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Latest Reports: Osteopathic Medical Student Profiles and Perspectives

2015 AACOMAS Applicant Pool Profile Summary Report

08-2015_2015-Applicant-ProfileAACOM recently released the "2015 AACOMAS Applicant Pool Profile Summary Report." Each year, AACOM’s Research Department uses data entered by applicants into the AACOM Application Service (AACOMAS), along with data provided by the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), to describe/profile the applicants for the entering class. The report summarizes the 20,447 applicants according to the following: characteristics, baccalaureate degree majors, GPA and semester hours, MCAT scores, familiarity with osteopathic medicine, family and prior medical education, top feeder colleges, and geographic origin.

Highlights from the "2015 AACOMAS Applicant Pool Profile Summary Report" include:
  • Of the 20,447 applicants, 2,778 or 13.6 percent, reported as underrepresented minorities—includes Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, Native American/Alaska Native, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • A majority of the applicants, 68.7 percent, reported their baccalaureate degree major as one of the Life Sciences, while only 31.3 percent reported other majors
  • The top three feeder institutions to the COMs are Michigan State University, University of Florida, and Rutgers University
  • More than half of the applicant pool, 58.4 percent, reported that they first learned about osteopathic medicine through a DO or advisor

AACOM 2014-15 Entering Student Survey Summary Report

08-2015_2014-15-Entering-Student-SurveyAACOM recently released the annual "2014-15 Entering Student Survey Summary Report." For this annual report, AACOM asks each of the COMs to administer the Entering Student Survey as first year students begin their osteopathic medical education (OME). The survey queries students on a variety of topics covering OME debt, graduate medical education (GME), specialty selection, and career plans. AACOM’s Research Department uses the student responses to generate statistics, analyze trends, and compile other comparative figures about U.S. osteopathic medical students.

Highlights from the "2014-15 Entering Student Survey Summary Report" include:

  • Overall expected OME debt increased by 1.5 percent, from $163,628 in 2013-14 to $166,152 in 2014-15
  • Of the 2014-15 entering class, 42 percent of students plan to participate in a loan forgiveness program—a 1 percent increase from 2013-14
  • The most significant source of funds for medical education continues to be loans. Students reported that 76 percent of funds will come from loans, while just 7 percent will come from scholarships and grants
  • Similar to previous years, 21 percent of students plan to specialize in one of the primary care disciplines of family practice, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics, while 12 percent are undecided about specialty plans

For more information and to view the other recent reports, visit the AACOM Reports web page.  

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July/August 2015
Vol. 9, No. 7/8