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Clinical Experiences

As a WesternU osteopathic medical student, you’ll gain considerable early clinical experience and be well-prepared when you enter your third- and fourth-year rotations. Your rotation experiences will enable you to further develop your clinical skills.

Third Year Rotations

Length Type
4 weeks Family Medicine
4 weeks Internal Medicine:  General
4 weeks Internal Medicine:  General
4 weeks Surgery:  General
4 weeks Pediatrics
4 weeks Psychiatry
4 weeks Obstetrics/Gynecology
4 weeks Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
12 weeks Elective Rotations

Fourth Year Rotations

Length Type
4 weeks Emergency Medicine
4 weeks Selective 2
4 weeks Sub-Internship
28 weeks Elective Rotations

Rotation Sites

WesternU and will expose you to a wide range of practice options. It is our philosophy to give students a variety of experiences that include community-based hospitals, county-based hospitals, and private practice offices.

Rotation sites include a variety of settings including community and county hospitals, sites with and without residency programs, and inpatient, so that students are able to experience the broad spectrum of medical practice.

Some examples of Southern California core rotation hospitals that we partner with include:

Hundreds of elective rotation sites are available to our students all over the country. Elective rotations are possible in all medical specialties. Additionally, students may participate in clinical research electives and international medicine electives.

International Elective Rotations

Fourth year students are encouraged to apply for international rotations (dependent upon WesternU or National/International travel restrictions). WesternU students have rotated through sites in numerous countries including Mexico, Germany, England, Morocco, Ecuador, India, Papua New Guinea, and more!

Students can research international rotation options through websites such as the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) and International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations (IFMSA). For more information on international rotations, please contact Dr. Maryam Othman.

Residency Placement

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific’s fourth-year curriculum provides students the flexibility to rotate at residency sites in their desired specialties.  Additionally, COMP supports a number of residency programs through Osteopathic Post-Graduate Training Institute (OPTI) and affiliated hospital systems. Recent graduates have matched competitive residency programs throughout the country representing all medical specialties.