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Latest Figures Spotlight Continued Growth in Osteopathic Medical School Enrollment – Business Wire

BETHESDA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the first time in history, osteopathic medical students make up more
than 25 percent of the U.S. medical student population. Fall 2018 new
(first-year) student enrollment at the nation’s colleges of osteopathic
medicine (COMs) increased by 5.7 percent from fall 2017 first-year
student enrollment, according to data released recently by the American
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). This rise in
first-year matriculation brings the preliminary fall 2018 total student
enrollment at U.S. COMs to 30,918—a 6.7 percent increase from the
official total enrollment in fall 2017—and serves as a major milestone
for the profession.

“As a distinct pathway to medical practice that continues to attract an
increasing number of students throughout the United States, osteopathic
medicine is leading the way in preparing the physician of the future,”
said Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO of AACOM. “Through
innovative training models that focus on developing quality,
patient-centered care, osteopathic medical schools are equipping future
DOs with the competencies they need to meet the rapidly-changing demands
of our health care system.”

Among the key findings from AACOM’s preliminary fall 2018 enrollment

  • The total number of new matriculants climbed from 7,901 in 2017 to
    8,281 in 2018—an uptick of 4.8 percent
  • The preliminary number of DO students graduating from medical colleges
    between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, rose from 6,038 to 6,516—an
    increase of 7.9 percent
  • A total of 8,574 students began their osteopathic medical education at
    one of the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the
    United States

in this report
was provided by the nation’s osteopathic medical
schools as of October 18, 2018, and represents preliminary findings.
Final enrollment counts are collected in the annual osteopathic medical
school questionnaire and final matriculant counts are reported in
AACOM’s applicant and matriculant report. All data included may be
freely redistributed with proper attribution to AACOM.


The American
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States.
These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 54 teaching
locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are
educating more than 30,000 future physicians—25 percent of all U.S.
medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation’s osteopathic
medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic
medical education. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical
education community by promoting excellence in medical education,
research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the
continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the
American public.

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