KYCOM Curriculum

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First & Second Year Curriculum
The first two years of the osteopathic medical curriculum focus on basic and clinical sciences. The current curriculum can be found in the KYCOM Catalog. In the 2013-2014 KYCOM catalog, this information begins on page 46.

Third & Fourth Year Curriculum

2013-2014 Clinical Rotations Manual

During the third and fourth years at KYCOM, students complete clinical rotations at sites in Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The required Core Clinical Rotations include Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Women’s Health, and Psychiatry. The required Selective Clinical Rotations consist of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Osteopathic Medicine, and Women’s Health. During the third and fourth years, a total of 21 four-week rotation blocks have been provided to complete 80 weeks of rotation requirements, which include:

  • 40 weeks of required Core Clinical Rotations (10 blocks)
  • 24 weeks of required Selective Clinical Rotations (6 blocks)
  • 16 weeks of Elective Clinical Rotations (4 blocks)
  • 4 weeks for COMLEX-USA Level 2 preparation (1 block)

The current third and fourth year curriculum can be found in the KYCOM Catalog. In the 2013-2014 KYCOM catalog, this information begins on page 53.

This schedule includes two weeks at the end of the third year devoted to clinical skills evaluation and a mandatory class meeting, plus four weeks of winter holiday breaks (two weeks per year, per KYCOM calendar).

Graduation Requirements
A student who has fulfilled all of KYCOM’s requirements will be granted the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The student requirements for graduation from KYCOM are as follows.

  • Satisfactorily meets all the curricular, legal, and financial requirements of KYCOM and of the University.
  • Passes the COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2 CE, and Level 2 PE examinations within the number of attempts and timelines specified by KYCOM.
  • Is at least 21 years of age.
  • Demonstrates the ethical, personal, and professional qualities deemed necessary for the successful and continued study and practice of osteopathic medicine.
  • Demonstrates suitability for the practice of medicine as evidenced by the assumption of responsibility for patient care and integrity in the conduct of clinical activities.
  • Attends, in person, the ceremony at which the degree is conferred.


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