The Office of Medical Education
The Office of Medical Education exists to coordinate learning activities during the pre-clerkship stage of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s curriculum. This is achieved by working with faculty and staff to collect and distribute learning materials through the learning management system, compile and administer written graded assessments, communicate important curriculum updates, maintain attendance records, review excused absence requests, evaluate student learning outcomes, serve as a point of contact for students requesting reasonable accommodations and assist with other curricular-related functions.
Frequently Asked Questions
The information below is a list of frequently asked questions of LUCOM students that have been collected by a group of peers. Questions not addressed here may be found throughout the LUCOM website. If you are having difficulty finding information about a particular topic, please reach out to the corresponding department directly.
- Are LUCOM students required to take COMLEX or USMLE? Or both?
All LUCOM students are required to take the COMLEX-USA (Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the Board Exams of the United States). Students should review and understand the requirements outlined in Section 12.4 of the Student Handbook which outlines expectations for successful completion. Students may elect to take USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination), but it is not a requirement of the COM. Students applying to residency in particular specialties may find it advantageous to consider taking USMLE. LUCOM’s clinical deans, and those working closely with them, will provide some guidance regarding these decisions.
- When should students begin studying for board exams?
Board preparation will vary from student to student, as there is not a single best way to study. Each student should carefully consider what board preparation and study will look like for them. It is recommended that students consider a study plan that runs parallel or is interrelated to studying for their LUCOM courses through the OMS-II year.
- What resources are available for board prep?
View COMSAE and COMLEX Medical Boards.
- What is LUCOM’s Remediation Policy?
The Remediation Policy is found in the LUCOM Student Handbook.
- Where can students find information about the Medical Library?
View Medical Library.
- What Mental Health Resources are available to LUCOM Students?
View Health Services.
- What is FERPA?
Students can learn more about FERPA here or by contacting the Office of the Registrar.
- Where can students find information about Title IX?
Liberty University is committed to providing a safe learning, living, and working environment for the Liberty community. More information can be found on the Liberty University Title IX FAQ.
- Where can students find information on disability accommodations at LUCOM?
Information on disability accommodations can be found in the LUCOM Student Handbook (sections 8.3 and 8.4) and the LUCOM Academic Catalog (section 2.2.J.) The Disability Accommodation Request Form is found on the LUCOM website under Academic Documents and Forms.
- Where can information about rotation sites be found?
A listing of Core Rotation Sites can be found on the Office of Clinical Education page. For additional information, email LUCOMClinicalEducation@liberty.edu.
- What is the LUCOM Dress Code?
Details about the LUCOM Dress Code are found in the LUCOM Student Handbook and course-specific requirements are outlined in the course syllabus in Canvas.
- What extra expenses might students incur in the first year at LUCOM?
In addition to the published Tuition and Fees, students should budget for other educational and living expenses such as books, supplies, medical equipment, health insurance, travel, room and board, and other personal expenses. For guidance on how to secure financial aid to help cover these expenses, please contact the LUCOM Office of Financial Aid.
- What can I do if I need access to funds before my loans or other financial aid disburses to the school?
An early refund of up to $3,000 is available during the first three weeks of class for students who are in good academic standing. You can request an early refund by completing the “Early Refund Request Form” on the LUCOM Academic Documents and Forms.
- Where can students learn more about LUCOM Match results?
View LUCOM Match results.
- What research opportunities are available to LUCOM students?
Opportunities for student research can be found on the Center for Research page or email LUCOMResearch@liberty.edu.
- What student organizations are available at LUCOM?
A listing of student organizations can be found in the LUCOM Student Handbook.