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Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine

The mission of Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine is to provide men and women with an osteopathic medical education that emphasizes primary care, encourages research, promotes lifelong scholarly activity, and produces graduates who are committed to serving the health care needs of communities in Eastern Kentucky and other Appalachian regions.

School name:Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
Address:147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, Kentucky
Zip & city:41501-1194 Kentucky
Phone:(606) 432-9617

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Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM) is the 19th school of osteopathic medicine in the country. PCSOM offers a four-year program which results in the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Osteopathic physicians have full practice rights in all 50 states and in many foreign countries. Osteopathic physicians can, and do, provide a full range of specialty and subspecialty services as practiced in tertiary hospitals; however, most DOs go into primary care in medically underserved areas. This accounts for the fact that while DOs make up only seven percent of the physicians in country they see over 18 percent of the patients.
THE FIRST TWO YEARS of training at PCSOM takes place mostly in the lab and lecture hall, covering the typical medical school disciplines, plus our special topics. Friday afternoons are spent in doctors’ offices, learning to take patient histories and doing physical exams. During the summer of their second year the students take two major full-time courses: medicine and surgery. These are intensive courses which will prepare the student to interact fully at the bedside or in an ambulatory care setting during the final two years of their medical school education.
THE LAST TWO YEARS of PCSOM’s program are the clinical clerkships. The student will rotate and work in various settings including: Family Practice, Appalachian Primary Care, Rural Clinic, ER, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics OB-GYN, Psychiatry and Osteopathic Practice. The student will spend from one to four months at each of these sites depending on PCSOM’s requirements and the student’s level of interest. At least 90 percent of this clinical training will be completed in the Appalachian region.
In May of their fourth year the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is conferred by PCSOM to all successful students. The students then begin their post-graduate training which traditionally consists of a one-year rotating internship followed by a two-year residency in the primary care area of the student’s choice. Presently, PCSOM is forming affiliations with hospitals in the Appalachian region to ensure adequate post-graduate training sites are available for PCSOM graduates so that they can and will stay in the area.

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