As an NP you’ve got the skills, now gain the respect you deserve. Become a physician.

  • You do your best and work hard for your patients.
  • You are your patients’ advocate.
  • Some colleagues resent your advanced degree and independence.
  • Some doctors think you’re trying to steal their patients, invade their space.
  • You are overeducated, under respected, under compensated.
  • You're tired of being asked when you’re going to become a doctor.
  • You want more autonomy, recognition, and knowledge. Knowledge is opportunity.

Take the next logical step. Go to medical school.
Welcome to Oceania University of Medicine.

Oceania University of Medicine’s distance-learning curriculum uses problem-based learning to present and integrate basic sciences and clinical content in a case study format. The medical school utilizes computer-based study presented by experienced online instructors, all with advanced degrees – an MD, MBBS or PhD – to combine real-time virtual classroom lectures with student study groups, discussion boards, independent study, and Internet research.

  • No need to move to a college town, disrupt your family, leave friends and support systems.
  • Many students can maintain a full or part-time work schedule during the first two years.
  • Work experience may make you "MCAT exempt."
  • Gives students the opportunity to personally and financially prepare for the full-time responsibility of hospital-based clinical rotations during their final two years.
  • OUM is accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association for Schools, Colleges and Universities, which is recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • Nurse practitioners make up one-third of the OUM student body.
  • The curriculum uses an internationally-accepted medical education model, problem-based learning, which integrates basic science and clinical content into a case-study format.
  • Clinical rotations may be completed at select teaching hospitals in the US or at Samoa’s National Hospital, upon completing the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1.
  • Alumni are currently completing residencies at respected programs of their choice throughout several US states.
  • OUM’s distance-learning curriculum is computer-based, also utilizing physician mentors in your community for greater clinical exposure – meaning no need to move or quit your job during the first two years of medical school.
  • All candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher at an appropriately accredited and recognized tertiary institution.
  • US students seeking a medical degree also must have completed a full year of college chemistry. As a general rule, for medical school success, applicants are expected to have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
  • All candidates are required to sit for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), unless granted an exemption by the OUM Admissions Committee. If a candidate has at least five years of clinical experience as a healthcare professional, (i.e. nurse practitioner, respiratory therapist, RN, physician assistant), the standardized admission test may be waived upon the Admissions Committee’s approval.
  • Choose the course start date that best suits your schedule.
  • Students may start the program during one of two offerings in January or August of each year. Student orientation will be one week prior to the beginning of the course in Baltimore.
  • Students are eligible to apply for US residency programs through the National Residency Match Program upon successful completion of their USMLE Step 2.
  • OUM has several alumni completing residencies in US post-graduate training programs.
  • Certification from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is also a requirement, both to begin US residencies and to obtain medical licensure in many US states. That certification process begins when students first apply to take their USMLE Step 1 and finishes upon ECFMG’s verification of OUM graduation.

Any OUM graduate may practice medicine in Samoa, provided that they meet the country’s immigration requirements and successfully apply to the Samoan Ministry of Health.

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“You're going to work harder
than you ever have before.
OUM’s flexible program and
dedicated faculty allow you to
juggle work and family
to make becoming
a physician a reality.”

Dr. Rebecca Berghorst
Class of 2009

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