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Osteopathic Medical Schools Rank Among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Top Medical Schools

us news-top med schools-CRU.S. News recently released its list of 2018 Best Medical Schools, which included eight colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) represented across four different categories. To determine the rankings, U.S. News collects data on student selectivity, faculty resources, and more from both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.

Among the country’s highest rated schools for Rural Medicine, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM) ranked 7th. Boyd R. Buser, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of KYCOM, championed the COM’s outstanding placement in the rankings. Read more.

Rowan University also released a statement in recognition of its School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) for Primary Care and Geriatrics. “The expanded access to health insurance and our rapidly aging population have pushed primary care and geriatrics to the forefront of America’s health care delivery system,” says Thomas Cavalieri, DO, RowanSOM Dean. “Both are vitally important to the well-being of tens of millions of our citizens." Here is a breakdown of the COM rankings:

Primary Care

  • 33: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 51 (tie): Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 66 (tie): University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 86 (tie): University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 88 (tie): Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

 Family Medicine

  • 12: University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 14 (tie): Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 14 (tie): West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

 Rural Medicine

  • 7 (tie): University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 14 (tie): West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

 Geriatrics

  • 15 (tie): Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

WesternU/COMP Students Meet Their Match

The reveal was exciting for @comp_pomona students who opened envelopes to find out where they matched for residency. #MatchDay2017 pic.twitter.com/A3mPgkJWDQ

Heritage College, Cleveland, Program Introduces High Schoolers to Careers in Health and Science

On days when high school students visit the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) at Cleveland for the Aspiring DOctors Precollege Pipeline Program, no one needs to tell medical students and staffers what’s going on.

“We all know the day the students come,” said Isaac Kirstein, DO, Dean at the Heritage College, Cleveland. “There’s a buzz on the floors, and the high school students are all wearing their Aspiring DOctors polo shirts. Everybody is just walking up and saying ‘Hi.’ It’s been a perfect fit for the campus flow.”

By design, it’s also a perfect fit for some core goals of the Heritage College: training more osteopathic physicians for Ohio, helping them forge connections to local communities, encouraging them to stay in the region to practice, and especially, working to see that more of them come from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Read more.

Family Medicine at PCOM Joins Historic Partnership

Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is one of nearly 3,000 primary care practices nationwide participating in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), the largest-ever initiative to revolutionize how primary care is delivered and paid for in the United States. As a participant in the CPC+ program, Family Medicine at PCOM will receive funds to make investments—such as upgrades in technology and additional staff—that will help the practice provide more robust and coordinated care for its patients. 

While the current payment model only reimburses for in-office services, CPC+ will also take into account services that are “outside the office,” explains Harry Morris, DO, MPH, Professor and Chair, Family Medicine. These services would include coordinating specialist care, reminder calls for things like mammograms and blood sugar screenings, and appointment follow-ups. “All of those things help drive quality of care for the patient,” says Dr. Morris. Read more.