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The curriculum at KCU'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.
KCU provides early clinical training for students to conduct their rotations.
KCU provides specialized training in areas such as global health, military medicine and rural medicine.
KCU has two programs that award fellowships to students who have achieved outstanding performance during training.
Contact our Office of Assessment for answers to your curriculum questions.
Typical Year Weeks
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 KCU offered course. Graded S/U.
Orientation Week for First-Year Medical Students
This course establishes basic human mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level that are necessary to how cells function and interact with other cells.
3 Semester Credits
This course introduces concepts of humoral and cellular immunology necessary to understand the concepts of defense mechanisms in humans.
2 Semester Credits
The Musculoskeletal section introduces the basic and clinical sciences of back pain, musculoskeletal disease, including limb and joint pain via clinical presentations. Other musculoskeletal-related topics covered in this section include aging, alternative therapies, exercise, and women's health and rehabilitation. Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment (ODT) of disorders is integrated throughout the course. At the conclusion of each clinical presentation, a practicing clinician, along with basic scientists, conducts a review of the presented material for the purpose of integrating basic science and clinical information.
6 Semester Credits
This course will cover 5 major contexts for the practice of bioethics: pediatric ethics, immunological and global health ethics, cancer and palliative care, healthcare dollars and disparities, and the ethics of pain.
1 Semester Credit
This course introduces students to the basics of interactions between the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. The development of the systems is used to introduce the functional aspects of the systems and includes normal laboratory testing and interpretation.
5.5 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the gastrointestinal system with an emphasis on the normal structure and function. The course includes normal laboratory testing and interpretation.
This course introduces students to the renal system from early development through normal function and includes normal laboratory testing and interpretation.
2.5 Semester Credits
This course introduces students to the endocrine system beginning with the development and role of the hypothalamus and pituitary to the interactions of these with adrenal gland, thyroid gland, and pancreas. Emphasis is on the normal function and interaction of these organs along with expectations of laboratory analyses.
1.5 Semester Credits
This course extends the information of Endocrine I and includes the role of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis with the development and function of the gonads. Development is presented from third trimester though different development stages of life.
This course introduces the neuroscience and physiologic basis of normal function. The emphasis is on structural associations and interactions to better understand the interactions of the peripheral and central nervous systems.
4 Semester Credits
Spring Break - Apr. 27-May 1
introduces the student to the foundations of disease mechanisms through an
understanding of pathology and genetic changes that occur for a normal state in
a cell to progress to an abnormal condition or disease. Included is the foundation of pharmacology
needed to treat various types of disease.
introduces the student to the fundamentals of medical microbiology. Classification and mechanisms of microbe
infections will be provided along with the pharmacology needed to treat
classifications of infectious diseases.
This course is designed for first year students as an introduction to library medical informatics and information literacy. It will reinforce fundamental concepts of medical informatics, information literacy, medical technologies and evidence-based practice.
Principles of Clinical Medicine introduces students to the foundations of osteopathic medicine which include how to perform a history and physical exam, document the encounter, communicate with patients, perform various skill sets, demonstrate competence, and integrate the use of osteopathic principles and practices into patient care.
Osteopathic Skills 1 is designed to provide students with the foundation of the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, appropriately communicate with patients, and integrate the use of osteopathic principles and practices into patient care. The primary areas of are professional communication; examination skills; medical record documentation; and osteopathic manipulative medicine diagnostic skills.
This course introduces learners to the field of bioethics and the role of ethics in the practice of medicine or research.
The Neuroscience section introduces the neuroscience and pathophysiologic basis of neurologic disease. Emphasis is on an integration of disciplines with diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases affecting the peripheral and central nervous systems.
The Neuroscience II section extends the fundamentals of Neuroscience I with a focus on human behaviors affected through normal and abnormal neurological functioning.
Suture Labs - Required
Basic Disaster Life Support Certification - This course is designed to provide students with introductory training for disasters requiring medical preparedness. This training complies with national guidelines to standardize emergency response training nationally and to strengthen the nation’s public health system. This course is a prerequisite to the Advanced Disaster Life Support elective. - .5 Semester Credits
.5 Semester Credits
The Skin, Blood and Lymph section is presented in two sections. Students initially learn the basic histology and physiology of the skin. Diseases of the skin including wounds, skin infections, immunopathologic skin diseases and tumors are studied. Descriptive terms in dermatology are emphasized.
