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wo applicant reports—the AACOMAS Applicants to Osteopathic Medical Schools by Race and Ethnicity and the AACOMAS Applicants to Osteopathic Medical School by Gender—have been updated to include data for the 2015-2016 academic year. The reports offer a closer look at the demographic data reported by applicants to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) application.

From the 2002-03 academic year to the 2015-16 academic year, the reports detail the number of applicants for each of AACOM’s member colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), broken down by gender and by race/ethnicity, respectively. Among the reported statistics, the percentages of female and underrepresented minority applicants are also included for each school. Underrepresented minorities (URM) includes Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, Black/African American, Native American/Alaska Native and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 

Evolving Diversity in OME

The percentage of underrepresented minority AACOMAS applicants has evolved over time, ultimately experiencing an increase from 12 percent (2005-06) to 13.6 percent (2015-16) in the last decade. According to the AACOMAS Applicants to Osteopathic Medical School by Race and Ethnicity report, the number of underrepresented minority applicants to U.S. COMs peaked for the 2008-09 academic year at 14 percent. Since the last application cycle, an overwhelming majority of COMs experienced an increase in the number of underrepresented minority applicants. As a result, this total figure climbed from 12.8 percent (2014-15) to 13.6 percent (2015-16), displaying the continued growth in diversity in osteopathic medical education (OME).

When looking at the AACOMAS Applicants to Osteopathic Medical Schools by Gender data, the number of male applicants has historically been larger than female applicants. This trend is consistent with the statistics of this report, with the exception of applicants to U.S. COMs for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years in which the percentage of female AACOMAS applicants was 50.9 percent and 51.1 percent, respectively. The percentage of female AACOMAS applicants has declined since, and over the past four years, this figure has remained steady at about 46 percent (2011-12 to 2015-16).

Location, Location, Location

The data also reveals certain COMS to have relatively higher than average underrepresented minority applicants statistics for that corresponding academic year, most of which all have graduated inaugural classes within the past decade, and thus are relatively new colleges, campuses, or locations. In addition, the data reported for female AACOMAS applicants to certain COMs reveals significantly low figures relative to their osteopathic counterparts and to the total COM annual averages, which could be attributed to geographic and demographic factors, and/or COM location.

To view the full report, visit the AACOM Reports web page.

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October 2015
Vol. 9, No. 10


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