Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Educational Philosophy

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program curriculum stresses independent study and self-directed learning. The 4-year program begins by building upon small and large group interactive case-based learning experiences, and focuses on conceptual knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning—not rote memorization and recall of facts.

All engagements with faculty facilitators are designed to utilize assessment to guide learning and evaluation to improve outcomes.  All UIWSOM educational programs are built upon and is continuously informed by these guiding principles:

  • Reflect the UIW and UIWSOM mission, vision, and values
  • Support adult learning and educational principles.
  • Synthesize the science of medical knowledge for clinical practice.
  • Develop critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and reflective practice.
  • Integrate osteopathic principles in education and professional practice