Program Description and Statement of Purpose
The Anatomy/Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) Fellowship program provides an opportunity for qualified students to obtain experience in teaching, mentoring, research, and to expand their anatomy knowledge and OPP skill set. The fellowship program allows qualified medical students to participate more fully in the graduate medical education process, both as peer mentors and educators. The fellows are mentored by faculty members in the anatomy and OPP departments and work closely with these faculty members as they develop courses, educational materials, work in the clinic, and conduct research. The fellowship experience develops the anatomy and OPP knowledge base and applied skill set beyond the level attained during the first two years of medical education and fosters professionalism and leadership skills. Fellows participate in the program between the second and third year of medical school. Upon completion of the fellowship year, they pursue third and fourth year rotations; thus, the fellowship extends their medical student tenure by one full year.
Students considering applying for the fellowship should have an interest in the integration of anatomy and OPP in theory, practice, and research. Enrollment in the fellowship program is contingent upon successful completion of the OMS-I and OMS-II curricula and the COMLEX-I exam. Students must pass all courses within the curriculum with individual course averages exceeding 75%. Specifically, students must pass the MGA and OPPI and OPPII courses the first time attempted with averages >80%. Preference will be given to fellowship candidates who exhibit exceptional academic and clinical performance and leadership skills within the MGA and OPP curricula.
The fellowship offers close mentorship with anatomy and OPP faculty, leadership and professional development opportunities, and research experience. Fellows receive a monthly stipend during the on-campus fellowship year, a conference travel and technology stipend, and 50% tuition remission during their 4th and 5th years of medical education. Fellows also receive full tuition remission for the Master of Anatomical Sciences degree, which is completed during the on-campus fellowship year. Thus, fellows earn an MS degree upon completion of the fellowship year in addition to the DO degree upon completing medical school.
How to Apply
Applications are due prior to the end of the first semester of the second year of medical school. Applications will be reviewed by the program directors during the latter part of December. Program directors will interview finalists and make selections by early January. Fellowship tenure will commence on August 1 and conclude on July 31 of the following year. Interested students should contact Dr. Beatrix Dudzik (beatrix.dudzik@LMUnet.edu) or Dr. Douglas Weston (Douglas.Weston@LMUnet.edu ).