Our Institution was created to foster a thorough understanding of informational medicine. Instead of learning pieces of a puzzle, the American School of Nedicine shows the student the picture in its entirety in order to concentrate the intensity of information and condense it into a shorter timeframe. Therefore, this four-year curriculum can be achieved in approximately half the time because of the structure of the curriculum and the dissemination of the information to the students.
ASN has an instructional method of learning centered on the investigation and resolution of real-world problems. Rather than having a Professor provide facts and then testing students’ ability to recall these facts via memorization, ASN attempts to get students to apply knowledge to new situations. Students are faced with contextualized cases of real life health problems and are asked to investigate and discover meaningful solutions.
ASN’s goal is to help students develop critical thinking, creative skills, intrinsic motivation and the ability to apply knowledge to real life situations. ASN’s professors adopt a role as facilitators of learning, by monitoring and guiding the learning process and promoting an environment of inquiry rather than handing solutions to the students. Students become active investigators and problem-solvers. The professor builds students’ confidence to take on the problem, and encourages the students, while also stretching their understanding. ASN’s approach represents a paradigm shift from traditional teaching and learning philosophy, which is more often lecture-based to a more innovative approach to learning. The constructs for ASN are very different from traditional classroom/lecture teaching in which the vast amount of material presented have little relevance to the practice of the healing arts.
The curriculum is centered on projects that include everything students need to learn. The criterion is that there is a driving question that the student must answer throughout the completion of the project. This question is the most important aspect to a successful project based learning environment because it is what motivates the student to learn as well as gives the student an idea of what knowledge is expected to be gained from the project. Also the question does not have a predetermined outcome; it requires the student to use knowledge gained from research to come up with a conclusion. The curriculum focuses on constructive investigations, autonomy, and realism, which are important for the student because it helps pull the student into the project and captures their attention as well as allows for the student to make connections to real world situations.
ASN positions students in a simulated real world working and professional context, which involves policy, process, and ethical problems that will need to be understood and resolved by effective outcomes. By working through a combination of learning strategies to discover the nature of a problem, students understand its resolution, define the input variables, and understand the viewpoints involved. Students learn to convey the complex sociological nature of the problem and how competing resolutions may inform decision-making. This is more beneficial than a test because the students have to make these connections on their own and gather information that interests them instead of just memorizing facts for a test. Due to ASN’s learning style and the dissemination of information to the student the four-year program has been condensed into a two-year accelerated program.
At the completion of the program, students will have acquired competency in the field of Nedicine. Full-time accelerated status requires a minimum of twelve-weeks per semester for seven semesters. A graduate student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and complete all preceptorships to earn a degree. All students must be officially registered with the Registrar’s Office each year. Students who do not register will be withdrawn from the School. The Doctor of Nedicine program, including all graduation requirements, must be completed within seven (7) years of matriculation. Click HERE to view the curriculum.