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U.S. News and World Report Puts Osteopathic Medical Colleges at Top of List of Primary Care Resident Producers


March 22, 2011

Wendy Fernando
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Phone: 301-968-4174

U.S. News and World Report has released this year’s best medical school rankings, and five of the nation’s 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine top the list of U.S. medical schools producing the most primary care residents. The results were calculated from a survey of 146 fully accredited MD and DO medical schools from across the country.

  • The nation’s top five medical schools producing the most primary care residents are Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM) and Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. Last year, all of these schools ranked in the top ten primary care resident producers.
  • Six additional colleges of osteopathic medicine are listed among the top 20 schools to produce the most primary care residents.
  • More than 67 percent of graduates from the top five schools enter into primary care residencies, and 73.8 percent of MSUCOM graduates participate in primary care residencies.
  • In the overall Primary Care category, MSUCOM ranked 14th, and UNTHSC/TCOM ranked 20th.
  • WVSOM ranked 9th in the Rural Medicine Specialty category and 12th in the Family Medicine Specialty category.

Quote from Dr. Stephen C. Shannon, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

"Regardless of whether they become primary care practitioners or pursue another medical specialty, I believe that graduates of osteopathic medical colleges are better physicians because of the strong primary care foundation they received while in medical school."

Additional Information

View a list of colleges of osteopathic medicine

View the full list of primary care resident producers

View more information on the U.S. News and World Report Medical School Rankings

Contacts for stories about the U.S. News and World Report Rankings

William D. Strampel, DO 
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 
(517) 355-9616

Lorenzo L. Pence, DO 
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean 
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 
(304) 647-6343 

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