AACOM's new 2016-17 Graduating Seniors Survey Summary Report provides a comprehensive snapshot of the student self-reported debt and financing of medical education, the education experiences, and satisfaction with medical education of the 2017 graduating DO class. The survey also looks at plans for graduate medical education, specialty selection, and career plans.
Student Debt, Satisfaction, and Specialty Selection
A total of 4,570 expected 2017 graduates responded to AACOM’s Graduating Seniors Survey from 34 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) and branch campuses—approximately 76.3 percent of graduates—revealing the following insights:
- The mean osteopathic medical education debt reported by 2017 graduates is $247,218, an increase of 2.9% over 2016. Eighty-five percent of graduates reported having debt.
- The mean debt self-reported by public COM graduates is $217,525 and by private COM graduates is $253,168.
- Male graduates self-reported slightly higher mean debt than female graduates—$249,523 compared to $245,007.
- Thirty-three percent of graduates reported plans to specialize in the primary care disciplines of general internal medicine, general pediatrics, and family medicine.