Osteopathic Medical College Application Numbers Continue to Climb 

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 12, 2014, more than 13,484 prospective students have submitted applications to one or more COMs for fall 2015 enrollment. The number of applications submitted by those students totals more than 124,002 applications submitted to date, compared to the roughly 100,000 applications submitted by this time last year. Final applications figures will be calculated after the close of the application cycle in April 2015. Both application and enrollment numbers have nearly doubled over the past decade, with more than 20 percent of medical students in the United States now currently studying to become osteopathic physicians.

With two new campuses, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn) in Auburn, AL and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Cleveland Campus in Cleveland, OH, welcoming their inaugural classes of osteopathic medical students in the fall of 2015, this expanded interest in osteopathic medical education is projected to continue.

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 healthcare 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 healthcare needs of the American public and capable of providing exceptional leadership in the evolving landscape of the U.S. healthcare system.

To learn more about osteopathic medical college enrollment and application growth, visit AACOM’s Data and Trends webpage.

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September 2014
Vol. 8, No. 9