Oceania University of Medicine became the only internationally-accredited medical school in the South Pacific when it received formal accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in 2010 and re-accredited in May 2015, for an additional five years. PAASCU is one of only a few international accrediting bodies charged with ensuring that non-US medical schools are held to standards comparable to those applied to US medical schools.
OUM's international accreditation validates the University's curriculum and programming as comparable to long-standing traditional institutions. OUM's accreditation also provides one of the requisite credentials which graduates of foreign medical schools need for licensing and to practice medicine in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.
OUM is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, a joint publication of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research and the World Federation for Medical Education, and is recognized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). OUM students are eligible to sit for the Australian Medical Council Exam, Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), New Zealand Registration Exam (NZREX), as well as the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Today's OUM graduates perform extremely well on registration or licensing exams in North America, Australasia, and beyond, such as USMLE, AMC and MCC exams, and the NZREX. The majority of OUM MD students and graduates pass on the first attempt.
The majority of OUM students live in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, but the student body actually represents more than 40 countries of origin. More than three-quarters of the students are healthcare professionals including physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, and other clinical professions. Approximately half OUM's students hold Master's degrees and ten percent have earned a doctorate. The diversity of the student body, both in terms of nationalities and life experience, makes for interesting discussions creating a unique classroom dynamic conducive to learning.
Oceania University of Medicine was founded on the South Pacific island nation of Samoa in 2002, and the University has evolved from a local mission to better meet the health needs of underserved island communities to a now internationally-accredited medical school with students and graduates in many countries. OUM-trained physicians are currently practicing physicians in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Samoa, and in many major metropolitan areas in the United States.
OUM is affiliated with Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital (TTM), Samoa's National hospital, located in the capital city of Apia, and with the LBJ Tropical Medical Center located in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Both TTM and LBJ host students from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and other countries. Located just south of the equator near the International Dateline, both Samoas are home to warm, friendly people who share a rich Polynesian culture.
All of the University's MD students are required to complete at least one four-week clinical rotation at OUM's South Pacific home. Clinical clerkships are available in both Independent Samoa and the US territory of American Samoa.
Since its founding, OUM has maintained a steadfast commitment to its mission to graduate practitioners with sound clinical skills and a socially responsible approach to the practice of medicine. From recruiting a faculty comprised of respected scholars and specialists from around the world, to maintaining international accreditation and providing extra support and preparation for benchmark qualifying exams, all resources are focused on helping students realize their true potential as practicing physicians.
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