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The Bigger Picture

Number of U.S. Osteopathic Physicians Reaches All-Time High

According to the latest Osteopathic Medical Profession (OMP) Report, the number of DOs in the United States has surpassed 100,000.

sas-in-brief-applicationsAs one of the fastest-growing health care professions in the nation, there are now 102,137 DOs in the United States—a figure that has increased 65 percent in the last decade.

This upswing can be attributed to the growing interest in osteopathic medicine and osteopathic medical education (OME). This rising interest has in turn spurred a similar trend in the development of new U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), where today nearly one in four medical students is being trained as a future DO.

There are currently 33 U.S. COMs at 48 locations in 31 states educating 27,512 DO students—together with licensed DOs, the total of DOs and osteopathic medical students in the United States is nearly 130,000.

The 2016 OMP Report provides valuable insight to the current state of the osteopathic medical profession including:

  • 40% of DOs in active practice are women
  • 54% of the DO population is under age 45
  • 56% of active DOs practice in primary care specialties
  • There were 5,346 DO graduates for the 2015-16 academic year

View the Osteopathic Medical Profession Report for full details.

For additional information on osteopathic medical education, visit AACOM Research Reports.