OUM offers a rigorous 40-week Post-Baccalaureate program to anyone needing that special edge to succeed in medical school, especially students who:
- did not get into medical school and are seeking a rational approach to achieve their goal.
- know they are not competitive, have not applied, and yet are still interested in attending medical school.
The same basic science courses that are the foundations of medical education around the world are now available through OUM’s online curriculum. Successful completion of the course gains students advance exposure to rigorous basic science courses in medical school, guaranteed advanced-standing admission to OUM, or a recommendation for their medical school of choice.
OUM’s Post-Bac Program consists of 10 four-week courses in the basic sciences, fundamental to medical education, offered online through live interactive lectures and discussions, self-paced lessons, and recorded lectures. The courses are:
- Biochemistry. Classic and molecular biochemistry, including structure, function, and biosynthesis of macromolecules, metabolic interrelations and control mechanisms, and biochemical genetics. Application of recent advances in knowledge of molecular bases for cellular function to disease states (diagnosis, prevention, and treatment).
- Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics. The study of the structure and function of genetic material, including DNA structure, DNA replication and recombination, regulation of gene expression, and protein synthesis. An introduction to human genetics includes human gene organization and expression, chromosome structure, karyotyping, chromosomal aberrations, sex determination and sex chromosome abnormalities, patterns of single gene inheritance, linkage analysis, human gene mapping, inborn errors in metabolism, human population genetics, polymorphic cell surface antigens, multifactorial inheritance genetics of cancer, prenatal diagnosis, and uses of recombinant DNA in medical genetics.
- Physiology. Functional features of the major organ systems in the human body. Emphasis on homeostasis and the interactions of organ systems in health and disease.
- Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Embryology. A systems approach to the analysis of human structure. Molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and organ system levels of structure and organization are integrated throughout. Basic organization of nerve cells and the human nervous system, methods of visualizing nerve cells, neural connections, and neural activity patterns are covered. Embryologic development from ovulation through birth is covered and is organized by organ systems. Topics are integrated with human anatomy to facilitate understanding of anatomic relationships, selected birth defects, and anatomic variants.
- Microanatomy & Cell Biology. Microanatomy is designed to provide students with knowledge of the major features of the structural organization of cells, tissues, and organs, and how that organization is related to function. Cell biology involves an analysis of the basic structure and function of human cells, with an emphasis on the regulation of cellular processes. The basic features of membranes, cellular compartmentalization, protein trafficking, vesicular transport, cytoskeleton, adhesion, signal transduction, and cell cycle are covered.
- Pharmacology. The various classes of drugs that are used in medicine, particularly those used in specific or symptomatic treatment of disease states, are covered. Drugs of abuse are also covered. Emphasis is on the mechanisms of action of drugs at the organ and system level and on their use in medicine.
- Microbiology. Comparative metabolism of small molecules and cell structure and relationship to microbial classification are covered, including macromolecule synthesis and regulation, cell division, growth, and effects of antibiotics.
- Immunology. A study of humoral and cellular immunology. Topics include lymphoid systems, cells, antigens, antibodies, antibody formation, cellular immunity, and tumor and transplantation immunology. Diseases and altered immune states associated with each topic are discussed in detail.
- Pathology. Provides an overview of the molecular mechanisms of human diseases, including neurologic, hematologic, neoplastic, and infectious diseases.
- Behavioral Medicine and Biostatistics. The course focuses on biological, psychological, and social substrates of normal and pathological human behavior, including major the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Introduction to statistical methods used by medical researchers, including descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression, and correlation.
In addition to US-based faculty—all with MD or PhD degrees—students have access to academic advisors who will guide them through the program, provide extra resources as needed, and test them regularly to ensure understanding of the material.
The academic advisor prepares students for admission to the medical school of choice, including assistance with the application process, interview preparation, and appropriate follow-up. Plus, students receive a detailed letter of recommendation to go with medical school applications.
Upon successful completion of the OUM Post-Bac Program, students are guaranteed admission to OUM’s MD program with advanced standing. Depending upon performance, the student may be able to enter directly into OUM’s systems-based modules (late first year).
The application process for the OUM Post-Bac Program is the same as for the MD program, because upon completion the student is eligible for enrollment in OUM. After all, an objective of the Post-Bac Program is to prepare students for the competitive medical school application process.