A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Community Health

The namesake of A.T. Still University (ATSU), Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, founded the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) in 1892. KCOM was the first institution of osteopathic education in the world and continues to provide leadership for comprehensive medical education, research, and healthcare.

KCOM graduates represent a diverse group of osteopathic physicians practicing in every state and several other countries. They span all medical specialties and sub-specialties and comprise approximately a quarter of all practicing osteopathic physicians.

The mission of ATSU-KCOM is to educate and train students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and healthcare leaders. KCOM is committed to providing a quality osteopathic medical education in a research environment that prepares students for graduate medical training and clinical service.

ATSU-KCOM's Family Medicine Department is comprised primarily of practicing Family Medicine DOs and MDs as well as other practitioners and PhDs. The department functions to education first and second year osteopathic medical students in the "Complete DOctor" course. This course runs through each semester in the first two years of the four year curriculum. Patient communication, physical examination, and clinical reasoning skills are taught throughout. Some other topics taught include evidence-based based, epidemiology, healthcare disparities, medical/legal and end of life issues and other humanistic topics. This course has been designed to give students a solid foundation prior to starting their clinical rotations in years three and four, and ultimately in becoming well-rounded, effective, and holistic physicians in Family Medicine or whatever specialty they may pursue.

The ATSU-KCOM Department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Community Health seeks to better prepare the future health workforce to reduce health disparities and barriers to care for vulnerable populations, improve patient engagement, and become leaders in the Primary Care Workforce Competencies endorsed by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative by expanding curriculum to include didactic and experiential instruction on the principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home and the Chronic Care Model.

Executive Member Since: 
May 2016
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