STUDENT SUPPORT: SKILL BUILDING
Structured Study Protocol
The Structured Study Protocol (SSP) is a rigorous, intensive study regimen to help prepare preclinical students for the USMLE. As the name implies, the program provides an added level of structure and discipline for students during the preclinical phase. In addition to the assigned reading and lectures for the e-Foundation and system-based modules, students on this intensive track will have supervised extra assignments, as well as daily and weekly quizzes designed to test students at USMLE levels.
The SSP is open to all preclinical OUM students in the e-Foundation 100-series and system-based modules and may be offered to students after completing the system-based modules but before starting the clinical phase as well. Participation in either version of the SSP is highly recommended for anyone wishing to practice medicine in the US. There is no additional cost for the program but there are certain standards including achieving high exam scores to remain in the SSP.
Basic Science Immersion
The Basic Science Immersion (BSI) is a comprehensive six-week course that covers all the basic sciences, which will be tested on USMLE Step 1. Daily quizzes and weekly cumulative examinations are derived from daily reading assignments
All OUM students who plan to sit for USMLE Step 1 must pass the OUM In-House Examination (IHE) to receive the University’s approval to sit for the exam. Offered once a month, the IHE focuses on basic science principles. Students are encouraged to take the IHE multiple times as they progress through the preclinical phase to gauge their fund of basic science knowledge and USMLE Step 1 readiness. The IHE’s 100 questions are randomized, and students can expect a different exam each time.
Case of the Week
The Case of the Week program helps students strengthen their diagnostic, test ordering, and management skills. The online program presents a weekly case in daily increments. Each day’s presentation is followed by a brief quiz consisting of one to four questions. A new case is presented every Monday. Case of the Week is offered free of charge, and both preclinical and clinical students are encouraged to participate.
Oceania University of Medicine Student Association (OUMSA)
The OUM Student Association (OUMSA), formed by students in early 2014, is a chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), one of the largest medical student associations in the world. Though AMSA is located in the US, membership in AMSA and the OUMSA is open to all OUM students, no matter where they live.
OUMSA serves as a helpful source of information to students who are trying to navigate the various medical registration pathways and global internship opportunities available to OUM’s diverse student body.
International Medical Honor Society
OUM students who excel academically will be eligible for nomination by the faculty in the recently formed international medical honor society, Mu Delta Iota (MDI). Following criteria used by the renowned Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) national medical honor society, MDI will accept faculty nomination of students in their first year of clinical rotations. MDI is now an option for academically gifted international medical students who previously were not eligible for membership in AOA.
Student-to-Student Learning-An Added Bonus at OUM
In addition to the structured programs and resources that OUM provides to students, the program attracts a student population with a wealth of clinical experience, many with extensive careers (up to 30 years) as nurse practitioners, senior nurses, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, paramedics/ambulance officers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other clinical health specialists. These individuals bring many skills and life experiences to the classroom and help to nurture rich and vibrant discussions, creating a unique classroom dynamic conducive to learning. This highly interactive environment produces students who are supportive and encouraging to fellow classmates.