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Chair: Sandra Inouye, Ph.D.
The Department of Anatomy provides thorough instruction in the morphology of the human body. The study of anatomy is particularly germane to osteopathic medicine because the relationship between structure and function is a fundamental tenet of the osteopathic philosophy. Direct observation of human structure is the essence of the anatomy courses. In Gross Anatomy, all students participate in the dissection of the body under the guidance of the anatomy faculty. Dissection is supplemented by the study of models, osteologic specimens, radiographs, and transverse sections. In Histology laboratory, students apply the principles presented in
The Department offers several elective courses, including Advanced Gross Dissection and Research. The Research elective gives students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects with the Anatomy faculty. Members of the Anatomy Department are actively engaged in the study of human and lower vertebrate morphology. Areas of research interest include the evolution of the mammalian middle ear and mandible, cortical control of autonomic functions, and use of computer instruction in the teaching of anatomy.
The Department of Anesthesiology provides a required two-week clinical anesthesiology rotation that is incorporated in the surgical clerkship. The rotation is an introduction to clinical operating room anesthesiology with special emphasis on airway management in the unconscious patient. Students are given strictly supervised, hands-on training in airway management to the extent possible based on the availability of clinical material.
Introduction to this rotation begins with students viewing videotape that states the objectives of the rotation and introduces commonly used anesthesia equipment, including monitors, anesthesia machines, ventilators, and infusion pumps. A manual of selected readings is included in the introductory presentation.
The rotation also includes lectures on pre-anesthetic patient examination and treatment. Other lectures on appropriate topics are presented in an informal format. Additionally, students are encouraged to attend departmental educational seminars, case presentations, and journal club sessions held each Wednesday morning.
Elective Clerkship in Anesthesiology
The elective clerkship offers insight into the broad specialty of anesthesiology and provides for additional hands-on experience in the practical aspects of anesthesiology-related patient care, i.e., cannulation of peripheral veins, bag and mask ventilation of unconscious patients, arterial cannulation, the monitoring of patients, and evaluation of post-anesthetic complications. Electives are available for two- or four-week durations on an individual basis.
Chair: Sandy Rhee, D.O.
It was Hippocrates, the father of medicine, who was quoted as saying, "One must know of the person who has the disease as much as one must know of the disease the person has." Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, in the Hippocratic tradition, emphasized and expanded the integration of structure and function. The Behavioral Sciences curriculum provides the coursework and clerkship that builds the foundation for the practice of whole-person medicine. An emphasis is placed upon the importance of treating each patient in the context of that individual's unique biopsychosocial matrix.
Working on hospital wards and outpatient clinics, the student experiences direct patient contact under the supervision of attending psychiatrists. This experience integrates previous learning with
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Chair: Nalini Chandar, PH.D.
First-year medical students complete a required, two-quarter sequence in medical biochemistry, the educational goals of which are to understand the major biochemical concepts of
Chair: William Moran, D.O.
Clinical Integration is a department structured to provide oversight for the clinical aspects of the years one and two
Chair: Daniel Kowalzyk, D.O.
Medical emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. It is imperative that an osteopathic physician
The members of the Department of Emergency Medicine are all specialists in the field of emergency medicine. They are engaged in both the clinical practice of emergency medicine as well as in clinical research in the field. Medical students may assist in clinical research projects within the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Chair: Kathy Bewley-Thomas, D.O.
Family medicine practitioners personify osteopathic medicine. Departmental members endeavor to instill respect for holistic, osteopathic medicine, particularly in primary care. The basics of the art of medicine are included in the family medicine curricula. Thus, all medical students must have extensive experiences in this area. Medical students are expected to master the continuum of the biopsychosocial aspects of medicine, and then apply these concepts in clinical settings. These basic experiences provide the background necessary for the selection of a medical specialty.
Family Medicine provides staff who act as models for group practices where osteopathic medical students gain clinical experience. As externs in CCOM affiliate facilities, medical students are responsible for taking a patient's history and conducting a physical. They learn how to provide
Chair: Laura Rosch, D.O.
The core of an osteopathic physician's knowledge and treatment of disease entities is found in internal medicine. The basics learned here pervade primary care, surgery, and the subspecialties of medicine. At CCOM, medicine is taught on the floors of
The members of the Department of Internal Medicine, all of whom are highly trained specialists, sub-specialists, or general internists, are engaged in clinical as well as basic research. The sections of cardiology, gastroenterology, and rheumatology are actively involved in research and investigative pharmaceutical studies. The medical students may assist in these projects by monitoring the patient's progress and helping to analyze the data collected for these studies. Consistent with our osteopathic principles, students will learn about the whole patient approach to medical care. Students will also understand how to partner with the patient care team to assist with the promotion of health.
