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Osteopathic Medical Schools Adapt Admissions Processes in Response to COVID-19

April 10, 2020



Paul DeMiglio 
Senior Media Specialist 


Member medical schools of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) intend to adapt the application review process for all medical schools participating in the AACOMAS application process. These changes have been approved by AACOM’s Board of Deans to mitigate obstacles prospective students may confront as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“The changes demonstrate to applicants that the osteopathic community truly lives by a holistic philosophy, we understand their circumstances, and we are willing to be flexible,” said Jayme Bograd, Director of Application Services, Recruitment, and Student Affairs. “Students are trying to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives in the middle of a global crisis. Our goal is to ensure that through these difficult times, we give the next generation of doctors clear guidance for application and acceptance into medical school.” 

Congruent with the osteopathic medical profession’s philosophy, AACOMAS participating schools intend to adapt their application review process to allow for greater flexibility in accepting online coursework, accepting pass/fail/satisfactory/unsatisfactory coursework, and reviewing applications prior to receiving MCAT scores. Please refer to AACOM’s newly released letter to future applicants for details regarding these changes. AACOM will continue to guide its osteopathic medical schools as the needs of prospective students evolve. 

The application for the 2021 entering class opens on May 5, 2020. Visit ChooseDO.org for more information.  

About AACOM 

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. 

Having grown from a handful of college administrators a century ago, the organization today represents the administration, faculty, and students of all 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.