Years I and II

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum is a hybrid model utilizing discipline- and system-based delivery. Initially, the curriculum will present core concept knowledge in the traditional discipline-based manner, which includes a full first semester of basic foundational sciences and anatomy with cadaver dissection. Additional pre-clinical instruction is delivered in a systems-based format, concentrating on clinical integration with a patient-centered focus.

This curriculum delivery model is complemented by longitudinal instruction in osteopathic principles and practice, high-fidelity patient simulation, and early standardized patient encounters. This blended model continually reinforces the application of learned knowledge into a clinical framework for long-term retention.

OMS-I Courses (Fall)OMS-II Courses (Fall)
•Anatomical Sciences
•Molecular Medicine
•Foundations of Modern Healthcare I
•Osteopathic Principles & Practice I
•Primary Clinical Skills I
•Osteopathic Principles & Practice III
•Primary Clinical Skills III
OMS-I Courses (Spring)OMS-II Courses (Spring)
-Hematology and Lymph
•Osteopathic Principles & Practice II
•Primary Clinical Skills II
•Foundations of Modern Healthcare II
•Osteopathic Principles & Practice IV
•Primary Clinical Skills IV

Years III and IV

ACOM’s third and fourth year clinical curriculum is delivered throughout the state of Alabama and beyond at community-based hospitals and clinics utilizing a network of physicians with almost 10 years of osteopathic clinical training experience.

Students are assigned to a core clerkship site for their clinical training. The core curriculum for the third year will include Behavioral Medicine, Internal Medicine (2), General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics and Family Medicine. The remainder of the year is designated for elective clerkships for students to personalize their clinical training.

The fourth year curriculum is intended to build on the foundational experience provided in the third year. These experiences are in settings where more demands for independence can be expected of the senior medical student. Numerous electives will allow students to travel to locations that offer them the opportunity to develop residency training applications for a successful transition to graduate medical education.