Oceania University of Medicine's online preclinical curriculum is ideal for physician assistants and other healthcare professionals with work and family commitments who wish to become doctors. Similar to traditional medical schools, once OUM students successfully complete their preclinical study, clinical rotations occur on site at teaching hospitals. Students wishing to complete rotations at a teaching hospital in the United States must first pass the USMLE Step 1.
The OUM MD degree program is a full-scale, rigorous medical school curriculum, based largely on American and Australian medical education models. Graduates will be able to bridge the gap between basic science concepts and their relevance to the clinical setting. The Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach links basic sciences with the development of clinical reasoning, utilizing independent learning and small-group discussions to probe complex and timely medical issues.
The program is typically completed in four-and-a-half to five years, but if students need more time due to work or family matters, OUM's flexibility allows for that. Only OUM has an MD program that allows professionals to continue working through the preclinical years.
It is recommended that students intending to practice in the United States enroll in the Basic Science Track for extensive exposure to the basic sciences, which are essential to the practice of medicine and will be tested on USMLE Step 1. The Basic Science Track begins with nine four-week basic science blocks (e-Foundation 100-Series), followed by nine system-based modules lasting six weeks each, and three modules focused on trends and topics in medicine, research methodology, and clinical skills. Upon completion of the preclinical phase and passing USMLE Step 1, students are eligible to begin 72 weeks of medical clerkships offering students experience with hands-on patient care in ambulatory and in-patient settings. OUM offers opportunities for clinical clerkships at various regional teaching hospitals in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa.
The MD program at OUM utilizes a blend of traditional face-to-face learning, online medical course materials, and real-time virtual classrooms, offering students the latest in e-learning capabilities.
The virtual classroom provides online learning and student-teacher interaction in a live, real-time classroom environment. Students also access material utilizing secure Internet connections from their personal computers, including weekly Problem-Based Learning (PBL) case studies, exhibits, and assessments.
In the ten System-Based Modules, an essential disease process is discussed during each of the first six weeks in a 40-50 page case which integrates the basic and clinical sciences. Students participate in interactive lectures via OUM's virtual classroom, focusing on the diagnosis and management of the clinical condition based on the current understanding of the basic sciences and existing technology. The principles of the case and lectures are reinforced with extensive reading and assessed with a comprehensive examination.
Students completing clinical rotations view recorded lectures where specialists deliver presentations on essential clinical topics which are tested after completing each core clerkship. The clinical lecturers discuss the epidemiology, presentation, differential diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up of the symptom/disease process on medical topics relevant to such areas as Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and more.
Today's graphic and accurate computer images are transforming the way many medical students experience that medical school rite of passage - the gross anatomy lab. Many medical schools are moving away from cadaver laboratory work toward high-quality electronic teaching material such as what OUM provides. In fact, several medical school accrediting bodies now acknowledge that laboratory exercises may be "real or simulated." Traditionally, it was believed that time in the laboratory was the only way for students to acquire the skills necessary to collect and analyze raw data from graphs, blood work, and other pathological results. The advent of interactive online medical materials has changed that. With an innovative electronic curriculum delivery and the hands-on experience of clinical clerkships, OUM students develop the skills necessary to practice medicine in today's ever changing medical landscape.
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