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FAQs2021-09-08T16:47:03-04:00
What is the tuition fee for the enitre MD Program?2021-09-26T12:52:23-04:00

Tuition for the MD Program is $160,000, payable over the first four years in the student’s local currency. Students residing in countries other than Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or Samoa pay tuition and fees in US dollars.

Additional fees are as follows:

  • Library Fee: $600/year (This fee covers electronic access to all textbooks as well as Elsevier’s ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Student and other online platforms.)
  • Proctor Fee: $200/year (This fee covers electronic exam proctoring.)
  • Clinical Skills Practicum: $500
  • OSCEs (ANZ students): $500 
  • OSCEs (North America students): TBD
  • Hospital Fees may be charged by some hospitals for clinical rotations.
  • Student Identification Card: $30
  • Returned Check Fee: $35
  • Late Payment Fee: $25
  • Asynchronous Course Fee (if needed): $200/week
  • Remedial Course Tuition (if needed): 75% of tuition rate
  • SH-SSP/A-SSP Block (if needed): $500
  • Remedial Rotation Exam (if needed): $400
  • Additional C-SSP Exam (if needed): $2,000

Students may choose from the following payment options:

  • Option A, Annual Payment with Discount: $38,000 at the start of the program and at the start of the three subsequent academic years. This represents a 5% discount off the regular tuition of $40,000 per year. Total tuition $152,000.
  • Option B, Semi-Annual Payment: $20,000 on January 1 and July 1 of each academic year, for four years. Total tuition $160,000.
  • Option C, Monthly Payment with Fee: $10,000 at the start of the program (January 1 or July 1) and the remaining $150,000 spread over the subsequent 47 months, with a 2.5% Administrative Fee applied ($3271.27/month). Total tuition $163,750.

Payments may be made by direct deposit, electronic transfer of funds, or credit card (Discover, MasterCard, or Visa), depending upon the student’s country of residence. Credit card payments include a surcharge of 2.77%.

Does OUM have the necessary accreditation for International Medical Graduates to practice after graduation?2021-09-26T12:36:21-04:00

Yes. OUM is an internationally accredited medical school, providing the requisite credentials which graduates of international medical schools need to practice in most countries.

How old is the school? How many students?2021-09-06T16:56:40-04:00

The school was founded in 2002, in close collaboration with the Government of Samoa, so its future is secure. The program began by making sure that the computer-assisted curriculum worked well before opening it to large numbers of students. The school deliberately started small and currently has 257 students enrolled worldwide. OUM is selective about the students it accepts, making certain they have the self-motivation and discipline necessary to complete the course.

What types of students do you have enrolled in the program?2021-09-06T15:04:13-04:00

OUM’s flexible program appeals to a wide variety of students—from recent college graduates, to working professionals interested in changing careers. The distance-learning component is attractive to many nurse practitioners, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, physician assistants, pharmacists, paramedics, respiratory therapists, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals. In addition, OUM has some students with non-science backgrounds such as business, accounting, art, and information technology.

Will I have to travel to Samoa?2021-09-06T16:57:36-04:00

All students matriculating to OUM are required to complete at least one four-week elective clinical rotation in Samoa. Students should apply for the Samoa rotation at least six months in advance through their regional dean.

How does OUM’s curriculum compare to those of traditional medical schools? Is it shorter?2021-09-06T17:01:53-04:00

OUM is not an abbreviated program. The OUM MD program is a full and rigorous medical school curriculum, based largely on US and Australian medical education models. The difference is that OUM facilitates online delivery of the pre-clinical portion of the curriculum.

OUM’s unique approach enables students to complete the pre-clinical modules in online classrooms, while remaining in their own communities. The pre-clinical phase consists of the Basic Scineces and System-Based Modules. As with traditional medical schools, once OUM students successfully complete their pre-clinical modules, clinical rotations occur on site at select teaching hospitals.

The MD program offers two Pathways, and the one you choose depends upon where you plan to practice. The Standard Pathway is for students who do not intend to practice in the Unted States. The USMLE (United States Medical LIcesning Exam) Pathway, with a heavy emphasis on the Basic Sciences, is for students who intend to practice in the United States and must pass the USMLE.

How long does it take to complete OUM’s MD degree program?2021-09-06T15:05:36-04:00

Students who attend OUM full-time, with no interruptions other than the existing breaks within modules, may finish the program in 4.5 years (5 years for the USMLE Pathway).

During the pre-clinical phase, students who successfully complete all consecutive annual modules may complete the pre-clinical curriculum in 32 months on the Standard Pathway, or 40 months on the USMLE Pathway.

During the clinical phase, in addition to hospital and clinic time, students should plan for a minimum two-week break between rotations to complete their logbooks and end-of-rotation exam. Given the intense workload of the clinical phase, students should expect to complete the required 72 weeks of clinical rotations within two years.

May I continue working while attending OUM?2021-09-06T17:03:17-04:00

This really depends upon the student. Medical school requires a tremendous time commitment to absorb and digest a huge quantity of very complex information. Many students find it difficult to work while also devoting a sufficient amount of time to their studies. OUM has no official policy against students working while attending medical school, but we do stress that academic studies must take priority, and of course students must remain in good standing (taking a minimum of 24 weeks of instruction per year) and successfully complete all their courses in order to progress.

Since OUM’s innovative online approach allows a certain amount of flexibility during the pre-clinical phase, many students elect to work reduced schedules in their pre-clinical years.

