Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine offers the following degree programs:
Philadelphia Campus only unless specified
DO/MS in Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL)
Students who have successfully completed their first year of medical study at PCOM may enter a special five-year degree program provided by PCOM’s Department of Psychology, leading to a Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership. Students complete graduate work through on-campus evening class sessions and during an extended sophomore medical year.
The program is designed to incorporate psychological theory and research in teaching the basic skills and techniques of organizational leadership. The mission of the ODL program is to prepare leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change by teaching the competencies and skill sets for improving organizational performance and realizing human potential. A key training focus of the program is the development of program evaluation methods and the creation and use of performance-based outcome measures.
DO/MS in Biomedical Sciences – Neuromusculoskeletal Science Concentration (NMS)
Students may choose to complete a five-year program that provides a foundation of advanced instruction in neuromusculoskeletal sciences and its underlying evidence-base. The program focuses on the philosophy and art of osteopathic medicine; the art of clinical patient observation, palpatory diagnosis and treatment; osteopathic principles and physiologic motions (regional and inter-segmental) in evaluation and diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders. The course of study includes instruction in research design and statistics, and completion of a master’s thesis in neuromusculoskeletal science. Completion of the program provides the student with the competencies to apply advanced neuromusculoskeletal concepts in the clinical practice setting, teach and/or conduct original research in neuromusculoskeletal medicine.
DO/MA in Healthcare Ethics Program
Osteopathic medical students may obtain a Master of Arts in Healthcare Ethics from St. Joseph’s University while completing the DO program at PCOM by concurrently completing a five-year course of study for the DO degree and a two-year program for the MA. This degree combination augments the medical curriculum by enabling PCOM medical graduates to better understand and address the ethical, cultural, and philosophical issues that influence health care and professional practice. Required healthcare ethics courses are scheduled in the evening, weekend, summer session or online to accommodate the half-time day medical curriculum of the participating students.
For further information about Osteopathic Medicine, please see:
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicinehttp://www.aacom.org/
American Osteopathic Associationhttp://www.osteopathic.org/
American Osteopathic Association's DO-Onlinehttps://www.do-online.org/
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicianshttp://www.acofp.org/
Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Associationhttp://www.poma.org/