Hospitals and other healthcare employers are seeking physicians and nurses who are better prepared to work in teams to meet patients’ and communities’ healthcare needs. MU-COM will offer a novel approach to the medical training curriculum by adding opportunities for co-training nurses and physicians. Medical and nursing students will work together to develop team skills that better prepare them for the challenges of working in a healthcare environment. Medical professionals of the future will need these skills to succeed in the workplace and to provide the highest level of patient care.
The innovative curriculum will emphasize osteopathic training in primary care concepts.
Courses will be systems-based, with foundational clinical cases and group study. Students will be exposed to a clinical experience in years one and two, with core rotations for clinical clerkship in the third year, including: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, psychiatry, and obstetrics/gynecology. Students will also have rotations in ambulatory clinics and in community health.
In their fourth and final year, students will complete required rotations in emergency medicine (eight weeks), community hospital (eight weeks), and rural medicine (four weeks). Students have many more electives which may include sub-intern experiences in a variety of specialties and sub-specialties.