My medical school journey, at least for the first two years, is unique compared to other medical schools. The first year all 100 or so of us are on campus taking courses… or sitting in pajamas listening to recorded lectures eating an “oh so delicious” avocado toast (a.k.a me all year). We have small group sessions where we discussed cases, osteopathic manipulative medicine lessons, and a medical skills course to practice patient care.
The second year we are divided into groups of 8-10 and travel to community health centers around the nations which we selected when accepted. During our time at the community health centers, we are able to see patients in clinic, participate in small groups, and learn osteopathic medicine from our preceptors. Our classes, however, are recorded podcasts and posted weekly. Although classes are mainly online, we still have amazing professors available to answer any questions that come up and preceptors in the clinic supporting us. Third and fourth year are similar to other medical schools where we have rotations to help us decide which specialty is the right one!
I personally enjoy this type of schedule because I consider myself an independent learner. I am also very excited to start my clinical portion of medical school earlier and follow my patients throughout my second year. More importantly, I will be working with populations facing various health disparities. Although I am nervous to move to a new city, I am excited to explore and make new memories during this amazing journey!
Does anyone else attend a medical school with a unique program for its students?