Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Department of Clinical Education

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Department of Clinical Education consists of the following clinical departments, each with a Department Chair and associated faculty:

The Department of Clinical Education contributes to all four years of the osteopathic medical student's pre-doctoral training providing academic knowledge, clinical simulation, assessment and active clinical exposure and training.

During the first two years of medical school, the student receives training in basic science courses and skills labs, as well as hands on experiences with standardized patients during Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). In addition, there are regularly scheduled small groups and lectures to facilitate the clinical application of didactic learning and hands on experiences. Through these courses, medical students gain foundational medical knowledge, demonstrate application of clinical skills and develop professional skills needed for clinical experiences during rotations.

During the third and fourth years, students build on their academic knowledge through clinical rotation exposure in physician's offices, clinics and hospitals, with direct patient care as well as post rotation examinations (NBME and NBOME) and other evaluative tools. The Department of Clinical Education supports all third and fourth year medical students during required core as well as elective rotations. Each third and fourth year student is assigned to an Education Coordinator who assists the student with third and fourth year rotation scheduling, documentation compliance, and guidance for applications to residencies. All faculty within the Clinical Education Department maintain an open-door policy and are integrally involved in coaching and mentoring students regarding career choices and the residency match process. Through the clinical rotation and faculty guidance, medical students gain competency in the integration of medical knowledge, development of differential diagnosis, the reporting of patient care and advancement of professional skills needed to advance to post graduate training in residency.

The department of Clinical Education maintains a strong collaboration with the Midwestern University's Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (MWU OPTI), where the medical students are provided clinical rotation opportunities within medical facilities and programs associated with AOA approved residencies.