Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Osteopathic Medicine Program 25 features in an examination, such as the auscultatory sounds; and to monitor equipment. Visual Osteopathic medicine students must have visual ability sufficient for observation, assessment, and rendering of treatment necessary in patient care. It must be consistent in many cases with being able to assess asymmetry, range of motion, and tissue texture changes. Osteopathic medicine students must have sufficient visual ability to use ophthalmologic instruments. It is necessary to have adequate visual capabilities for proper evaluation and treatment integration. Students must be able to observe the patient and the patient’s responses, including body language and features of the examination and treatment. Tactile Osteopathic medicine students must have sufficient tactile ability for physical assessment. They must be able to perform palpation and functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention. Osteopathic medicine students must be able to use tactile senses to diagnose directly by palpation and indirectly by sensations transmitted through instruments. Sensory Osteopathic medicine students are required to have an enhanced ability to use their sensory skills. These enhanced tactile and proprioceptive sensory skills are essential for appropriate osteopathic evaluation and treatment of patients. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program Mission Statement The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to student-centered osteopathic medical education to produce exemplary osteopathic physicians known for competent and compassionate care. Accreditation Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Programhas been granted accreditation by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association. This body is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation as the accrediting agency for colleges educating osteopathic physicians and surgeons. An Osteopathic Physician Two types of complete physicians may practice medicine in all 50 states: the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). While both types of physicians are trained in all aspects of patient care, D.O.s offer a distinct, holistic approach to medicine. Osteopathic medicine is distinguished by an emphasis on primary care, by using osteopathic manipulative medicine when necessary, and by a tradition of caring for patients in underserved rural and urban areas. Osteopathic physicians recognize the relationship between physical structure and organic function and view the human body as an interdependent unit rather than an assortment of separate parts and systems. While all medical and surgical specialties are represented within the osteopathic medical profession, the training of vitally needed family physicians and the drive to reach rural, minority, geriatric, and indigent populations, make the osteopathic medical profession unique. We are proud of our success in producing vitally needed primary care physicians—nearly 55 percent of our graduates practice in the primary care disciplines of familymedicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics—and we remain committed to training physicians capable of delivering the highest standards of total-patient care in all practice settings. Admissions Requirements Applicants for the first-year class must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation: 1. have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (Aminimum of 90 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for admission.) 2. have successfully completed (with a grade of 2.0 or higher) • 8 semester hours of biological science (biology, embryology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, etc.) • 8 semester hours of general chemistry with laboratory • 8 semester hours of organic chemistry with laboratory • 3 semester hours of biochemistry • 8 semester hours of physics • 6 semester hours of English/humanities (must include 3 semester hours of English) Note: These areminimumacademic requirements for admission. Students are encouraged to take additional upper-level science, behavioral science, and humanities courses. It is recommended that applicants complete at least one course in physiology.