class osteopathic medical education, student service, and research to foster community engagement and patient-centered medical care.” 

Program Objectives

The objectives of the four year course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine are based upon the core competencies of the osteopathic profession and support the mission and vision of MSUCOM.

Core Competencies

The seven core competencies of the osteopathic profession include medical knowledge, patient care, communication, professionalism, practice based learning, systems based practice, and osteopathic principles and practice (OPP) and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). The four-year curriculum provides education, training and assessment to ensure each student develops competency in these domains.

Program Level Educational Objectives

The Program Level Education Objectives expand upon the core competencies by explaining the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors (KSA’s) that osteopathic medical students are expected to attain prior to graduation. MSUCOM faculty have identified and endorsed 34 KSA’s, which are available in the following document:  

Program Level Educational Objectives (KSA’s) (pdf)

Course Catalog

A description of the curriculum, including required and elective courses, may be found in the MSUCOM Course Catalog.

Course Objectives

The objectives of each course promote attainment of the program objectives, and are published in the course syllabi.

Preclerkship Curriculum and syllabi
Clerkship Curriculum and syllabi


Administration and Governance