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Pre-Doctoral Curriculum

Pre-Doctoral | College

1st Year Family Medicine Courses

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine I
This course is designed to correlate the examination of the musculoskeletal system with the material being presented in Anatomy I. The hands-on portion of this course will introduce the student to palpation techniques, as well as basic techniques for examining and treating musculoskeletal dysfunction. The lecture format will be used to discuss osteopathic medicine history, basics of palpatory diagnostic techniques, and clinical application.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine II
This course presents an introduction to patient examination with emphasis on understanding and utilizing basic instruments of physical diagnosis and the fundamentals of history taking. Through lectures, models, mechanical aids, and demonstrations, the course instructors guide the student through steps in evaluating each part of the body and in integrating each of the component parts of the patient as a whole. Students are introduced to the diagnostic and treatment modalities of muscle energy and impulse. Continued emphasis is given to evaluating the total patient with reliance on the osteopathic frame of reference. 

2nd Year Family Medicine Courses

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine III
This course continues the student’s training in psychomotor skills needed by the osteopathic family physician. This includes physical diagnosis, history taking, palpatory diagnosis, manipulative technique, certain laboratory and other diagnostic techniques and selected therapeutic techniques. The patient is viewed as a complete individual, not just a body system. The individual’s social context and family unit are considered in addition to the effects of the somatic elements on the visceral elements and vice-versa. Through lecture and practicum, skills are presented and practiced. Live patient models, inanimate models and other media are used.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine IV
This course continues training in psychomotor skills to include physical diagnosis, history taking, palpatory diagnosis, manipulative technique, certain laboratory and other diagnostic techniques, and selected therapeutic techniques. Live patient models, inanimate models and various other media are used. Unique to this course is the opportunity for students to perform a complete history and physical exam on a patient and to participate in the osteopathic manipulation clinic.

Clinical Problem Solving I
This course is a combination of several body systems modules. Each module will concentrate on a particular body system (e.g., cardiovascular system) and will be coordinated with the content of General Pathology. Each module is comprised on lectures containing clinical information relevant to that body system in addition to case-based problems that students will work to solves in a small group discussion format. 

Clinical Problem Solving II
Continuation of Clinical Problem Solving I. 

Early Clinical Experiences

Summer Training Programs
The Department of Family Medicine offers several summer clinical training programs for students between their first and second years. These extracurricular programs are sponsored by the Oklahoma Area Health Education Center and emphasize early exposure to primary care and rural practice. Student and site evaluations are completed for all summer clinical training experiences. Currently, summer programs are offered in four areas of emphasis:

  1. Family practice in a rural ambulatory setting;
  2. Family practice in an urban ambulatory setting;
  3. Family medicine in a hospital setting; and
  4. Family medicine in a community clinic setting.

Rotations vary in length from two to four weeks.

Early Clinical Experiences Program
The Department of Family Medicine, with coordination from the Oklahoma Area Health Education Centers Network, offers Early Clinical Experiences Program. This program is offered during the academic year to first and second year medical students who would like early clinical exposure to office-based and hospital-based settings. Students are paired with primary care physicians for shadowing and complete rotations through the Tulsa osteopathic hospital, OSU Medical Center. Volunteer medical students recruit physician preceptors for the program.

Family Medicine Clinic
This clerkship takes place a the College's Health Care Center and is designed to encourage involvement of third-year students in every aspect of family medicine. Full-time physicians supervise the students to prepare them for clerkships outside the college environment. One-hour of morning seminar is followed by active participation in patient care. History taking, physical examination, proper laboratory and X-ray procedure, and long-term care are emphasized. The Clinical Practice Exam (CPX), using standardized patient models, also takes place during this clerkship month.