As a WesternU osteopathic medical student, you'll gain considerable early clinical experience and be well-prepared when you enter your third and fourth year rotations. Your rotation experiences will enable you to further develop your clinical skills.
|4 weeks||Family Medicine|
|4 weeks||Internal Medicine: General|
|4 weeks||Internal Medicine: General|
Internal Medicine: Specialty
(e.g. GI, Cardiology, or Neurology)
|4 weeks||Surgery: General|
|4 weeks||Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine|
|4 weeks||Emergency Medicine|
|4 weeks||Medicine Sub-Internship (e.g. Family, Internal, Pediatrics, Geriatrics)|
|4 weeks||Surgery Sub-Internship (general, subspecialty or procedural specialty)|
|28 weeks||Elective Rotations|
Most core rotations are located within driving distance of WesternU and will expose you to a wide range of practice options. It is our philosophy to give students a variety of experiences that include community-based hospitals, county-based hospitals, and private practice offices.
Rotation sites include a variety of settings including community and county hospitals, sites with and without residency programs, and inpatient, so that students are able to experience the broad spectrum of medical practice. Southern California core rotation sites include:
- Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, Alhambra, CA
- Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA
- Doctor's Hospital of Montclair, Montclair, CA
- Downey Regional Medical Center, Downey, CA
- Chino Valley Medical Center, Chino, CA
- Corona Regional Medical Center, Corona, CA
- Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park, CA
- Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, CA
- Marian Medical Center, Santa Maria, CA
- North Orange County Pediatrics, Placentia, CA
- Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
- Patton State Hospital, San Bernardino, CA
- Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, CA
- Citrus Valley Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA
- Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA
- Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley, CA
- San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, CA
- San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Rialto, CA
- St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA
- Ventura Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura, CA
- Western University of Health Sciences Patient Care Center, Pomona, CA
Hundreds of elective rotation sites are available to our students all over the country. Elective rotations are possible in all medical specialties. Additionally, students may participate in clinical research electives and international medicine electives.
International Elective Rotations
You may also apply for up to 8 weeks of international elective rotations during your fourth year. WesternU students have rotated through sites in numerous countries including Mexico, Germany, England, Morocco, Ecuador, India, Papua New Guinea, and more!
Students can research international rotation options through websites such as the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) and International Federation of Medical Student's Associations (IFMSA).
You will be able to participate in international rotations if you speak the country’s language, have at least an 80% GPA, and receive approval from WesternU’s Center for Global and Community Health (CGCH). For more information on international rotations, please contact Dr. Maryam Othman.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific’s fourth-year curriculum gives students the flexibility needed to do “audition rotations” at potential residency sites. The flexibility that COMP gives students during the senior year enables them to increase their chances of “matching” in the desired residency program. Additionally, COMP supports a number of residency programs through our Osteopathic Post-Graduate Training Institute (OPTI), including a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona, CA. Recent graduates have matched in top residencies throughout the country representing virtually all medical specialties.