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Curriculum

Des Moines University’s doctor of osteopathic medicine curriculum prepares you for a lifetime of success. The integration of self-directed inquiry and evidence-based practice into the curriculum helps you learn to evaluate clinical research.

Students gain extensive training in osteopathic manual medicine, physical diagnoses and preventive and evidence-based medicine. Medical humanities and bioethics are integrated throughout the curriculum, and a wide array of electives allow students to explore different topics and individualize their education.

You will develop critical thinking skills to guide you through gray areas of medical ethics. Equally important, you will understand the ways effective communication with patients affects their health and recovery.

Four Years of Study

First YearFocuses on fundamental scientific principles that form the foundation of medicine.
Second YearBuilds on the science foundation and follows an integrated organ system approach that encompasses basic and clinical sciences.
Third YearUses a combination of lectures, case-based and small-group discussions and laboratory exercises.
Third and Fourth YearStudents are fully immersed in clinical training with clinical rotations at hospitals and clinics.

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