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OU COM Curriculum Overview
The OU medical school curriculum consists of basic science and clinical coursework designed to help students master the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the practice of medicine.
The curriculum is guided by six competency areas: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Experience-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice. The curriculum emphasizes the human and personal qualities of professional development and the scientific foundations of medicine. Patient contact is a major component of each of the four years of medical school beginning with student interactions with standardized patients and extending to hospital and ambulatory settings during subsequent coursework. Students are required to take and pass Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) prior to beginning third year clinical rotations. Students must take the USMLE Step 2 examination (including the Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills components) during the fourth year and report their score.
Additional details about the OU College of Medicine curriculum and programs may be found here.
School of Community Medicine Curriculum Overview
In addition to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine core curriculum competencies, the School of Community Medicine track has a set of competencies specifically focused on community engagement, leadership, and population health. These objectives serve as a guide for what students are expected to learn or accomplish during the course of medical school in Tulsa. They are statements of the items of knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that SCM medical students are expected to exhibit as evidence of their achievement and as a basis for the next stage of their training.
- As part of the SCM curriculum, our third year medical students and second year PA students participate in a monthly Student Academy that discusses the most pressing health topics in Oklahoma. This academy includes didactics and skills practice.
- SCM Students also participate in a student run Bedlam Clinic where they gain experience in patient care skills while assisting patients from the Tulsa community. Bedlam Evening and Bedlam Longitudinal clinics provide a place for members of the community to receive the care they desperately need to improve their health.
Course Catalogs, Graduation and Other Resources
For additional information on preclinical and clinical cirriculum, graduation requirements, course catalogs, rotation dates and information on assessment and grading of students, please visit our OU College of Medicine Education Page.