Established by act of the Ohio General Assembly in
1975, the College of Osteopathic Medicine was created to help alleviate the
state’s growing shortage of family physicians and to train doctors for
chronically underserved areas. The educational program has been tailored to meet
this legislative mandate.
During their pre-clinical education in
years 1 and 2, most
students are enrolled in the
clinical presentation continuum curriculum, while about 20 percent of
students take part in the
patient-centered continuum curriculum.
Both curricula are designed to reaffirm the college’s dedication to educating
primary care physicians. Both feature early clinical exposure, clinical case
studies, integration of basic sciences during clinical training, and a continuum
of knowledge from year one of medical school through residency training. The
differences in the two curricula are designed to better meet the different
learning styles of individual students.
clinical education in years 3 and 4, OU-HCOM students relocate to one of the
Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) sites. The
established by the college in 1995, is one of the nation’s largest, most
advanced and best supported medical education consortia. The consortium—which
consists of 26 hospitals provides third- and fourth-year students with a medical
education structure that blends together biomedical sciences, clinical training,
medical ethics/humanities, leading-edge technologies, and osteopathic principles
The education process stretches from predoctoral
to graduate medical education to lifelong
learning, with many OU-HCOM graduates vying for spots in internship and
residency programs at the CORE hospitals.