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Pre-Clerkship

Your first two years at RowanSOM

Your first two years are overseen by a Phase Director, paired with either a basic scientist or a physician, to ensure you receive current and critical instruction in the basic sciences, as well as relevant clinical application of the material.

Our new curriculum features a variety of components that are integrated within established courses and clinical experiences. The four core components are: System Blocks, Intersessions, Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS) and Longitudinal Project-Based Courses. Intersessions and Longitudinal Project-Based Projects offer you the opportunity to focus on topics that are considered cornerstones of osteopathy. Highlights of the curriculum include:
  • Single-pass integrated systems, combining basic sciences with clinical medicine
  • Expanded training on leadership and teamwork
  • Emphasis on prevention and health equity
  • Increased procedural training, including point-of-care ultrasound
  • Formative assessments through BRIDGE Weeks across four years
  • Amplified Medical Scholarship curriculum
  • Twelve elective Areas of Distinction for increased study special interest
  • PBL students will continue in the double-pass systems based model and will incorporate the new courses and features included in the traditional track. These courses, such as Osteopathic Clinical Skills (OCS), are synchronized with the systems model of PBL.

BRIDGE Weeks

Both Pre-Clerkship and Clerkship years include BRIDGE weeks. These weeks occur a total of four times over the course of your medical school education: twice in the first year, once in the second year, and once in the third year. These weeks are designed to give formative feedback on knowledge skills and attitudes, accumulated by set points based on benchmarks determined by faculty and the assessment department.

BRIDGE week assessment activities include combinations of several core elements:
  • Building skills: Osteopathic Integrated Exam Review (OIER) and formative Standardized Patient/OSCEs with feedback
  • Reflecting: Self-reflection, Peer-to-Peer Evaluation
  • Integrating: Integrated Foundational Science Individual and Group Assessments
  • Developing: Formative Biomedical COMAT Exams
  • Goal setting: Academic review with Coaching
  • Evaluating: Summative Biomedical COMAT Exams, Summative Standardized Patient/OSCEs

Traditional Curriculum

Year One

View a sample schedule and hear from first-year SOM students in the Traditional Curriculum track.

Year Two

What happens in your second-year of the Traditional Curriculum track?

Problem-Based Learning

Year One

View a sample schedule and hear from first-year SOM students in the Problem-Based Learning Curriculum track.

Year Two

What happens in your second-year of the Problem-Based Learning Curriculum track?

Where Will I Practice D.O. Skills?

RowanSOM students practice their skills in state-of-the-art facilities, where they receive instant feedback on their studies and practice case-based diagnostic skills. All of our students benefit from dedicated faculty who lead the sessions and a student-centered atmosphere that encourages learning and teamwork.