Microbiology and Immunology
Chair: Michael V. Violin, Ph.D.
More than one-third of the cases seen by family practice physicians involve infectious disease or immunologically related disorders. Medical students complete a required two-quarter sequence in the Fundamental Principles of Microbiology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology. The goals of this sequence are to provide students with the fundamental information necessary for the diagnosis, rational management
In addition to the required courses, the Microbiology faculty also accept students into a research elective program. Areas of ongoing research include microbial communication, viral infection and entry, viral impact on immune system function, immune mechanisms of protection and pathology in microbial infections, and autoimmunity.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chair: Teresa Hubka, D.O.
Obstetrics and Gynecology remains an essential part of the practice of all primary care osteopathic physicians. The basics of good prenatal care, the daily activities of office gynecology, and the indications and options for appropriate surgical care of the female patient challenge all physicians on a daily basis. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides the student with a dynamic educational experience, combining traditional fundamentals with fresh, innovative thinking and technology. Our primary goal is to train students to solve clinical dilemmas by applying clear, concise thinking to a solid foundation of knowledge in women's health.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Chair: Kurt Heinking, D.O.
The Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is designed to serve as a focal point of osteopathic uniqueness within the Downers Grove Campus, Midwestern University. In addition to the traditional role of teaching the osteopathic courses to students, the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is a resource to provide leadership to facilitate the demonstration of this osteopathic approach. A continuum of osteopathic training is essential, and the Department will work to facilitate this continuity in the training process. The Department recognizes the necessity for a base of scientific research to support osteopathic theory and practice, as well as the necessity of clinical studies to document the efficacy and
OMM Scholar Clinic
In the fall of 1998, Dr. Robert Kappler created the OMM Scholars' Clinic as part of the Downers Grove Campus Wellness Center. The clinic was established to offer much-needed OMM services to the Midwestern University community. It was also created to provide first-hand clinical experience for the OMM Scholars. The OMM Scholars' Clinic is currently held in the OMM Lab in the lower level of Science Hall. The clinic is staffed by the OMM Scholars who are on service that month under the supervision of Dr. Heinking. Charts are kept on all patients, and in addition to the OMT, exercise/stretching prescriptions are a mainstay of treatment. Please call Laura
Chair: John Kasimos, D.O.
By focusing on the human body as an integrated system, the study of pathology provides students with an understanding of the pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease while familiarizing them with the vast spectrum of human disease processes encountered through an organ system approach. It initiates students to
Section Director: Catherine Macyko, M.D.
Pediatric patients present opportunities, challenges, and rewards that are unique in medicine. As a
Chair: Walter C. Prozialeck, Ph.D.
The science of pharmacology deals with the properties and effects of drugs and chemical compounds of living systems. Medical pharmacology focuses on the mechanisms of action, toxicities, and therapeutic uses of biologically active substances in humans. Physicians must be able to utilize basic knowledge of pharmacology to treat and prevent disease in their patients. At CCOM, medical students are shown the correlation between pharmacology and related medical sciences, taught how to interpret the actions and uses of major classes of drugs, and instructed in the application of pharmacodynamics to the therapeutic management of patients. Students are also instructed on various aspects of the toxicology of common drugs and environmental agents. The 10 credit pharmacology course spans the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters of the OMS-II curriculum. In addition, the Pharmacology Department offers elective courses in the areas of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Medical Spanish. Pharmacology Faculty maintain active research programs in the areas of metal (cadmium) toxicology, diabetes, cancer biology, vascular smooth muscle biology, endocrinology
Chair: Kathleen O'Hagan, Ph.D.
Physiology is the branch of the life sciences concerned with the function of living systems. Health is customarily defined in physiologic terms:
The Physiology Department offers courses that present the physiological principles and regulatory processes that underlie the normal function of the human body. These core principles provide a foundation upon which to develop an understanding of the physiologic mechanisms engaged in response to homeostatic imbalance and of pathophysiologic alterations that occur in disease. In addition to conventional didactic instruction, osteopathic medical students participate in small group clinical case discussions that are used to promote critical thinking,
Chair: Andrew Dennis, D.O.
All osteopathic physicians must be trained to understand surgical diseases as presented in a clinical setting. They must master
The members of the surgery department are committed to CCOM's precepts of teaching, healing