A Week in the Life of an Osteopathic Medicine Student

First Two Years (75+ hrs/wk)

Last Two Years (60+ hrs/wk)

Pie chart depicting time spent in first 2 years

Pie chart depicting time spent in last year

First Two Years
Class Time: Your class time will involve lectures, clinical medicine labs, osteopathic principles & practices labs as well as directed case-based scenarios involving working as teams in small-groups followed by interactive discussions in the classroom with the faculty. Assessment of your learning is through a number of quizzes and exams.

DO ClassroomStudying: Studying often consists of reviewing recorded lectures, lecture handouts, class notes, assigned textbook readings and case studies. Students often study in groups; reminding each other of key concepts, testing each other and working together to create study guides.

Community Service: Service-learning projects are an integral part of your first year of medical education at WesternU. In your second year, you will have opportunities to continue community service activities with your classmates.

Last Two Years
Students on rotationClinical Rotations: In your third and fourth years, you will complete 88 weeks of hospital and outpatient rotations through all of the major medical disciplines. There are also many elective rotations, including rotations at international sites, so you can develop skills to excel in your postdoctoral training.  

Studying: In between bedside visits and after hours, you will read up on procedures and treatments you are performing and practice techniques such as suturing and surgical knots. You will also spend a good deal of time studying for your board exams.

Non-Academic Time
For long weekends or during spring and winter breaks, you can go home to see your family, ski, or maybe take a trip to a local hotspot.