Campus Facilities and Resources
Oceania University of Medicine operates a 10,000 square-foot dedicated teaching facility on the grounds of the National Health Complex in Apia, Samoa, together with the school's primary teaching hospital, Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM). The teaching facility houses classrooms, offices, a student lounge, the library, and kitchen facilities. A library located in the Department of Health is also available for OUM student use.
OUM staff has a student accommodation booklet available which contains up-to-date information on hotel/motel options and websites to assist students who would prefer to live in a flat/apartment. A good two bedroom flat in Samoa normally costs SAT$1200-$1500 per month.
Classrooms are designed for small group activities. Facilities include Internet access, access to library reference textbooks and conventional white/blackboards. The classrooms are air-conditioned and open after hours for private or group study.
There are generally no safety concerns on-campus or off, though OUM does have a six-foot fence around its perimeter. Because the medical school is on the National Health Complex grounds, it must follow the same regulations. In particular, there is no smoking within the grounds, the gates are locked to cars at 6 pm, all guests should be off campus by 8 pm, and there are after-hours security guards, 6 pm to 6 am, 365 days a year. Noise also must be controlled after hours.
Computers and Information Technology
While a laptop computer is not required for on-campus courses, students who have traveled to Samoa have found it extremely helpful to have one. Computers should be equipped with a Windows XP or higher operating system and an up-to-date anti-virus program. Students are advised against using a MAC due to interface problems with Moodle. While students have access to printers, there is a per-page charge to cover paper and toner costs. Because these office products are imported, they are much more expensive in Samoa than in other countries. Access to OUM‟s courseware servers is provided to students, but lengthy downloads from the external network/Internet, especially if printed out, will also be assessed a small charge. Most course material and instruction will be electronic, using material converted to OUM‟s local intranet. The OUM IT and Communications system policy states that users may not download video or music, update social media outlets, or use campus servers for Internet telephone, audio/video streaming, and other high bandwidth activities.
Historically, information services supplied to OUM staff and students were exclusively electronic and managed by the e-Librarian. Since OUM faculty and students were teaching and learning via the Internet, this was the best way to provide equitable information services to all users.
Following an extensive campus refurbishment in 2008, a formal library space was established and a Campus Librarian and Library Assistant were appointed. Staff and students have access, through the OUM library website, to reference materials, e-texts, websites, multimedia files and journal literature. Reference services including document delivery, searching assistance, and information literacy training are also provided. International students are encouraged to join a local medical library to supplement the resources that OUM makes available. The University reimburses any membership fees these libraries charge OUM users.
The campus library has general, reserve, audiovisual, and reference collections. It also subscribes to the Health Internet Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), a database of 1500 journals with full text from six major publishers. Students are also required to complete an information literacy tutorial and assignment before their first distance-learning module. The library has been set up with networked computers to provide Internet access for users, with individual and group study areas, as well as copying and printing services.
To assist the Samoan medical community, library access and services are also provided to staff and students from neighboring TTM Hospital. The OUM library is also used by physicians in private practice and international students who come to Samoa to undertake their clinical electives. Resources indexed include:
The complete updated list of textbooks for the MD, Graduate-Entry MBBS, and Undergraduate MBBS programs is below . Students may purchase required textbooks online or through most medical bookstores.
Samoan Healthcare Facilities
Through collaboration among the Government of Samoa, its Department of Health, and e-Medical Education, facilities of the entire Samoan healthcare system are available for teaching OUM students. The school's primary teaching hospital, TTM is the system’s flagship institution. In 2010, the Samoan government began construction of a new US$32 million TTM Hospital, planned for completion in 2012, which will include 200-plus beds, new teaching facilities and staff offices for OUM. In addition to training at TTM, OUM students rotate throughout the Samoan healthcare system, at small district hospitals, outpatient clinics and rural medical practises, all supervised by OUM clinical faculty and TTM medical staff. There are also eleven nurse-run health centres, seven on the island of Upolu and four on Savaii.
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