Ferretti S, Mesina J, Gabel L. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's independent study pathway program: an alternative medical school curriculum design. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2000;100(11):713-716. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2000.100.11.713.
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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed an independent study pathway as an alternative to the traditional medical school curriculum design. Beginning with the 2001-2002 academic year, three equivalent and distinct curriculum pathways will be available to medical students at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: the lecture/discussion pathway, the problem-based learning pathway, and the independent study pathway (ISP). The ISP program will provide flexibility for students during their preclinical years. Using highly structured faculty-developed modules, students in the ISP program will be responsible for their own learning in a self-directed, independent manner, including when, where, what, and how to study. Examinations will be taken when students consider themselves ready. If examinations reveal deficiencies in student preparation, these deficiencies must be remedied before students continue their studies. Faculty will be available, as needed, to assist the students through difficult concepts and material.
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