The College of Osteopathic Medicine offers incoming students a choice of two curricular options:
An innovative Lecture-Discussion Based (LDB) track that integrates the biomedical and clinical sciences along continuous didactic ‘threads’ delivered according to a systems based approach
- A problem-based curriculum, the Doctor Patient Continuum (DPC), whose cornerstone is small-group, casebased learning.
The two curricular tracks differ significantly in that the LDB track emphasizes faculty-directed learning activities, whereas the DPC track encourages students to assume a greater role in directing their own learning. The pathways are similar in that during the first two years, certain subjects, notably Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Anatomy, Doctor Patient Relationship (DPR), and the Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine are shared by both LDB and DPC students. During years three and four, required and elective clinical rotations are the same for students in both tracks.
Both curricular tracks demand that the student be an active learner, fully participating in the the complete academic process.