Teaching and Learning Methodologies

O&Med’s unique curriculum is designed to include:

Integrated academic modules:

  • Initially introduces students to basic biomedical mechanisms that support and maintain health followed, by a consideration of how their dysfunction results in disorders and disease in specific organ systems.
  • Emphasizes the relationship between basic and clinical science concepts as they relate to clinical problem-solving, diagnosis and patient management.
  • Encourages the acquisition of professional behaviors and clinical competencies, as well as technical skills, essential for effective and efficient practice in their future careers in medicine.

Active and experiential learning styles:

  • Lecture presentations of core curriculum content are complemented through discussion teaching to apply biomedical principles in problem-based small groups, seminars, labs, independent projects and research. 
  • Clinical skills are advanced by work in a simulation lab that permits monitored practice with feedback prior to interacting with actual patients.
  • The problem-based learning (PBL) methodology is the core teaching and assessment approach within the O&Med’s educational strategy, promoting active learning driven by challenging, carefully selected real life health problems and situations. Students will work in small collaborative groups, guided by teachers in the role of facilitators of the learning process. Through PBL, our students will have the opportunity of approaching theoretical concepts by directly applying them on real-life situations and problem solving, as bases for active acquisition of retainable and retrievable meaningful knowledge.

Community and global health perspectives:

  • The often neglected leadership role of future physicians as health advocates and policy makers is addressed by the inclusion of early clinical experiences in the Dominican Health Care System, team projects to identify health problems and design effective interventions and the inclusion of non-traditional curriculum topics to address health care delivery disparities (epidemiology, population health, knowledge management and leadership skills).