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Fast Facts About Osteopathic Medical Education

Courtesy of RVUCOM
  • Visit What is Osteopathic Medicine? to learn more about the history and practice of osteopathic medicine.
  • In the 2014-15 academic year osteopathic medical colleges are educating over 24,600 future physicians – more than 20% of US medical students. 
  • AACOM represents the 31 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States.
  • These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 44 teaching locations in 29 states.
  • Six of the colleges are publicly controlled, 25 are private institutions.
  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2014: 17,944
  • Number of applicants to osteopathic medical colleges in 2001: 6,898
  • 2001 first-year enrollment: 3,043
  • 2001 total enrollment: 11,101
  • 2014 total graduates: nearly 4,997 
  • 2001 total graduates: 2,536
For additional data on these and other osteopathic medical education topics please visit AACOM Reports or contact

Single GME Accreditation System

AACOM, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved an agreement in February 2014 that will result in a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) under the auspices of the ACGME by June 30, 2020.

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