Online teaching and hands-on clinical experience
Oceania University of Medicine blends distance learning and hands-on clinical rotations to help aspiring physicians overcome distance, personal, and professional barriers to achieve their dream. OUM’s MD program is based on a full-scale, rigorous medical school curriculum, which is typically completed in four-and-a-half to five years.
Students spend the first half of the program studying basic sciences through a computer-based curriculum delivered by faculty in real-time virtual classrooms and the latter half in hospital-based clinical rotations. OUM students have the best of all worlds – an easy to access, flexible pre-clinical study program followed by the more traditional clinical rotations arranged in hospitals in a student’s community or at OUM-affiliated hospitals and institutions.
The advantage of the OUM approach? Logistics. The OUM program provides a medical education to those who face distance, personal, and professional challenges, especially those individuals who live in remote areas of the world without a medical school nearby. That was the school’s original mission on the island nation of Samoa, a mission that has flourished.
The online pre-clinical study allows students to maintain a full or part-time work schedule throughout the first half of medical school.
Full-Time or Part-Time?
Flexibility allows OUM students to progress through the curriculum at their own pace. Full-time students may complete the program in as few as four years, while part-time students are likely to complete the degree within five to six years.
Many OUM students continue to work and earn an income during the two years of pre-clinical studies. During this time, students will spend an average of 40-50 hours per week on their studies. OUM essentially becomes a second full-time job, and some students seek flexible work schedules during this time.
Is this a viable way to learn basic sciences during the first two years of medical school? Absolutely. The Internet’s vast growth during the past two decades has redefined the study of medicine – for students, faculty, even patients. All students learn differently and OUM’s curriculum is intended for independent, adult, self-learners who grasp material best during intense private study, supplemented with personal interaction with online faculty, academic advisors, and classmates.