The M.Ost integrates academic knowledge with applied clinical skills. The clinic forms the focal point of the course and academic components are revisited with each new clinical case. The clinical component is significant and the level of achievement is high. These standards are at the core of BCOM’s high academic reputation throughout the osteopathic sector.
The M.Ost involves a minimum of 25 hours theory and practical classes per week. Due to its large clinical component, the College is operational for 51 weeks per year. The academic year is three terms of 12 weeks during a 36-week year in Years One and Two and a 45-week year in Years Three and Four. There will be clinical training outside term times in Years Three and Four.
A high percentage of practical study demonstrates the skills required to become an Osteopath. At least 25 per cent of lectures have an interactive group-based approach and a high proportion of the osteopathic/practical sessions are tutorial-based. Years One and Two are essentially delivered via traditional lectures, whereas Years Three to Four incorporate a more problem-based learning approach using clinical situations with real patients. A tutorial system throughout the course provides feedback and guidance.
Assessment takes the form of formal examinations, coursework, practical and clinical assessments, vivas and a research paper. Final examinations are usually set at or near the end of the academic year. All students receive an assessment schedule. This timetable is published on Osteonet, the College intranet.
BCOM’s involvement in research is central to its educational activities. Evidence-based medicine is increasingly being required to demonstrate the efficacy of treatments. As part of its commitment to research, BCOM founded ICAOR. The M.Ost replaced BCOM’s traditional Dissertation with an innovative, publication-ready research paper. The best BCOM student research has been presented at international osteopathic conferences.