Medical School Curriculum


At OU Medicine, our mission is leading health care. Our vision is to be the premiere enterprise for advancing health care, medical education and research for the community, state and region. Through our combined efforts we strive to improve the lives of all people.

The OU College of Medicine MD program consists of basic science and clinical coursework designed to help students master the core knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the practice of medicine. The four-year curriculum consists of two track options: the traditional track offered on the main academic medical center campus in Oklahoma City and the School of Community Medicine (SCM) track offered on the branch campus in Tulsa. While the core curriculum on both campuses is identical, the SCM track emphasizes community-based healthcare and the healthcare needs of the under-served. Students must choose a track during the admissions process.

The core curriculum is guided by six competency areas: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice. The curriculum emphasizes the human and personal qualities of professional development and the scientific foundations of medicine. Patient contact is a major component of each of the four years of medical school beginning with student interactions with standardized patients and extending to hospital and ambulatory settings during subsequent coursework. Students are required to take and pass Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) prior to beginning third year clinical rotations. Students must take the USMLE Step 2 examination (including the Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills components) during the fourth year and report their score. 

Preclinical Curriculum (Years One and Two)
The College offers a modern integrated, systems-based preclinical curriculum. The preclinical curriculum is designed to emphasize the connections between basic and clinical science concepts, promote learning and retention, encourage independent study and self-assessment, and provide students with opportunities to complement their basic science coursework with enrichment experiences. Students are divided into small "module" groups, a unique aspect to our medical school.

Classroom and laboratory studies are complemented with clinical demonstrations and case studies, problem and team-based learning, and an extensive online curriculum. The preclinical curriculum includes early exposure to patients in the integrated Clinical Medicine I and II courses. Students learn interviewing skills on standardized patients and practice clinical skills in a new state-of-the-art clinical skills center. The second year curriculum concludes with a novel Clinical Transitions course designed to facilitate the integration of concepts introduced during the systems-based courses.

Clinical Curriculum (Years Three and Four)
Depending on which educational track the student is enrolled in, the clinical curriculum may be taken at either the Oklahoma City or Tulsa campus. The clinical curriculum in Oklahoma City is primarily based at the OU Medical Center and Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The Tulsa clinical curriculum uses community hospitals such as Saint Francis Hospital, St. John Hospital, and Hillcrest Medical Center. All clinical students are required to take core clerkships in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. During the clinical curriculum students select three two-week "selective" courses from a variety of sub-specialty areas. Senior students participate in the National Residency Match Program to secure their residency program positions.

MD Program Academic Requirements
A fourth-year student must successfully complete all required examinations and scheduled coursework in order to be eligible for graduation. No student shall graduate without the recommendation of the College of Medicine faculty. The promotion and graduation requirements are described in college policy 401. Students must comply with other applicable university policies and college policies (see College of Medicine Policy Manual.)

Curriculum Resources
Rotation Dates, Academic Calendars & Curriculum Overviews
Information regarding the MD program academic calendar, preclinical curriculum course schedules, and clinical curriculum rotation schedules. 

Programs & Courses

Degree Programs
In addition to conferring the Doctor of Medicine Degree, OU College of Medicine offers a Physician Associate Program and several dual degree programs to meet the unique interests of medical students.

Course Catalogs
The catalogs listed below provide a comprehensive listing of preclinical and clinical curriculum courses (including course descriptions, contact information, site location, etc.)

MS4 Off Campus Elective Policy
Find information about what is needed to get approval for your off campus elective rotation.

Professional Enrichment (INDT 8001)
For additional opportunities to pursue clinical experiences, please complete the Professional Enrichment INDT  8001 form and return to the College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs.

Program Objectives & Assessment
Assessment & Grading of Students
Provides details on the assessment of students and current grading system used at the OU College of Medicine.

Educational Program Objectives
Provides information on the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the College of Medicine undergraduate medical education program.