Undergraduate Medical Education

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate Medical Education

Curriculum Overview

Established by act of the Ohio General Assembly in 1975, the Heritage 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.

During their pre-clinical education in years 1 and 2, most students are enrolled in the Clinical Presentation Continuum curriculum, while about 24 students per year 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.

For their clinical education in years 3 and 4, Heritage College students relocate to clinical campus sites. Curricular programs for third- and fourth-year students blend together biomedical sciences, clinical training, medical ethics/humanities, leading-edge technologies, and osteopathic principles and practice.

The education process stretches from pre-clinical to graduate medical education to lifelong learning, with many Heritage College graduates vying for spots in internship and residency programs at Ohio hospitals.