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Three Osteopathic Medical Colleges Graduate First Classes as Number of Graduates Continues to Rise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 27, 2011

Contact:
Wendy Fernando
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Phone: 301-968-4174
E-mail: wfernando@aacom.org

This spring, the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) graduated nearly 4,200 students, compared to 3,631 graduates in 2010, and just 2,536 a decade ago. The continual growth of the number of osteopathic physicians entering the health care field is vital to mitigating the nation’s physician workforce shortage.

While some of the growth is attributable to increasing class sizes, a large portion of the growth stems from the increasing number of colleges and campuses that have been founded in the last ten years. This year, three COMs graduated their first class of osteopathic medical students:

  • A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona’s inaugural class of 92 students graduated on June 3.
  • Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee, graduated its first class, comprised of 130 students, on May 14.
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York graduated more than 100 new physicians on June 2.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine opened its centralized application service on June 1 to begin taking applications for the 5,716 2012 academic year medical student slots at the nation’s 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine, four branch campuses, and four remote teaching sites. More than 20 percent of all new U.S. medical students are studying at osteopathic medical colleges

More Information

View a list of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and visit their websites to learn more about their commencements.

View other data and statistics on osteopathic medical school graduates.

Contacts for Stories on COM Graduations

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
President and CEO, 
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
(301) 968-4142
president@aacom.org

Robert B. Goldberg, DO
Dean
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Harlem, New York
646-981-4534 
Robert.Goldberg@Touro.edu  

Thomas E. McWilliams, DO
Interim Dean
A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona 
(480) 219 – 6053
tmcwilliams@atsu.edu  

Ray E. Stowers, DO, FACOFP
Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean 
Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
(423) 869-7077
ray.stowers@lmunet.edu