Preclinical Education (Years 1 and 2)
Starting your Preclinical Education
HCOM and the Pathways to Health and Wellness curriculum commits to: provide a clinically integrated, learning-centered, osteopathic medical education continuum for students, interns, residents and primary care associates; embrace diversity and public service; and improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.
All Heritage College medical students begin their medical education with Osteopathic Approach to Patient Care 1, which focuses on Wellness. Each week, students are provided with learning objectives, outcomes and preparatory materials to direct study, activate prior experience and knowledge, and identify areas for growth. Educational topics to be emphasized are identified and presented via a patient case and guide the integrated learning activities throughout the week. Activities include integrated learning labs, osteopathic patient care skills, simulated experiences and early clinical experiences. A reporting phase will allow for reflection and assimilation in a small group format.
The Clinical Presentation Continuum curriculum consists of two course tracks: medical knowledge and clinical skills. Medical knowledge courses are organized around clinical presentations that reflect common and/or important patient encounters in primary care medicine, with the clinical presentations grouped together around organ systems. Clinical skills coursework covers the fundamentals of patient care, including hands-on labs and live patient encounters.In both the medical knowledge and clinical skills courses, students are given an extensive list of specific faculty-identified learning topics that provide explicit direction to guide student study. The CPC emphasizes learning in a clinical context and strives to encourage active, engaged and independent learning to prepare students for a career of lifelong learning. The CPC curriculum accommodates 100 percent of the entering Class of 2020.
Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities
Primary Care Associateship
Primary Care Associates (PCAs) spend an additional year on their medical education, during which time they are teaching, tutoring and mentoring first- and second-year medical students; enriching their clinical skills and experiences in primary care and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) clinics; and developing a scholarly project for publication and/or presentation at a national conference.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Associateship
This fellowship further develops OMM skills and has prepared past participants for careers as OMM specialists for academic medicine. OMM Associates receive fee waivers, tuition waivers and a stipend for their efforts.
Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship
Under the guidance of the mentor, students conduct intensive short-term (10-week) research projects in selected areas of basic, primary care, medical education, or clinical investigation. Students will attend a core curriculum consisting of seminars on broad topics in medical research. They will complete a poster describing their research to be presented after the conclusion of the summer program.