Live Interactive Sessions Online
Throughout the pre-clinical phase, students attend live interactive sessions with an instructor four days a week. The live interactive lectures are offered via the Zoom virtual classroom. Live sessions are held:
- Monday – Thursday, 8 pm to 10 pm Eastern Time (North America)
- Tuesday – Friday, late mornings to Midday (Australia, New Zealand, and beyond)
Students begin the eFoundation 300 Standard Basic Science modules after completing the 12-week Introduction to Medicine medical school prep course with a post-exam score >70%. The basic sciences are presented in modules ranging from two to five weeks. The eF300 Standard Basic Sciences cover nine disciplines in 30 weeks.
100-Level eFoundation Basic Sciences
The eF100 USMLE Basic Sciences consist of ten six-week classes in the basic sciences. The eF100 series covers the basic sciences in much greater depth than the eF300-series.
After completion of the basic science blocks, students proceed to the System-Based Modules, using problem-based learning (PBL) to demonstrate the practical application of the basic sciences through case-based study. Each case begins with a virtual patient presentation (or scenario) and follows patient progression through the following stages:
- Patient presentation
- History & physical examination
- Differential diagnosis
- Laboratory tests & diagnostic imaging
- Provisional diagnosis
- Short-term management
- Long-term management
Modules 3 through 11: System-Based Preclinical Study
Each System-Based Module, six weeks in length, combines the basic and clinical sciences in a case format. During each week of the module, several cases and supporting materials are accessed online through Moodle and fully examined as the basis for classroom discussion. Students will also participate in interactive lectures covering additional key concepts, and engage in independent study.
The System-Based Modules include:
Module 13: Trends and Topics in Medicine
Students are required to take three additional modules to round out their pre-clinical experience and prepare for the clinical rotations. Trends & Topics is a stand-alone six week course that includes case studies in behavioral medicine, legal medicine, ethics, and integrative medicine, nutrition, and preventive medicine to offer the student a well-rounded exposure to current issues facing the medical profession.
Throughout the pre-clinical modules, each student meets regularly with an academic advisor who will help direct their studies as well as assess his/her progress. Before the System-Based Modules, students will be asked to select a physician mentor. Mentors do not teach case content or biomedical theory, but offer clinical experience and advice relevant to the student’s current System-Based Module. Learn more about Student Support.
Prior to graduation, all students are required to complete an original research project and to publish the results in Medical Student International, the student research journal created by OUM faculty, or a peer-reviewed journal. Students will need to identify a faculty member who is willing to oversee their research project and manuscript preparation. The research course provides 20 hours of faculty time to work with the student on the research project.
Students are required to participate in Journal Club (JC) upon enrolling in the System-Based Modules, though all students and faculty are invited to attend JC sessions. Each student must present at least one article while enrolled in the System-Based Modules and once during the clinical phase.
Clinical Skills Course
Before progressing to the clinical phase, students must complete an 8-week Clinical Skills Course consisting of online academic instruction and a five day face-to-face practical instruction component. Students must pass this course before being permitted to begin clinical rotations.
Upon completing the pre-clinical modules and passing Clinical Skills Course, OUM students become eligible to begin 72 weeks of clinical rotations. The core clinical rotations cover 56 weeks, followed by 16 additional weeks of advanced and general electives. Students are required to begin clinical rotations within six months of completing the pre-clinical phase.
Clinical students will have an opportunity to train in both ambulatory and in-patient hospital settings. During core rotations, students are assigned to a clinical supervisor at the clinical site to complete clerkship training. Together with the hands-on work, students complete PBL cases, directed learning activities, and supportive lectures associated with the clerkship. Students are required to view clinical lectures and take a corresponding written final examination for each core clerkship.
The core clinical modules in OUM’s MD program and their durations are:
In addition to the core clinical rotations, MD students will take 16 weeks of university-approved elective rotations in order to complete the 72-week requirement. The electives may expand further study into core subjects or introduce students to new areas to help them with career decisions. They may focus on patient management problems, exposure to the specialties, and the acquisition of additional procedural skills prior to beginning a supervised internship/residency program.
Full-Time or Part-Time?
OUM’s flexible program allows full-time students to complete the program in as few as four years, while part-time students—working healthcare professionals who have been out of university for a while—may need to take some additional basic sciences and complete the degree within five years.
Many OUM students continue to work and earn an income during the two years of pre-clinical years. During this time, students will study an average of 40-50 hours per week on their studies. OUM essentially becomes a second full-time job. Some students seek flexible work schedules during this time.
For full-time students, OUM’s MD program may be completed in as few as four years, as the student is able to study the requisite 80-100 hours per week that successful students in a traditional medical school need to fully absorb the material.
Flexibility allows OUM’s students to progress through the curriculum at their own pace. One of the keys to success at OUM is self-discipline and time management. OUM provides the necessary resources and support, but the student needs to secure the study time necessary to learn the material. Learn more about Student Support.