Student Spotlight

Chauncey R. Syposs IV, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • Undergraduate Studies: Undergrad: Biology and Philosophy (Canisius College); Graduate: Human Anatomy and Cellular Biology (University of Buffalo School of Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Multicultural Club, acting Treasurer and Secretary, Students for Choice

Why did you choose RVU? RVU had a great reputation for its board scores and the structure of its curriculum. Being less than an hour...
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Faculty Spotlight

Rachel M.A. Linger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

  • Hometown: Dunkirk, MD
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Science in Biology with high honors in Zoology (University of Maryland)
  • Graduate Studies: Doctoral degree in Pharmacology (University of Colorado); Post-Doctoral Fellowship investigating novel biologic targets for new therapies in lung cancer and leukemia

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the COM and MSBS programs; pharmacology is taught as separate courses...
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Curriculum

The College of Osteopathic Medicine has a dedicated faculty; established affiliations with medical centers, hospitals, and health care systems; a structured and supported rural medicine program; and a mission to educate the finest osteopathic physicians possible. Students are placed at one of our regional centers throughout the state to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education within our vast and growing clinical training network. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission of training students who are competent and ready to enter graduate medical education and training with an emphasis on becoming primary care physicians.

The design of the applications-based curriculum is based on successful integrated academic models. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop an osteopathic approach to medicine. We continually correlate basic scientific information and methodology with fundamental clinical application. Students are exposed to clinical settings in their first semester, which gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. This clinical exposure expands in the second year, and the students have increased opportunity to interact with standardized patients on campus, as well as be involved, under physician supervision, with real patients in the office and hospital setting. Physicians do not work alone, but rather as part of a health care team, and RVUCOM promotes interdisciplinary cooperation whenever possible in the classroom and in all of its clinical settings.

 

Academic Year 2016-2017

 

Year One – Semester I

Credit Hours

Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms

5

Hematology/Immunology I

3

Musculoskeletal System I

8

Cardiovascular System I

5

Respiratory System I

2

Renal System I

2

Osteopathic Principles & Practice I

4

Principles of Clinical Medicine I

4

Medical Informatics I

2

Medical Ethics I

1

Year One – Semester II

Credit Hours

Gastrointestinal System I

4

Endocrine/Reproductive System I

4

Neuroscience System I

9

Transition to Clinical Medicine

17

Osteopathic Principles & Practice II

2

Principles of Clinical Medicine II

4

Medical Informatics II

2

Medical Ethics II

1

Year Two – Semester I

Credit Hours

Renal System II

7

Cardiovascular System II

6

Respiratory System II

6

Hematologic/Lymphatic System II

4

Gastrointestinal System II

5

Osteopathic Principles & Practice III

3

Principles of Clinical Medicine III

5

Medical Ethics III

1

Year Two – Semester II

Credit Hours

Endocrine System II

4

Reproductive System II

4

Musculoskeletal System II

3

Neuroscience System II

5

Psychiatry System II

4

Osteopathic Principles & Practice IV

3

Principles of Clinical Medicine IV

4

Medical Ethics IV

1

Pathophysiological Overview of Medicine

6

Outpatient Early Clinical Experience

1

Years Three and Four

Credit Hours

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (Capstone)

2

 OPP Clinical Integration I and II 2

Required Core Rotations:

Family Medicine

8

Internal Medicine

8

Surgery

8

Obstetrics & Gynecology

4

Pediatrics

4

Psychiatry

4

Required Elective Rotations
(3 must be audition/sub I rotations)

46

Minimum number of hours to be completed in Years III and IV
(1 credit hour = one week)

88

It is the expectation that students will be involved in academic pursuits throughout Years III and IV of the curriculum, including COMLEX 2 PE preparation. Students not completing the required 88 credit hours may be allowed to walk at graduation but must complete the 88 hour minimum before the awarding of the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more information about a specific course, review the Student Handbook and Catalog.