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The design of the curriculum is based on a proven systems-based integrated academic model. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop a holistic, and more importantly, an osteopathic approach to medicine. In utilizing a systems approach to medical education, basic biomedical science disciplines are integrated with clinical sciences in a fashion that reflects clinical relevancy, rather than broken down into individual segregated disciplines. The overall curriculum is scheduled in blocks with intervening periods of integrations, reflection, wellness, and time for scholarly activity and electives. Weekly schedules follow a format of faculty guided Student Directed Learning during most afternoons and group Active Learning Sessions most mornings.  Assessments are formative and summative with an emphasis on learning of material and competency of skill.  MCOM continually correlates basic scientific information and methodology with fundamental clinical application.

Students are exposed to clinical settings and simulation beginning in their first semester and continuing throughout the first two years of coursework, giving them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. We believe that by adding early clinical exposure, simulation, and active learning in a team or small group setting early in the curriculum, we strengthen the students’ ability to think critically, solve clinical problems and develop the skills they will require to continue to learn throughout their careers. Professionalism and ethics are key components for a physician and are emphasized throughout the entire curricular experience at MCOM.

Third and fourth-year students are placed at one of our regional centers throughout the state and region to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education within RVU’s vast and growing clinical training network. The competency-based 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 preparing students to become primary care physicians.

MCOM 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (also known as Program Learning Objectives) are defined at RVU - MCOM as learning outcomes that are expected of all graduates before completion. The PLOs are reflective of the AOA Core Competencies and provide specific expectations of student performance.

  1.  Demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes to Practice Medicine with Excellence
    • a. Critical Thinking - Ability to identify and solve problems that require the integration of multiple contexts when performing patient care.
    • b. Breadth and Depth of Knowledge in the Discipline/Clinical Competence – Ability to perform appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic skills, to apply relevant information to patient care and practice, and to educate patients regarding prevention of common health problems.
    • c. Lifelong Learning Skills – Ability to engage in life-long, self-directed learning to validate continued competence in practice.
    • d. Evidence-based Practice – Ability to utilize research and evidence-based practice and apply relevant findings to the care of patients.
  2. Demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes to Practice Medicine with Compassion
    • a. Humanistic Practice – Ability to carry out compassionate and humanistic approaches to health care delivery when interacting with patients, clients, and their families. They should unfailingly advocate for patient needs
    • b. Ethical and Moral Decision-Making Skills – Ability to perform the highest quality of care, governed by ethical principles, integrity, honesty, and compassion.
  3.  Demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes to Practice Medicine with Integrity
    • a. Collaboration Skills – Ability to collaborate with clients and with other health professionals to develop a plan of care to achieve positive health outcomes for their patients.
    • b. Interpersonal Communication Skills – Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills that enable them to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and other members of the health care team.
    • c. Accountability – Demonstrate accountability to patients, society, and the profession, including the duty to act responsibly, honestly, and respectfully.


The University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without advanced notice. Learn more about the tuition payment schedule, individual health insurance status, and the tuition refund process.

The Office of Admissions processes thousands of applications for admissions each year. Learn more about requirements for admissions including residency status, minimum prerequisite course work, and GPA requirements.

The mission of MCOM is to educate and inspire students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and lifelong learners prepared to meet the diverse healthcare needs of tomorrow through innovative education, relevant research, and compassionate service.


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