The second portion introduces the cellular and humoral components of the blood and the structure and function of lymphoid tissues, while continuing to build the function of the immune system. Students will consider diseases and disease processes affecting red and white blood cells and lymphoid tissue. Disease entities studied include anemias, polycythemia, bleeding and clotting disorders, leukemias and immunodeficiency disorders, including HIV infection/AIDS. At the conclusion of each clinical presentation, a practicing clinician, along with basic scientists, conduct a review of the presented material for the purpose of integrating basic science and clinical information.
9 Semester Credits
OCS 202 is a continuation of the two-year longitudinal course that meets weekly through the semester. It is designed to teach students osteopathic treatment modalities applicable to many regions of the musculoskeletal system through the application of osteopathic principles and practice (inclusive of integration of manipulative skills) to patients with specific types of illnesses. The primary areas of focus of OCS 202 is the mastery of professional communication, physical examination skills, osteopathic manipulative medicine skills, integrating physical examination skills into the communication portion of the curriculum, and medical record documentation.
0 Semester Credits
The Endocrinology section focuses on the synthesis, function and regulation of various hormones in both normal and disease states. The structure and role of various endocrine organs is studied. Content for each presentation will include basic science material fundamental to understanding of the normal condition along with clinically relevant material such as diagnosis and treatment. Presentations such as diabetes will correlate metabolic and physiologic changes with the underlying disease process. The section will be presented using lecture, small-group discussion, computer-aided instruction and laboratory formats. At the conclusion of each clinical presentation, a practicing clinician, along with basic scientists, conduct a review of the presented material for the purpose of integrating basic science and clinical information.
6.5 Semester Credits
Advanced Disaster Life Support - This course is designed to provide students with advanced training for disasters requiring medical preparedness. This training complies with national guidelines to standardize emergency response training and to strengthen the nation’s public health system. This course allows students to demonstrate competencies in casualty decontamination, specified essential skills and mass-casualty incident information systems/technology applications.
The Reproductive Medicine section reviews the male and female reproductive systems, introduces the fetus as the patient, and takes the student through the life cycle of development. The section will begin with a discussion of the normal structure and function of both the male and female reproductive systems. Students will learn about normal growth and development, health and disease, and the impact of culture, family and environment on human development. The final stages of development focus on key geriatric issues and how culture, family and environment play a major role in health and wellness in this population. Clinical presentations of major adult and geriatric reproductive diseases and dysfunctions will be covered, with an emphasis on women's health. Diagnostic algorithms will accompany each presentation to develop clinical reasoning skills. The section will be presented in lecture, small group discussion, computer-aided instruction and laboratory formats.
10 Semester Credits
Advanced Cardiac Life Support: Certification is required prior to clinical clerkship participation and maintained throughout clinical training. All students must complete KCUMB’s course.
Basic Life Support: Certification is required to advance to third year of studies. All students must take the KCU offered course.
Required, No Credit
Pathophysiologic Overview of Medicine
OCS 201 the third component of a two-year longitudinal course that meets formally every week throughout the semester. It is designed to teach students more of the history and physical exam as related to systems covered within the sections, how to appropriately communicate with patients by beginning to integrate the physical examination skills, and integrate the use of osteopathic principles and practices into patient care. The primary areas of focus in the OCS 201 curriculum are professional communication with integration of physical examination skills and documentation of the encounter, and application of new osteopathic manipulative medicine skills taught in the course.
OCS 202 is a continuation of the two-year longitudinal course that meets weekly through the semester. It designed to teach students more osteopathic treatment modalities applicable to many regions of the musculoskeletal system with application of osteopathic principles and practice (inclusive of integration of manipulative skills) to patients with specific types of illnesses will be taught. The primary areas of focus of OCS 202 is the mastery of professional communication; physical examination skills; osteopathic manipulative medicine skills, integrating physical examination skills into the communication portion of the curriculum and medical record documentation.
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