The Baptist Health Sciences University proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine (BUCOM) is committed to ensuring competency-based medical education through a four-year, doctorate program. The curriculum will include activities and assessments that reflect educational objectives for the seven core competencies identified by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

BUCOM will provide an exemplary model of education that prepares physicians who will integrate the art and science of healing with their faith, calling and pursuit of excellence. A significant part of the education is a campus-based curriculum, and all courses are taught by experienced and passionate professional educators in classroom settings.

The proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine is part of the Baptist Memorial Health Care (BMHC) system which is one of the largest health care systems and the largest provider of Medicaid in the region. Baptist offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South and consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation. The health care system comprises 22 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 5,400 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 800 providers; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers. These resources will provide well-rounded and diverse clinical training experiences.

Primary hospital assignments are determined through a selection
process in year 2 (OMS-2). Students will complete the majority of their OMS-3 and OMS-4 clinical rotations within Baptist’s system. During clinical training, students will be required to participate in orientation at
their clinical training sites and learn the hospital’s policies and procedures. Students must also meet the requirements to enter clinical training per the clinical affiliation agreement.

Ultimately, the Baptist Health Sciences University proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine will prepare future DOs for their required internships, residencies and fellowships, eventually leading to licensure and board certification.