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:  Family Medicine, Integrated Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery and Anesthesia. Integrated Medicine includes Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry and Radiology. The department contributes to all four years of the student's pre-doctoral training providing academic knowledge, clinical simulation, assessment and active clinical exposure and training. During the first two years, 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, students gain foundational medical knowledge, demonstrate application of clinical skills, and develop professional skills needed for clinical experiences. 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, post-rotation examinations, and other evaluative tools. Each student is assigned to an Education Coordinator who assists them with rotation scheduling, documentation compliance, and guidance for applications to residencies. Department faculty maintain an open-door policy and are integrally involved in coaching and mentoring students regarding career choices and the residency match process. Through clinical rotations 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 also maintains a strong collaboration with the Midwestern University Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (MWU OPTI), where medical students are provided clinical rotation opportunities within medical facilities and programs associated with accredited residencies.