Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Educating physicians who will excel by learning the whole-person approach to delivering superior patient care in communities they serve.
About the CUSOM Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program
As the first and only osteopathic medical school established in the state of North Carolina, our faculty prepare Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students to be lifelong learners and excellent practitioners that are holistic in their approach to patient care.
Our medical students learn in a state-of-the-art 96,500-square-foot facility known as the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences. DO students are educated on clinical skills and simulation medicine in the SIM lab, introduced to osteopathic manipulative medicine in our OMM lab, and assigned to regional clinical sites in North Carolina. Additionally, there are opportunities to engage with our community health centers and serve on medical missions.
The DO Program Curriculum
The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum is designed to provide students necessary skills to pursue careers in primary care or medical and surgical sub-specialties. Osteopathic principles are integrated throughout, as well as covered in depth in the longitudinal Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine course. Interviewing skills, physical diagnosis, and clinical reasoning are taught in the longitudinal Clinical Skills course series. Epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, and research skills are included in the Foundations of Medical Practice course series, while the Professional Core Competencies course series addresses medical ethics, humanities, health systems, global health, and professionalism. For further information, including course descriptions please see the Academic Bulletin.
Years one & two
During years one and two the curriculum is highly integrated to provide both a strong core of biomedical principles and a robust foundation in clinical sciences including osteopathic principles, clinical skills, and professionalism. Content is delivered in 9-week blocks over four semesters. The week between blocks allows time for students to have a vacation or participate in medical mission trips.
Years three & four
Year three and four students train at regional clinical sites in North Carolina and South Carolina. Clinical experiences occur within hospitals for inpatient experiences, ambulatory practices, and acute care facilities. In keeping with our mission to prepare primary care physicians for underserved areas while preparing students to enter residency in any specialty, all students spend time in rural small and critical access hospitals for an underserved care experience.
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Campbell University is one of only three private universities in North Carolina to hold SACSCOC Level VI accreditation status, the highest level possible. The other two institutions are Duke and Wake Forest.