28 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Osteopathic Medicine Program Academics Transfer of Credit Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in a medical school seeks to transfer to another institution. Credits may be transferred from medical schools and colleges accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association or by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). • Transfers from a medical school accredited by the COCA or the LCME shall require that, at minimum, the last two years of instruction be completed within the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. • Transfers from an LCME-accredited medical school must complete the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine’s requirement for osteopathic manipulative medicine prior to graduation. • Transfer credits will only be given if the student is in good academic standing at, and eligible for readmission to, the previously attended COCA- or LCME-accredited medical school. • Credit is only given for completed courses with grades of 70 percent (2.0) or greater that fulfill the KPCOM’s graduation requirements. Anyone wishing to transfer to the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine must meet the following criteria: 1. make a formal application to NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Admissions 2. satisfy all admission requirements to NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, which include submitting official transcripts of all college work (including osteopathic transcripts); MCAT scores; National Board scores, if taken; and letters of evaluation 3. be in good standing at the transferring institution, as documented by a letter from the dean of the transferring institution 4. supply a letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the transferring institution 5. supply a written statement outlining reasons for request for transfer Decisions on transfer are made by the dean. No applicant will be accepted without an interview. The decision will be based on factors which include, but are not limited to, academic record, interview, circumstances leading to the transfer request, available space, and admission standards. Course of Study The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine has a dedicated faculty; well established affiliations with medical centers, hospitals, and health care systems; a nationally recognized rural medicine program; and a mission to educate the finest osteopathic physicians possible. We place our students and residents at the nation’s fourth largest public hospital system—the North Broward Hospital District—or at one of our regional academic centers throughout Florida and several other states to improve continuity and coordination of clinical education within our vast and growing clinical training network. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission. The design of the curriculum is based on successful academic models—carefully developed and integrated. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop a holistic, and more importantly, an osteopathic approach to medicine. We continually correlate basic scientific information with fundamental clinical application. Students are exposed to clinical settings in their first year, which gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. This clinical exposure continues into the second year when students have increased opportunity to interact with standardized patients on campus as well as be involved, under physician supervision, with real patients in the office and hospital setting. A notable aspect of the clinical program is a required, three- month rotation in rural or urban underserved practice settings. In rural and urban underserved clinics throughout the state of Florida, nationally, and internationally, our students provide health care to medically underserved and indigent patients. Our students learn to treat various patients whose lifestyles, practices, and attitudes toward health care differ from those seen in more traditional training sites. This enriching educational experience is one that cannot be taught in the classroom. Physicians do not work in a vacuum, but rather in a health care team, and NSU promotes interdisciplinary cooperation whenever possible. Students share faculty members and campus facilities with NSU’s pharmacy, dental, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, and nursing students.