OUM faculty represent a variety of countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Faculty adhere to a rigorous set of educational objectives, and work collaboratively to deliver an internationally-applicable medical curriculum. Given the diversity of the faculty, as well as the student body, there is considerable focus on the various licensing standards and requirements of the countries where graduates intend to practice.
Academic Advisors and Clinical Mentors
Academic Advisors lend guidance during the pre-clinical phase. He/she is the student’s primary contact regarding academic status and progression through the program. Academic Advisors are available to help students overcome impediments inherent in a distance learning environment. Before commencing the System-Based Modules, students must identify a Clinical Mentor in their community. The role of a Clinical Mentor is that of guide, coach, role model, and aide in student assessment. Mentors do not teach course content or Basic Science material, but as active clinicians located in the student’s geographic proximity, they share clinical experience and patient-doctor interactions relevant to the student’s current System-Based Module.
Experienced faculty, MDs, MBBSs, and PhDs, deliver the pre-clinical curriculum in live interactive online lectures offered four days a week. OUM’s innovative approach to medical education offers various opportunities to engage with students:
- Become an online instructor, guiding students through the curriculum, responding to inquiries, assigning case presentations, and directing student discussion boards. (Online basic science instruction is always in demand.)
- Advocate with physician colleagues to arrange clinical rotations at accredited teaching hospitals.
- Facilitate ongoing review and revision to OUM’s problem-based learning cases.
- Act as role-models to OUM students, serving as physician mentors, sharing clinical experience and patient scenarios, also evaluating student relationships with patients, colleagues, and other physicians.
- Guide OUM students through their medical school journey as an Academic or Clinical Advisor.