UNE’s integrated interdisciplinary curriculum is delivered over the first two years through semester-long longitudinal courses titled Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) and Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS). The courses run in parallel within common clinical frameworks with frequent integration between the courses.

Year 1 Courses

Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IA – 14 Credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IA occurs in the first semester of year 1. It has a multidisciplinary design to introduce medical science knowledge in a clinical framework that underpins the practice of osteopathic medicine. The OMK IA curriculum integrates the biomedical and clinical sciences, focusing on a different patient presentation each week. The overall aim is to introduce the student to critical thinking and allow the first-year osteopathic medical student to integrate and apply this knowledge in the solution of clinical problems. Additionally, the student develops collaborative and team-based skills and attitudes that support continual acquisition of medical knowledge.

Osteopathic Clinical Skills IA — 14 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IA also occurs in the first semester of year 1. It is a one-semester course that integrates physician skills, and imaging with gross and microscopic anatomy.  Learners begin the transformation into student physicians who demonstrate superior clinical skills, medical professionalism, and embody empathetic, patient centered medical care in preparation for clinical clerkship training. OCS IA provides students with a solid knowledge of clinical anatomy as the basis for competent and safe performance of physical examination and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM); instructs learners in the art and skill of medical history taking; provides an understanding of human structure and function; allows students to begin to acquire a knowledge base leading to skilled differential diagnosis; and represents the foundation of osteopathic knowledge and skills that will be developed longitudinally throughout the learner’s medical education and practice.

Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IB — 14 credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IB occurs in the second semester of year 1 and is a one-semester course which is a continuation of OMK IA and builds on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed by the medical scholar in the earlier course.

Osteopathic Clinical Skills IB — 14 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IB occurs in the second semester of year 1 and is a one-semester course which continues the transformation of learners into student physicians who demonstrate superior clinical skills, medical professionalism, and embody empathetic, patient-centered care. OCS IB is a continuation of OCS IA and builds on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed by the medical scholar in that course.

Year 2 Courses

Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IIA — 16 credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IIA occurs in the first semester of year 2 and is a one-semester course that integrates foundational underlying biomedical scientific principles with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address most common and/or important patient presentations. This course uses structured learning activities including interactive and didactic presentations, case study discussions, laboratory sessions, panel discussions, and ‘grand rounds’ conferences in order to reinforce and expand the student’s understanding of critical biomedical and clinical elements of health care explored in previous courses. The osteopathic principles of body­-mind­-spirit integration, structure­-function relationship, and the body's inherent ability to self-­regulate, heal, and maintain health, are prominent themes in the course content.

Osteopathic Clinical Skills IIA — 12 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IIA occurs in the first semester of year 2 and is a one-semester course that serves as a continuation of OCS IB. The course is designed to reinforce and expand the student’s knowledge and osteopathic clinical skills to ensure safe and competent practice during clinical training rotations in Years 3 and 4. OCS IIA introduces the student to more advanced methods of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and advances the integration of key concepts into the clinical practice of primary care. Learning activities parallel topics and areas of focus of the OMK II series of courses and include standardized patient experiences, osteopathic manual medicine skills sessions, geriatric mentors with seniors, clinical skills assessment, and differential diagnosis.

Osteopathic Medical Knowledge IIB — 16 credits
Osteopathic Medical Knowledge (OMK) IIB occurs in the second semester of year 2 and is a one-semester course that continues the integration of the prior OMK courses. OMK IIB expands and advances foundational underlying biomedical scientific principles with the most common and/or important patient presentations related to a variety of body systems.

Osteopathic Clinical Skills IIB — 12 credits
Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) IIB occurs in the second semester of year 2 and is a one-semester course that builds on knowledge, skills, and attitudes obtained in previous courses while applying more advanced concepts in clinical diagnostic, therapeutic, and treatment regimens. This course completes students’ pre-clinical training and facilitates their development into exceptional third-year medical students.

The following tables provide a more detailed view of the UNE COM courses in years 1 and 2:

Year 1 Curriculum 

Blocks 1-5

OMK IA — 14 Credits  and OMK IB — 14 Credits

The integrated course includes: Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Microbiology (Bacteriology, Virology, Immunology, and Parasitology), Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Medical Ethics and Legal Aspects of Medicine, Preventative Medicine and Public Health, Evidence-based Medicine, Ethics, Professionalism, Interprofessional Education, and Research

OCS IA — 14 credits and OCS IB — 14 credits

The integrated course includes: Anatomy (including Embryology and Histology), Osteopathic Principles and Practice, Clinical Skills, Physical and Differential Diagnosis, Preventative Medicine and Public Health, Standardized Patient Experiences, Simulation Experiences, Clinical Experiences (or Preceptorship), Ethics, Professionalism, Interprofessional Education, and Humanities

Year 2 Curriculum
Systems 1-6

OMK IIA — 16 credits | OMK IIB — 16 credits

The integrated course includes: Neuroanatomy, Psychiatry, Hematology, Oncology, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Gastrointestinal, Nephrology, Urology, Reproductive (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Endocrinology, Musculoskeletal, Dermatology, and longitudinal integration of Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Infectious Disease, Radiology, Differential Diagnosis and Case Based Learning, Medical Ethics and Legal Aspects of Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Health Policy, Public Health, Interprofessional Education, Research, and Medical Informatics

OCS IIA — 12 credits | OCS IIB — 12 credits

The integrated course includes: Osteopathic Principles and Practice, Clinical Skills, Physical and Differential Diagnosis, Geriatrics Practicum, Clinical Experiences (or Preceptorships), Standardized Patient Experiences, Simulation Experiences, Interprofessional Education, and Humanities

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