A Week in the Life of an Osteopathic Medicine Student

First Two Years (75+ hrs/wk)

  • Class Time 45 hrs/wk
  • Studying 28 hrs/wk
  • Community Service 2 hrs/wk

Last Two Years (60+ hrs/wk)

  • Clinical Rotations 40 hrs/wk
  • Studying 20 hrs/wk
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.

Studying

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.

Clinical 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.

Studying, Clinical Skill Development, and Clinical Preparation

During the D3 and D4 year, you can expect to spend at least 10 hours each week outside of scheduled clinic and didactic classes. This time includes individual and directed group study, advanced clinical skill development, and supporting direct patient care.

Community Service

As a WesternU dental student, you will participate in extensive community-based clinical care experiences. You will work in clinical sites such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), community health centers, hospital-based clinics, and private dental practices. Most of these sites will be in the Southern California, In addition to our formal service-learning program, you can also hone skills through the numerous study clubs and student organizations on campus.

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.

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.

Studying

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
Clinical 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.

Studying, Clinical Skill Development, and Clinical Preparation

During the D3 and D4 year, you can expect to spend at least 10 hours each week outside of scheduled clinic and didactic classes. This time includes individual and directed group study, advanced clinical skill development, and supporting direct patient care.

Community Service

As a WesternU dental student, you will participate in extensive community-based clinical care experiences. You will work in clinical sites such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), community health centers, hospital-based clinics, and private dental practices. Most of these sites will be in the Southern California, In addition to our formal service-learning program, you can also hone skills through the numerous study clubs and student organizations on campus.

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.