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About Us


Founded in 1898, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is the leading voice for the education and training of physicians who practice osteopathic medicine in settings ranging from primary care to pediatrics. We support colleges of osteopathic medicine in their efforts to attract and train future physicians who are fueled by a desire to make a difference, to treat the whole person and build a future of health and wellness for all people.

There are currently 41 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 66 teaching locations in 35 states. AACOM also plays an important role in establishing standards of excellence for medical education at these colleges, and in graduate medical education through internships and residencies at US medical centers, hospitals, clinics and health systems. AACOM is an advocate for public health and healthcare policy in Washington, D.C., and state capitals, and promotes medical research and innovation.

Our Mission and Values

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine leads and advocates for the osteopathic medical education community to improve the health of the public.

AACOM represents and advances the continuum of medical education by:

  • Supporting our member institutions as they educate the future physician workforce;
  • Increasing awareness of osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medicine;
  • Promoting excellence in medical education, policy, research and service; and
  • Fostering innovation and quality throughout medical education.

We are committed to effectively serving our members and students by adhering to these five values: 

  • Collaboration
  • Empowerment
  • Inclusion
  • Service
  • Responsiveness

We encourage you to read AACOM's Strategic Plan.

National-Level Services Provided by AACOM

A Unified Voice

We serve as the unifying voice for the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine, representing their collective interests through proactive advocacy at the federal government level and collaboration with other allied organizations.

Centralized Services

AACOM provides centralized services including data collection and analysis and operation of the online application service for students applying to US osteopathic medical schools.

Innovation, Collaboration and Community

Our team works to foster collaboration and innovation among its member colleges in numerous areas including administration, education, research and service.

Enhanced Awareness

AACOM develops national initiatives to promote and raise awareness of osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medicine.

AACOM celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2023. Visit Honoring 125 Years of Impact in Medicine to learn more.