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Survey Results: Appeal of ACGME-accredited Programs with Osteopathic Recognition among Third Year Osteopathic Medical Students

May 2015

In March 2015, AACOM conducted a survey of third-year students at colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) who are starting the process of choosing their residency training program. In this survey, third-year students were asked if they would prefer an ACGME program with osteopathic recognition over one without osteopathic recognition and how important osteopathic recognition would be in their rank order of preference for GME programs.

This data brief, Appeal of GME Programs with Osteopathic Recognition, reports on the survey data and examines the relevance of “osteopathic recognition” status of ACGME-accredited program among DO students. 

Among the key findings from this survey: 

  • An ACGME program with osteopathic recognition is more appealing than an ACGME program without osteopathic recognition to 70 percent of respondents.
  • Osteopathic recognition of an ACGME program has some degree of influence in how 78 percent of respondents may choose to rank GME programs. 
  • 48 percent of respondents specify that osteopathic recognition is a “very important” or “important” influence in how they rank GME programs.

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