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.

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

  1. Essentials
  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 for learners during the third and fourth years.

During the third year there are eight (four-week) CORE rotations, a four-week vacation, and a four-week block at the end of the academic year that learners can use to prepare for the COMLEX Level 2-CE exam. (As a requirement for graduation, SOM learners must receive a passing score on COMLEX Level 2-CE before December 15 of their fourth year).

Following each CORE rotation will be one week of activities, including Reflection, Integration, Assessment, Didactics, Mentoring, and Feedback. An OPP/OMM longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) component is part of Phase II, and this takes place throughout the third year. 

The CORE rotations during Year 3 include the following

  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • OB-GYN
  • Medically Underserved (Rural, Military, Correctional)
  • Hospital Medicine

During the fourth year, learners are required to complete nine (four-week) rotations, and will also have another four-week vacation block.

Clinical Rotations during Year 4 include the following:

  • Emergency Medicine CORE rotation
  • Three Selectives
  • Five Electives.

At the end of Phase II, learners engage in a two-week Ready for Residency unit, during which they are assessed for the entry-level ACGME PGY1 Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).