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The College of Osteopathic Medicine's curriculum is designed to ensure graduates are able to demonstrate specific skills. The College has identified select educational objectives that serve as the foundation of the curriculum. At a minimum, a graduate must be able to:
In addition, the College of Osteopathic Medicine's curriculum prepares students for graduate medical education. Graduates meet the following minimal competencies:
Competency 1: OSTEOPATHIC PHILOSOPHY AND OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE MEDICINE
Graduates are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge of accepted standards in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). The education goal is to train a skilled and competent osteopathic practitioner who remains dedicated to lifelong learning and to practice habits in osteopathic philosophy and manipulative medicine.
Competency 2: MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE
Graduates are expected to demonstrate and apply knowledge of accepted standards of clinical medicine in their respective specialty area, remain current with new developments in medicine, and participate in lifelong learning activities, including research.
Competency 3: PATIENT CARE
Graduates must demonstrate the ability to effectively treat patients, provide medial care that incorporates the osteopathic philosophy, patient empathy, awareness of behavioral issues, the incorporation of preventive medicine and health promotion.
Competency 4: INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Graduates are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families and other members of health-care teams.
Competency 5: PROFESSIONALISM
Graduates are expected to uphold the Osteopathic Oath in the conduct of their professional activities that promote advocacy of patient welfare, adherence to ethical principles, collaboration with health professionals, lifelong learning, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Graduates should be cognizant of their own physical and mental health in order to effectively care for patients.
Competency 6: PRACTICE-BASED LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT
Graduates must demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate their methods of clinical practice, integrate evidence-base medicine into patient care, show an understanding of research methods and improve patient care practices.
Competency 7: SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE
Graduates are expected to demonstrate an understanding of health-care delivery systems, provide effective and qualitative patient care with the system, and practice cost-effective medicine.
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