Innovative Curriculum

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program integrated curriculum stresses self-directed learning.

The curriculum weaves content from complementing disciplines through two distinct (two-year) Phases. In each phase, you benefit from weekly community engagement and early clinical experience.

Phase I (years one + two) builds a foundation of osteopathic principles and practices, professional identity, and applied biomedical sciences.

  1. Essentials/EMT
  2. MSK, Touch and Personhood
  3. Molecules, Cells, Compassion
  4. Host Defense and Communication
  5. GI System, Nutrition, Appetite
  6. Circulation, Respiration, Regulation
  7. Endocrine Reproduction Respect
  8. Mind Brain, and Behavior
  9. Capstone (Spirituality, Mental Health and Wellness)
  10. Board Exam Preparation

Phase II builds further clinical experience with eight (six-week) core rotations.

The fourth year has a required four-week Emergency Medicine core rotation, three selectives, four elective rotations, and an OPP/OMM longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC).

A week of mentoring/feedback (Reflection, Integration and Assessment) is scheduled every 12 weeks between every two core rotations.

  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Women's Health
  • Underserved (Rural, Military, Correctional)
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

An OPP/OMM longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) component is part of Phase II.

At the end of Phase II, students participate in COMLEX-USA Level 2-CE and Level 2-PE preparation and travel for the examination. Student engage in a three week Ready for Residency unit, during which they are assessed for the entry-level ACGME PGY1 Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).