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The Difference Between U.S.-trained Osteopathic Physicians and Osteopaths Trained Abroad
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About AACOM 

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. Having grown from a handful of college administrators a century ago, the organization today represents the administration, faculty and students of all of the osteopathic medical colleges in the United States. The association, guided by its Board of Deans and various other member councils and committees, is actively involved in all areas of osteopathic medical education.

AACOM's Mission and Strategic Plan


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 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.

Strategic Plan 2014-2018

National-Level Services Provided by AACOM:

  • A Unified Voice
    Serves as the unifying voice for the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine, representing their collective interests through proactive advocacy at the federal government level and collaboration with other allied organizations. 
  • Innovation and Collaboration
    Works with its member colleges to foster collaboration and innovation among its member colleges in numerous areas including administration, education, research and service.
  • Centralized Services
    Provides centralized services including data collection and analysis and operation of the online application service for students applying to osteopathic medical schools.
  • Enhanced Awareness
    Develops national initiatives to promote and raise awareness of osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medicine.

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