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AACOM Media Center


Welcome to the AACOM Media Center. Here you'll find links to information on AACOM’s issues and initiatives, details about our most recent publications, and news from across the osteopathic medical education community.

This section also features links to AACOM’s latest reports, research, and other multimedia resources.

Media Contacts

Joseph Shapiro
Director of Media Relations
(240) 938-0746

Christine DeCarlo
Senior Manager of Media and Public Affairs
(202) 603-1026


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) leads and advocates for the full continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the public. Founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, AACOM represents all 38 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine—educating more than 35,000 future physicians, 25 percent of all U.S. medical students—at 62 teaching locations in 35 U.S. states, as well as osteopathic graduate medical education professionals and trainees at U.S. medical centers, hospitals, clinics, and health systems.

Having grown from a handful of college administrators a century ago, the organization today represents the administration, faculty, and students of all of the osteopathic medical colleges in the United States. The association, guided by its Board of Deans and various other member councils and committees, is actively involved in all areas of osteopathic medical education.

Our Leadership

AACOM's leadership represents the top experts in the field of osteopathic medical education. If you would like a member of AACOM leadership to speak at your event please contact Joe Shapiro at jshapiro@aacom.org.


& Chief Executive

Robert A. Cain, DO
Full Bio

About Osteopathic Medicine

Media Center FAQs

  • What is Osteopathic Medicine?

  • What is an osteopathic physician (DO)?

  • How are DOs educated and trained?

  • How many students are studying to be DOs?

  • How many osteopathic physicians currently practice in the United States?

Our Publications


Explore AACOM's Inside OME e-newsletter for exciting stories and highlights in osteopathic medical education, including leadership updates, campus roundup, awards, research, and more.

Read the Latest Issue and Archives

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Washington Insider masthead

Washington Insider is a biweekly e-newsletter aimed at keeping our membership and partners informed and involved in the policy discussions that impact osteopathic medical education.

Read the Latest Issue and Archives

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Each month OGME Now features osteopathic graduate medical education news, events, resources, GME legislative updates, and more. This newsletter is an exclusive benefit of Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (AOGME) members.

Not a member? Join AOGME today and get the next issue of OGME Now.

Osteopathic Medical Education Wellness Initiatives

In addition to being a sponsor of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, AACOM is engaged in efforts to decrease clinician burnout through medical education excellence, research, and interprofessional collaboration

Diversity In Osteopathic Medical Education

AACOM recognizes that our diversity is our strength and has dedicated itself to developing underrepresented minority interest in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine, increasing the diversity of applicants to the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and sharing resources to support prospective and current minority DO students as they navigate through medical school.

Students Assist America

Students Assist America (SAA) is an interprofessional initiative of 12 associations spearheaded by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, that succeeded in lobbying the federal and state leaders to give hundreds of thousands of students the opportunity to help vaccinate the public from COVID-19, and assist with the related tasks necessary for an effective and efficient vaccine roll out.  



Visit AACOM Reports for the latest data and research on osteopathic medical school applicants, enrollment, curriculum, diversity, graduate medical education (GME) Match placement, and much, much more!

Check out videos and presentations by AACOM covering the latest issues within osteopathic medical education from single graduate medical education accreditation to student interviews, diversity and more!


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