Curriculum


  • The Department of Curricular Affairs has developed a patient-centered, clinical presentation-based curriculum that introduces students to clinical training early in the first year.

    Guiding Principles

    Learn more about our guiding principles for the medical education program leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.

    Curriculum Objectives and Competencies

    KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine has identified select educational objectives that serve as the foundation of the curriculum.

    Professional Enrichment Program

    This one- to two-week program embraces three components essential to the training and development of future physicians: service learning, community service and independent learning.

    Course Descriptions

    See electives, course descriptions and syllabi for the four-year curriculum

    Clinical Experience

    KCUMB provides early clinical training and more than 40 core sites for students to conduct their rotations

    Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities

    KCUMB has two programs that award fellowships to students who have achieved outstanding performance during training.

  • The curriculum at KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) consists of four years of structured training leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Unlike traditional undergraduate and graduate institutions where students register for individual course, the COM curriculum is built on continuum blocks that students take as cohorts (with the exception of course electives). The first two years of the curriculum are classroom oriented with clinical presentation enhancements, covering the foundations of basic and clinical medical sciences. During the third and fourth years of study, students receive advanced clinical training through clerkships in a wide variety of medical settings, both in Kansas City and throughout the United States.

    Year 1 Continuum

    Typical Year Weeks

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    MED 120 MED 119
    MED 121 MED 122
    MED 130 MED 131
    MED 125 MED 126
    MED 123 MED 124

    • MED 110 Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms (3 Weeks)
    • MED 111 Host Defense Mechanisms (2 Weeks)
    • MED 112 Musculoskeletal I (6 Weeks)
    • MED 113 Cardiopulmonary I (5 Weeks)
    • MED 114 Gastrointestinal I (4 Weeks)
    • MED 115 Renal I (3 Weeks)
    • MED 116 Endocrine I (2 Weeks)
    • MED 117 Reproduction and Development I (4 weeks)
    • MED 118 Neuroscience I (6 Weeks)
    • MED 120 Mechanisms of Disease (6 Weeks)
    • MED 119 Microbiology (2 Weeks)

    ECE 001 Early Clinical Experience (non-credit, required)
    This is a non-credit, required course designed to provide students with early clinical exposure during a four-hour shadowing experience completed in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Graded S/U. 

    BCLS Basic Cardiac Life Support (non-credit, required)
    Non-credit. Certification is required to advance to second year of studies. All students must take the KCUMB offered course. Graded S/U. 

    CUM EX I Cumulative Examination I
    This cumulative examination is required at the completion of the first year of academic study and must be passed to progress to the second year of study. This non-credit exam is recorded on the transcript at the end of the second semester of the first year and is posted as S/U.


     

    The curriculum at KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) consists of four years of structured training leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Unlike traditional undergraduate and graduate institutions where students register for individual course, the COM curriculum is built on continuum blocks that students take as cohorts (with the exception of course electives). The first two years of the curriculum are classroom oriented with clinical presentation enhancements, covering the foundations of basic and clinical medical sciences. During the third and fourth years of study, students receive advanced clinical training through clerkships in a wide variety of medical settings, both in Kansas City and throughout the United States.

    Year 2 Continuum

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41
    Neuroscience I Neuroscience II PEP III Skin, Blood and Lymph O
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    PEP V PEP CL
    Osteopathic Clinical Skills III Osteopathic Clinical Skills IV
    Electives Electives Electives

     Clinical Care Practicums
    The Clinical Care Practicum is a clinical experience designed to provide shadowing opportunities for second-year students to further observe skills learned in the first-year curriculum. These skills include taking a medical history, performing a physical exam, and exposure to the business side of medicine in a private practice. Clinical Care Practicums are typically offered during the summer immediately following the conclusion of the first-year curriculum, are variable credit (2-8 credit hours) and are always graded S/U.

     

     

    The curriculum at KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) consists of four years of structured training leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Unlike traditional undergraduate and graduate institutions where students register for individual course, the COM curriculum is built on continuum blocks that students take as cohorts (with the exception of course electives). The first two years of the curriculum are classroom oriented with clinical presentation enhancements, covering the foundations of basic and clinical medical sciences. During the third and fourth years of study, students receive advanced clinical training through clerkships in a wide variety of medical settings, both in Kansas City and throughout the United States

    Year 3 Continuum

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
    FMED 301 FMED 302 IMED 301 IMED 302 OBGY 301 PEDS 301 SURG 301 SURG 302 PSYC 301 Electives

    The curriculum at KCUMB's College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) consists of four years of structured training leading to the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Unlike traditional undergraduate and graduate institutions where students register for individual courses, the COM curriculum is built on continuum blocks that students take as cohorts (with the exception of course electives). The first two years of the curriculum are classroom oriented with clinical presentation enhancements, covering the foundations of basic and clinical medical sciences. During the third and fourth years of study, students receive advanced clinical training through clerkships in a wide variety of medical settings, both in Kansas City and throughout the United States.

    Year 4 Continuum

    Typical Year Weeks

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
    EMED 401 IMED 401 FMED 401 FMED 402 FMED 403 Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective
    Sub-I Sub-I