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A.T. Still University (School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona)




School of Osteopathic Medicine of Arizona (SOMA) integrates a unique and innovate curriculum combined with early clinical experiences that prepares students for valuable and meaningful future in osteopathic medicine.


School name:A.T. Still UniversitySchool of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Address:5850 East Still Circle, Mesa, Arizona
Zip & city:85206 Arizona
Phone:(480) 219-6000
Web:http://www.atsu.edu/soma/index.htm
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Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine of Arizona (SOMA) has received Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic School Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association.

SOMA was created to address the needs of the greater Phoenix, Arizona community and other medically underserved communities, as well as also meet the many challenges faced by medical education in the United States. It is part of A.T. Still University and therefore has many resources at its disposal.

SOMA provides opportunities for medical students to acquire a solid foundation in the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors that are necessary for the effective practice of medicine.
The school's unique curriculum and teaching methods emphasize cutting-edge technology and individualized, active, self-directed learning. In addition, students spend three of their four years of training in community health centers located in underserved communities across the country.

At SOMA, the clinical presentations are organized based upon the organ system to which they most logically fit, leading to a complete set of organ-system based courses that are offered during the first 2 years of the curriculum. Thus, presentations such as abdominal pain or constipation are taught in the gastrointestinal course. In addition to the organ system-based courses, the SOMA curriculum also contains courses in medical skills, osteopathic principles and practice, early clinical experiences and integrated clinical experiences.

The third year clerkships are organized to provide comprehensive patient care experiences that emphasize complex cross-disciplinary skills of doctoring. Students will gain valuable exposure to patients in both ambulatory and in patient settings as appropriate during the course of the third year. Radiology and anesthesia experiences are integrated. The elective/primary care selective list for third year clerkships includes: family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, geriatrics, international health experience, ambulatory OB/GYN, radiology, managed care, HIV, osteopathic manipulative medicine, preventive medicine/public health, adolescent medicine, dermatology, emergency medicine, sports medicine, environmental & occupational medicine and rehabilitation medicine.

The fourth year clerkships are comprised of discipline based sub-internships and selective/elective experiences. The elective/primary care selective list for fourth year clerkships includes: addiction medicine, anesthesiology, bioethics, clinical genetics, clinical immunology/allergy, critical care, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, ENT, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, gerontology, gastroenterology, health care management & public health, internal medicine, infectious disease, interventional radiology, maternal-fetal medicine, nephrology, nuclear medicine, OB-GYN, oncology/hematology, osteopathic principles & practices, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, pain management, physical medicine & rehabilitation, pulmonary medicine, pathology, radiology, rheumatology, rural/underserved family medicine, sports medicine, toxicology, thoracic surgery, transplant medicine, and urology.

The purpose of SOMA is to effectively prepare the highest quality osteopathic physicians, using innovative strategies, to serve the national need for community oriented health care.

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