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What Makes Osteopathic Medicine Distinctive

  • 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?

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Graduate Medical Education

Graduate medical education (GME) is the formal training that medical school students complete following graduation. This training includes internship, residency, and fellowship programs. Physicians cannot begin to practice independently until they complete GME training, which takes between three and seven years (depending upon the field of specialty) and pass additional national licensure exams.

Latest News in Osteopathic Medical Education (OME)

Educating Leaders for Integrated Health Systems
Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference
April 26-29, Baltimore, MD  


Publications & eNews

Inside OME cover AACOM's Inside OME highlights updates in osteopathic medical education and the profession. Read the latest issue.

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AACOM's twice monthly advocacy e-newsletter.


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

AACOM Reports

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Osteopathic Manipulative
Medicine (OMM) Explained


The Evolution of Osteopathic
Medical Education

U.S. Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
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Leadership Spotlight

Read about some of the osteopathic medical students and professionals who are making a difference in osteopathic medicine.

AACOM President and CEO 
Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

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DO Student Leaders

Joseph Johnson, OMS-III, Student Government President, 2017 graduating class, LMU-DCOM

Angelo Mascia, OMS-IV, COSGP National Chair, NYITCOM 

Alex Smith, OMS-IV, SOMA National President, OSU-COM 

Amanda Quach, PNWU-COM

OME Heroes

Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, OU-HCOM Dean (1993-2001) and NYITCOM Dean (2002-06)

Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior VP, Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME

Tyler Cymet, DO, Associate VP of Medical Education, AACOM

Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, CEO, AOA