The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) recently released its 2014 Osteopathic Medical Profession (OMP) Report. The OMP Report compiles demographics and statistics related to osteopathic medicine, highlighting the trends and enormous growth in DOs and the osteopathic medical profession. The annual report includes topics such as diversity of the osteopathic medical profession, geographic distribution of practicing DOs and osteopathic medical students, growth in the number of osteopathic physicians, osteopathic physician specialties and postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs), and more.
Other highlights of the report include these 2014 statistics:
- A total of 92,028 DOs in the United States
- 109,836 total U.S. DOs and osteopathic medical students
- 24 percent average growth in the number of DOs every 5 years, since 1985
- More than 60 percent of practicing DOs are primary care physicians
- 23,071 total osteopathic medical students enrolled in U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs)
- 257 percent increase in the number of COM graduates since 1985
These annual statistics provide insight to the rapidly growing practice of osteopathic medicine, in both its current state and projected for the future. The data provides a comprehensive picture of osteopathic medicine and the osteopathic profession in order to better understand its relationship within the ever-changing healthcare and medical education landscapes. Additionally, the report provides research-based evidence that support the policy and advocacy initiatives of AACOM and other osteopathic and professional organizations. View the original report here.