After completing the traditional first year medical school curriculum, accelerated students begin the summer of their second year with a newly created ten-week course designed especially for the program entitled “Introduction to Family Medicine.”
During year 2 they complete two “longitudinal value-added” courses:
- Longitudinal Problem Based Family Medicine Seminar, and
- Longitudinal Family Medicine Office Preceptorship.
During year 3, they undertake twelve 4-week hospital-based clerkship rotations normally covered during the third and fourth years of a traditional medical school curriculum. Simultaneously, accelerated students complete other intensive work designed to prepare them as experts in the field of family medicine and primary care, including two additional “longitudinal value-added” courses:
- Longitudinal Family Medicine Clerkship, and
- Longitudinal Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Clerkship.
Summary of the Accelerated D.O./Family Medicine Residency Continuum Curriculum
These courses cover the full 130 weeks of study required in a four-year degree program, plus enhanced training in family medicine. Accelerated students accomplish this in the scope of three years, saving the students a full year of medical school tuition and preparing them for eventual independent practice a year ahead of the traditional curriculum.
Continuity of Clerkships
An additional feature of the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Accelerated D.O./Family Medicine Residency Continuum is the continuity of clerkships in year 3 that comes from its Regional Clinical Campus Program. Five clinical sites, in settings including rural upstate New York, suburban Long Island, and urban New York City, provide integrated longitudinal opportunities for clinical experience that are typically not possible in medical school rotations. These include coordinated hospital-based research, special seminars, and mentor assignments.