Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) exists to educate osteopathic physicians in a Christian environment. LUCOM prepares physicians who dedicate themselves to excellence in the practice of osteopathic medicine through service toward their fellow man, lifelong learning, and the advancement of medical knowledge. Instilling the Christian values of integrity and professionalism, LUCOM trains physicians who will provide ethical, compassionate, competent, and patient-centered osteopathic medical care.
Unique Characteristics of LUCOM’s Educational Program
The curriculum is built around a semester schedule utilizing an integrated, interdisciplinary, systems-based model with an emphasis on active learning. The curriculum is designed to emphasize biomedical and clinical interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding student-doctors to develop a holistic approach to medicine. A notable aspect of the clinical program is a required month-long rotation in an underserved practice setting. In rural clinics and hospitals throughout the state of Virginia and across the United States, our students participate in providing healthcare to medically underserved and indigent patients. Our students learn to treat various patients whose lifestyles, practices, and attitudes toward health care differ from those seen in more traditional training sites.
Average length of enrollment (from matriculation to graduation):
The average length of enrollment for students in the graduating Class of 2021 is four years and two months.
Information about Compliance with AAMC’s Recommendations for Medical School Transcripts
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine complies with the AAMC “Guidelines for Medical Schools Regarding Academic Transcripts” in all regards except the following: Applicable to members of the graduating Class of 2018, LUCOM replaced failing grades with a 70X if students successfully remediated a course failure – this is noted on the transcript legend.
A student is considered to be on academic probation when he or she has a cumulative grade point average less than a 70, any un-remediated course failures, or Student Progress Committee granted sanction. A student on this status will be prohibited from certain activities and officiating positions.
Graduation with honors: Students with a cumulative average in the upper three percent of their class will receive a diploma inscribed with “highest honors.” Students in the next seven percent of their class will receive a diploma inscribed with “honors.”
Students are required to pass COMLEX Level 1, 2CE, and 2PE. One clinical rotation hour is equivalent to one hour of academic effort.
Description of the Evaluation System
Grading for OMS-I, OMS-II, and OMS-III student-doctors is primarily based on a scale of 0 to 100. Several pre-clinical courses are graded pass/fail. LUCOM requires a grade of 70 or above for passing of all courses, any grade below 70 is failing. The MSPE further explains grading for OMS-III core rotations. Grading for OMS-IV rotations is pass/fail. President’s List honors are achieved by OMS-I or OMS-II students whose term average places them in the top three percent of the class for that semester or an OMS-III student whose cumulative average places them in the top three percent of the class for that academic year. Dean’s List honors are achieved by OMS-I or OMS-II students whose term average places them in the top 4 to 10 percent of the class for that semester or an OMS-III student whose cumulative average places them in the top 4 to 10 percent of the class for the academic year.
H – Pass with Honors (90 or above)
HP – High Pass (80-89)
S – Satisfactory (70-79)
U – Unsatisfactory (below 70)
FN – Failure for Non-Attendance
P – Pass
F – Fail
W – Withdrawal
WF – Withdrawal Failing
WP – Withdrawal Passing
I – Incomplete
NR – No Grade Reported (temporary grade)
R – Repeated Course (70) – retaken to remediate prior failure
X – Passed by Remediation (70)
AU – Audited Course
Medical school requirements for successful completion of COMLEX Levels 1, 2:
COMLEX Level 1 is required for promotion and graduation; COMLEX Level 2 (CE and PE) are required for promotion and graduation.
Pursuant to the COCA’s June 5, 2020 letter regarding Standard 6.12, a decision has been made by the dean to waive the requirement for achieving a passing score on the COMLEX Level 2-PE examination as a graduation requirement for students in the LUCOM Class of 2021. However, students must successfully meet all other graduation requirements as outlined in the Academic Catalog section 5.8.
Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) are required for the completion of four courses in OMS-I and OMS-II (Patient-Centered Medicine 101, 102, 201, 202). In addition, OSCEs are required as a component of “Capstone” courses prior to the OMS-III and prior to OMS-IV years. These courses, including OSCEs, are required for academic promotion.
MSPE Composition and Commentary
The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is composed through the Office of the Registrar, Office of Clinical Rotations, and the Office of the Dean. Narrative comments provided by the preceptors are included in the clinical course sections of the MSPE and are edited for length and grammar, but not content. Once the associate and senior associate deans approve content, the MSPE is sent to the Office of the Dean for final approval. Students are permitted to review the final MSPE.