Years 1 and 2
California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine uses a two-pass, systems-based clinical application model which is based on the premise that a student needs to know and understand normal biomedical and clinical sciences before abnormal or pathological conditions can be addressed.
Nutrition, clinical relevance, ethics, health policy, evidence-based medicine, and application of foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes are added to enforce retention and retrieval. The curriculum includes systems-based courses, longitudinal courses, and inter-professional education courses.
The teaching format utilizes Team-Based Learning (TBL), simulation, and other active learning modalities. Assessments are multimodal and include written, laboratory practical examinations, Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCES), and other innovative methodologies.
Years 3 and 4
Strong and valued partnerships have been established with highly regarded physicians, clinics and hospital systems in the Central Valley of California for clinical clerkships during years 3 and 4. Students must be enrolled in clinical activities throughout the entire academic years of the third and fourth years. A clinical education curriculum has been established which students will follow, that ensures that students complete the entirety of their clinical education prior to graduation.
CHSU has partnership agreements in place to assure all the core third and fourth year rotations along with selective clinical education clerkships will be completed in the California Central Valley, with a focus on clinical experiences serving diverse populations.
Third and fourth year clinical education experiences will have opportunities for education in community health centers in a team-based, interprofessional care model.