Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine
Our expert teams are developing a unique curriculum to support engaged and well-rounded physicians who have trained in the classroom, the clinical setting, and within the communities where they are learning:
- Symptom Based
- State-of-the-art technology to include HoloLens and hand-held ultrasound
- Team-Based-Learning classroom
- Additional hours in manual medicine
- Additional hours in nutrition and wellness
- Patient-centered approach
- Holistic approach
Symptom Based means the subjects taught in medical school will focus around a specific symptom, for example, headache. Students learn about the anatomy that can contribute to headache, the possible causes due to the physiology and pathology and the pharmacology to treat headache. Each system will be mapped for symptom based morphology, what's common and how to differentiate the patient's symptoms.
This approach is preferred by many students and professionals as it aligns with real-life practice. Many hail system based as the most respected approach to medical education since it covers each organ system in depth, offering students time to learn the anatomy and physiology, pathology and then pharmacology. It also helps contextualize each piece of information more broadly as a whole.
Well-respected programs, including Harvard Medical School, include case and system based approach in their curriculum and ours will take it one step beyond to symptom based multidisciplinary systems with integration of anatomy and other tools in each system.
Traditionally, medical students learned anatomy in a dissection lab - often cramped, with too many students per cadaver to afford anyone a good view. The chemicals used to preserve the bodies are harsh and can provoke allergies. The labs are difficult and costly to maintain. Thanks to technology, there is a better, more interactive opportunity for medical students to master anatomy.
HoloLens wearers see a representation of a human body in 3D, and can navigate through the layers of skin, muscle, blood vessels, and organs to the skeleton below.