Osteopathic Medicine Education
There are currently 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 49 teaching locations in 32 states.
Osteopathic medical students take courses in anatodmy, physiology, microbiology, histology, osteopathic principles aend practices (including osteopathic manipulative medicine), pharmacology, clinical skills, doctor/patient communication, and systems courses that focus on each major system of the body such as cardiology, respiratory, genitourinary, etc.
Many osteopathic colleges have students assigned to work with physicians beginning early in the first year. This process continues throughout the second year in conjunction with the necessary science courses. In the third and fourth years, osteopathic medical students spend time learning about and exploring the major specialties in medicine.
One unique aspect of the osteopathic student’s education is how these rotations are conducted in community hospitals and physicians’ offices across the country. Because few osteopathic colleges have their own hospitals, the schools partner with community hospitals across the country to deliver the third and fourth year curriculum as well as internship and residency training. This model of medical education developed by the osteopathic profession has been touted as the new model for all medical education. Current pilot studies are being developed on a national level to evaluate this model of medical education.