Preclinical Curriculum (Years 1 & 2)

ICOM preclinical curriculum is designed to be highly integrated to provide both a rigorous foundation in the fundamental principles of biomedical science, and a robust emphasis on the clinical sciences including osteopathic principles, clinical skills and professionalism. 

During the first two years of ICOM’s curriculum, foundational concepts in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology and knowledge of the components of Research are integrated in an interleaved fashion with clinical content to be delivered via 11 organ system-based courses.

A comprehensive curriculum is designed to introduce students to osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and provide opportunities to learn the skills required for the successful practice of osteopathic medicine and promote a healthy professional life of lifelong learning. Throughout the first and second years, students are provided the opportunity to learn communication skills and osteopathic terminology necessary for history-taking and conducting an osteopathic physical examination. Additionally, all students engage in clinical courses which provide essential training in the history, principles and practice of osteopathic medicine, physical and differential diagnosis, medical ethics and the legal aspects of medicine. State-of-the-art patient simulators and standardized patients will enhance students’ familiarity with clinical scenarios and development of clinical skills.

As part of their second-year curriculum, all students receive hands-on opportunities through the Early Clinical Experience (ECE) in which they are provided the opportunity to engage with patients under the supervision of a full-time ICOM faculty member.