The practice of medicine is still the pinnacle of the health professions. The days of the general practitioner has been replaced by specialist and subspecialist. The practice of medicine is still evolving. The model of the physician seeing patients in the office is giving way to physicians exclusively seeing patients in the office or exclusively seeing patients in the hospital.
Physicians are either allopaths (MD) or osteopaths (DO). Osteopaths take a holistic approach and utilize osteopathic manual manipulative. Allopaths and Osteopaths may be licensed by the same medical board or by different medical boards depending on the state. After that, all differences end. Today it is common to find both allopaths and osteopaths in the same group practice.
Students in the pre-med program will be taught to be active learners in their first two years. The active learner requires less time to study but more importantly are better able to retain the material they have learned. MCAT study sessions led by faculty are free to the student and study material will be provided to students. Students are given help writing their personal statements both by the Science Department and the University of Charleston Center for Career Development. Finally students will have a mock interview before interviewing at the medical school.
The Pre-Med program is clinically oriented. Students will learn by doing case studies. Students begin by receiving a patient’s history and physical exam results. Students must then request the appropriate labs and make the diagnosis. That is how students start out. By the end of the program, students will only be given the patient’s chief complaint and must ask questions to compile all the necessary information to make the diagnosis.
Students will also learn to do such procedures as suturing, fundoscopic exam (viewing the back of the retina of the eye), intubation, and reading EKGs in courses such as Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology. Students in anatomy learn how to do both male and female pelvic exams, breast exams, and how to deliver a baby on manikins. Students will also take courses specifically designed for pre-med students such as Medical Terminology, Physical Assessment, Issues in Medicine and Art and Medicine.