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AACOM recently released five updated Reports on Curriculum for the 2015-16 academic year, which allow for comparison of college of osteopathic medicine (COM) curriculum data.

  • Contact Hours of Required Basic Science Instruction by Osteopathic Medical College

    Compared to 2014-15 data, the COM average for total basic sciences lecture/didactic/group learning hours increased by 15, while average hours for skills training/practice/lab decreased by 9, for the 2015-16 academic year.

  • Weeks of Elective Time by Osteopathic Medical College

    The COM average for the maximum number of weeks of elective time at another institution is 22 for both 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years. COM average for first and second-year elective time increased from 2014-15 to 2015-16, while third-year elective time decreased, and fourth-year did not change.

  • Osteopathic Medical College Curriculum Length

    All college averages for first through fourth-year curriculum length was consistent between 2014-15 and 2015-16 data, except third-year curriculum average which decreased slightly.

  • Osteopathic Medical College COMLEX Preparation Methods

    Some colleges made changes to their COMLEX preparation requirements including ATSU-SOMA, LUCOM, PCOM, RVUCOM, and UP-KYCOM that made preparation for all COMLEX levels mandatory for 2015-16, among others. NYITCOM and UNTHSC/TCOM removed COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 preparation for 2015-16.

View the full Reports on Curriculum, and explore more of AACOM’s research on the AACOM Reports web section.
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April/May 2016
Vol. 10, No. 4