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 Surgery:  General
4 weeks Pediatrics
4 weeks Psychiatry
4 weeks Obstetrics/Gynecology
4 weeks Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
12 weeks Elective Rotations

Fourth Year Rotations

4 weeks Emergency Medicine
4 weeks Selective 2
4 weeks Sub-Internship
28 weeks Elective Rotations
Rotation Sites

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.

Some examples of Southern California core rotation hospitals that we partner with include:

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

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

Fourth year students are encouraged to apply for international rotations (dependent upon WesternU or National/International travel restrictions). WesternU students have rotated through sites in numerous countries including Mexico, Germany, England, Morocco, Ecuador, India, Papua New Guinea, and more!

Do student on rotations in India
DO student on rotation

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). For more information on international rotations, please contact Dr. Maryam Othman.

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 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona, CA. Recent graduates have matched competitive residency programs throughout the country representing virtually all medical specialties