The College of Medicine was founded in 1992 with
the goal of preparing students to become osteopathic
physicians. A branch campus is located in Brandenton, Florida. The first 2 years of the educational program are offered on the main campus or branch campus, while clinical training is offered at many clinical
The school has designed student-centered curricula that
recognize that medical students have different learning
styles. Students can enroll in the traditional LectureDiscussion Pathway, small-group, Problem-Based
Learning Pathway, or the individually directed, selflearning Independent Pathway. The main campus in
Erie, Pennsylvania, offers all 3 learning pathways.
Brandenton campus enrolls all students in the ProblemBased Learning Pathway. All educational pathways
begin with 12 weeks of gross anatomy. The school
requires students to complete 2 years of Osteopathic
Manipulative Medicine Training. The Lecture-Discussion Pathway starts with the core curriculum of basic
sciences and introduction to clinical education. After
gross anatomy, courses are offered in microbiology,
immunology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology,
health care management, and spirituality, medicine, and
ethics. In the second semester of the first year, the curriculum integrates the basic and clinical science components of each particular human organ system through
classroom and small-group instruction/discussion. Lectures offer clinical perspectives from the point of view
of both the primary care physician and as the specialist.
Students begin clinical experience during the first year
working with physician preceptors and learning to take
patient histories and conduct physical examinations
through the Clinical Osteopathic Diagnostic Applications Course taught by local physicians. The ProblemBased Learning Pathway emphasizes student-centered,
self-directed learning. Groups of 8 students meet with
the faculty facilitator 3 times per week. A series of
cases focus on learning the basic and clinical sciences
involved in solving patient problems. Students work
independently and in small groups on learning issues at
each session. Cases are based on actual patients. Students initially learn only the name, age, gender, and
chief complaint. Following discussions, the group will
request additional information, such as the results of a
history and physical. Additional discussion follows and
the students begin to form differential diagnoses
requesting additional clinical data such as the results of
an EKG or an MRI as needed. Students progress
through basic science and onto clinical science as they
become better at solving patients’ cases at the end of
the second year. The Independent Study Pathway provides significant flexibility for students during their
first 2 years of medical school. The Pathway requires
the student to have excellent organizational and time
management skills in order to proceed through the curriculum and meet strict examination deadlines. The
program is a closely directed course of study. Students
use lists of highly structured learning objectives compiled into module booklets. The modules are divided
into Core and Systems. Core modules deal with fundamentals of basic science, while systems modules integrate basic science and clinical disciplines in an organ
systems approach to learning.
Affiliated Teaching Hospitals
The school is affiliated with more than 80 clinical
training sites including hospitals, medical centers,
clinics, and physician practices to provide quality
clinical experiences with graduated responsibility.
Elective training opportunities are also available.
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4-year. A bachelors’ degree is required for admissions. The basic premedical science courses are
required with additional requirements in English and
behavioral sciences. Applicants are required to complete the AACOMAS and supplemental applications
as well as to submit recent MCAT scores. The applicant should arrange for the submission of a preprofessional advisory committee evaluation and a recommendation from an osteopathic physician.
Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.