Academics: Curriculum

Academics Curriculum


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The LUCOM Curriculum is built around a semester schedule utilizing an integrated, interdisciplinary, systems-based model with an emphasis on active learning. The Curriculum combines lecture demonstration with active learning techniques which includes team learning activities, interactive classroom learning, case-based education, a strong emphasis on utilization of simulation, and standardized patient events. Read more about the mission and purpose behind the curriculum.

The class structure of each semester is featured below. Accepted and enrolled students may find the Book List under Academic Documents.

Important note: courses and credit hours are subject to change.

OMS-I (First-Year Student-Doctors)

First Semester
Biomedical Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine 7 credits
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 101 2 credits
Patient-Centered Medicine 101 3 credits
Integument and Musculoskeletal System 6.75 credits
Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Hematologic Systems 6 credits
Humanities and Medical Ethics 1 .75 credits
Total 25.5 credits
Second Semester
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 102 2.5 credits
Patient-Centered Medicine 102 4 credits
Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition 4.75 credits
Urinary System 4.5 credits
Endocrine and Reproductive Systems 5.25 credits
Nervous System/Head and Neck 7 credits
Population Based Medicine 3.25 credits
Humanities and Medical Ethics 2 .75 credits
Total 32 credits
OMS-I Total 57.5 credits












OMS-II Year (Second-Year Student-Doctors)

First Semester  
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 201 2 credits
Hematology and Oncology 3.25 credits
Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Dermatology 4.75 credits
Cardiology and Pulmonology 8.5 credits
Nephrology and Urology 4.25 credits
Patient-Centered Medicine 201 2 credits
Humanities and Medical Jurisprudence .75 credits
Elective* 4 credits
Total 25.5 credits
Total w/ elective 29.5 credits
Second Semester  
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine 202 2 credits
Gastroenterology 4.25 credits
Neurology, Psychiatry, Otolaryngology, and Ophthalmology 6.75 credits
Endocrinology 2.5 credits
Women's Health 2.75 credits
Pediatrics 3 credits
Geriatrics and End-of-Life 1.75 credits
Patient-Centered Medicine 202 2.75 credits
Humanities and Medical Jurisprudence .5 credits
Capstone Course  2 credits
Total 28.25 credits
OMS-II Total 53.75 credits
OMS-II Total w/ elective 57.75 credits

*Research, advanced anatomic cadaveric dissection, or medical outreach. Student-Doctor may elect to take vacation instead of elective course. Some Student-Doctors may be remediating during this time and will not be able to take an elective course.

OMS-III Year (Third-Year Student-Doctors)

Important note: OMS-III must do nine rotations, all clinical.

Board Preparatory Course 3 credits

Four-week blocks begin on Monday, end on Friday. Last Friday of each rotation is set aside for end-of-rotation testing and OMM hands-on experience.

See blocks below.
Two-Blocks of Family and Community Medicine 20 credits
Two-Blocks of Internal Medicine 20 credits
One-Block of Surgery 10 credits
One-Block of Women’s Health/OB-GYN 10 credits
One-Block of Pediatrics 10 credits
One-Block of Psychiatry/Behavioral Health 10 credits
One-Block of Underserved Care 10 credits
One-Block of Elective/Undergraduate Fellowship/or Vacation**  
OMS-III Total 93 credits









**All undergraduate fellowships are a competitive selection process

Undergraduate Fellowship: Teaching I 5 credits
Undergraduate Fellowship: Teaching II 5 credits
Undergraduate Fellowship: OMM/OPP 1 5 credits
Undergraduate Fellowship: OMM/OPP 2 5 credits
Undergraduate Fellowship: Research 1 5 credits
Undergraduate Fellowship: Research 2 5 credits




OMS-III must do nine of ten available rotations, all nine must be clinical. 

OMS-III total: 93 credits (103 with elective).

OMS-IV Year* (Fourth-Year Student Doctors)

Important note: OMS-IV must do four blocks of required rotations, one required underserved selective, and four elective rotations.

1 Block of Scholarly Activity and Board Review
(Six week duration includes two weeks of vacation.)
10 credits

Four week blocks contain end of rotation examination and OMM practical sessions for the core rotations. See blocks below.
One-Block of Emergency Medicine 10 credits
Two-Blocks of Hospital IM Selective 20 credits
One-Block of Hospital Surgery Selective 10 credits
One-Block of Primary Care Selective  10 credits
Three-Blocks of Elective, two must be clinical 30 credits
One-Block of Elective Board Preparation (four-weeks duration) 3 credits
Two-Blocks of Optional Elective* 10/20 credits
OMS-IV must do eight rotations, 7 must be clinical  
OMS-IV Total 80 credits
OMS-IV Total with Board Prep elective 83 credits
OMS-IV Total with optional electives 90/100 credits
OMS-II, OMS-III, OMS-IV Independent Study Elective 2-8 credits
TOTAL Credits Required for Graduation 284.25 credits