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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 2015-16 academic year osteopathic medical colleges are educating over 26,100 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 45 teaching locations in 30 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

GMEinfographic_100pxAACOM, 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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