A record number of applications to the nation’s 30 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) are being processed through AACOM’s centralized application service (AACOMAS). As of September 8, 2013, more than 11,300 prospective students have submitted applications to one or more COMs for fall 2014 enrollment, totaling more than 100,000 applications submitted to date (the application cycle does not close until April 2014). With more than 20 percent of medical students in the United States currently studying to become osteopathic physicians, both application and enrollment numbers have nearly doubled over the past decade.
This marked expansion in osteopathic medical education is projected to continue. Exemplifying this expected growth, the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) in Lynchburg, VA; the Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) campus in Dublin, OH; and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York (TouroCOM-NY) campus in Middletown, NY, will welcome their inaugural classes in fall 2014.
As application, enrollment, and graduate numbers continue to climb each year at the nation’s COMs, osteopathic medicine is playing an increasingly important role in the nation’s health care workforce. Members of the osteopathic medical education continuum are committed to ensuring that the growing numbers of graduating osteopathic physicians are well-equipped to handle the current and future health care needs of the American public and capable of providing exceptional leadership in the evolving landscape of the U.S. health care system.
To learn more about osteopathic medical college enrollment and application growth, visit AACOM’s online Data and Trends center.