How are Gross Anatomy and other lab courses taught online?2021-09-06T17:05:20-04:00

When the COVID 19 pandemic forced medical schools to transition to remote learning, many schools learned what OUM has known for some time: that the didactic portion of a medical school curriculum can effectively be taught online. Even before COVID, traditional medical schools were moving towards high-quality electronic teaching material.

In addition to Gross Anatomy, a good portion of laboratory work involves acquiring skills to collect and analyze raw data from graphs, blood work, and other Pathology results. To develop these skills, OUM students receive simulated lab assignments during the course of each pre-clinical module, completed and posted for online discussion with the instructor and classmates.

How are clinical rotations handled? May I get one near my home?2021-09-06T17:09:11-04:00

Students complete clinical rotations at accredited teaching hospitals formally affiliated with OUM. The University will work with students to seek clinical rotations at an accredited hospital that is geographically convenient. In Australia, regional clinical coordinators help students secure their placements. OUM students work side-by-side with students from other medical schools on clinical activities established by the host hospital. During this portion of the curriculum, OUM also provides students with case assignments and other relevant curriculum materials that support and enhance the clinical rotation. Students are required to keep detailed logbooks, and each rotation is followed by an End of Rotation examination, both of which are factored into the student’s grade for that clinical module.

What are the admissions requirements?2021-09-06T17:11:27-04:00

Applicants need a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an appropriately accredited tertiary educational institution, with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Standardized admissions tests such as MCAT or GAMSAT are not required.

OUM selects students whom it believes will successfully complete the rigorous and demanding OUM medical degree program. The admissions decision is based upon previous academic success, healthcare experience where applicable, letters of recommendation, and the interview.

What if I already have an advanced health care degree?2021-09-06T15:09:34-04:00

OUM cannot offer advance standing, for several reasons: a) Our program is case-based so it would be impossible to isolate which courses you may have had and which you have not; b) If you have been out of school for 10-15 years, you are going to need the basic science review to pass USMLE; c) Some students who have attended Caribbean medical programs that offer advanced standing, after investing the time and money, have been denied medical licensure in certain states. If you’re looking for a school with this option, OUM is not for you. Be diligent about understanding your state’s requirements regarding advanced standing or credit for previous training. The advantage that your prior education will give you at OUM is that these past studies should make learning the material easier for you. Also check with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (www.ecfmg.org). In order to receive your certification upon graduation, which all graduates of foreign medical schools need to practice in the US, you need to spend four years in medical school. Please contact the OUM admissions office for details

May I speak with current students?2021-09-06T15:10:25-04:00

Yes. OUM sponsors monthly “Meet the Student” and “Meet the Graduate” sessions where prospective students may interact with current students and graduates. For details, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

What are the annual start dates for the MD program?2021-09-06T15:10:56-04:00

OUM welcomes two classes each year – in January and July. Application deadlines for any year are September 1, for the January term and March 1, for the July term.

How do OUM students perform on standardized licensing exams?2021-09-06T17:36:03-04:00

Students who score well on OUM’s Final Pre-Clinical Exam (FPCE) and Final Clinical Exam (FCE) score well on  the Australian Medical Council exams (AMC), the New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREZ), or the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).

As the USMLE is much more focused on the Basic Sciences, OUM developed the USMLE Pathway with added emphasis on the Basic Sciences, designed specifically for students who intend to take the USMLE.

Are OUM students eligible for US federal loans and grants?2021-09-06T15:12:47-04:00

Not at this time. OUM is internationally accredited, which is the first step toward gaining loan eligibility for its students. The University is in the process of meeting additional requirements to gain approval for loan eligibility. Students should check banks and other student lending sources, as accreditation is a major requirement for loans from those sources.

Will I be able to practice medicine after graduating from OUM?2021-09-06T15:13:47-04:00

Yes. OUM is an internationally accredited medical school, providing the requisite credentials which graduates of international medical schools need to practice in most countries. Graduates who take and pass the required exams for licensure/registration and successfully complete an internship/residency in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Samoa, the United States, or other jurisdictions, are able to practice medicine. Please speak with your Admissions Counselor about specific requirements and possible limitations. We recommend that all applicants research medical licensure requirements for the locations where they wish to practice to understand the licensing and registration requirements for international medical graduates in that region.

Where are OUM graduates practicing?2021-09-19T09:28:32-04:00

OUM graduates are currently completing residency training or already practicing medicine primarily in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Samoa, and United States,

Will I be eligible to get into a residency program in the US?2021-09-19T09:29:50-04:00

Yes. OUM students who have successfully completed USMLE Steps and 1 and 2 are eligible to apply for US residency programs through the National Residency Match Program. Certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is also a requirement, both to begin a residency and to obtain a medical license in many US states. That certification process begins when students first apply to take the USMLE Step 1 and finishes upon verification of OUM graduation. For more information, visit ECFMG’s website at www.ecfmg.org.

Am I eligible to practice medicine in Samoa after graduation?2021-09-06T17:40:06-04:00

Yes. In fact, OUM’s Samoan scholarship recipients are required to serve the country’s health system for five years following their medical training. Citizens from other countries wishing to practice medicine in Samoa must meet the country’s immigration requirements and successfully apply to the Samoan Ministry of Health. Being eligible to practice in a foreign medical school’s home country helps to meet US licensing requirements in some states. Students and prospective students are advised to check with their respective state licensing boards for specific information.