Preclinical Education (Years 1 and 2)
Starting your Preclinical Education
The goal of instruction at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is to graduate osteopathic physicians and surgeons who offer a holistic approach to practicing family-oriented medicine, with the realization that even medical specialists require a firm understanding of primary care.
All Heritage College medical students begin their medical education with a one week Introduction to Primary Care Medicine course, followed by a five-week Clinical Anatomy Immersion, which comprises anatomy instruction integrated with osteopathic manipulative medicine. Thereafter, learning activities include small group case study discussions, problem-solving workshops, hands-on laboratory sessions, lectures and independent study, with regular assessments varying in format, and opportunities for early clinical experiences beginning in the first year.
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.
The Patient-Centered Continuum curriculum is based on active learning and problem-based learning principles and organizes medical topics into a continuous, integrated student learning process. Student-directed learning and the development of clinical reasoning skills are integral parts of the program. Formally scheduled lecture time is kept to a minimum, and students personally accept a significant amount of responsibility for achieving curricular goals. The PCC provides students with frequent clinical experiences early in the program, the presentation of biomedical science material in the context of clinical case studies, the integration and reinforcement of biomedical sciences during clinical training, and a logical progression of knowledge through the medical school and residency years. The PCC typically accepts up to 24 students each year, however the Heritage College Curriculum Advisory Committee has suspended acceptance of applications and admissions to the Patient-Centered Continuum Curriculum for the Class of 2020.
Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a prestigious program that allows graduate and professional health students the chance to work on service projects that address the social factors that affect health in underserved communities.
Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship
After successfully completing year one of the medical school curriculum, students are invited to apply for the RSAF program. This 10-week summer program provides selected Heritage College students with an introduction to basic science and clinical research and scholarly activities under the guidance of a Heritage College faculty mentor or Heritage College affiliate.