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.

Third Year Rotations

4 weeks Family Medicine
4 weeks Internal Medicine:  General
4 weeks Internal Medicine:  General
4 weeks Internal Medicine:  Specialty
(e.g. GI, Cardiology, or Neurology)
4 weeks Surgery:  General
4 weeks Pediatrics
4 weeks Psychiatry
4 weeks Obstetrics/Gynecology
4 weeks Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
8 weeks Elective

Fourth Year Rotations

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
Rotation Sites

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. Northwest core rotation sites include:

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.

DO student on rotation
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, Morocco, 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 Katherine Fisher, DO Director of Clinical Education,

Do student on rotations in India
Residency Placement

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 new Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency scheduled to start in July, 2012 at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona, CA. Recent graduates have matched in top residencies throughout the country representing virtually all medical specialties.