FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2013 Contact:
Editor and Communications Associate
The leadership and Board of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) are pleased to welcome the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) as the association’s newest member college.
LUCOM will be housed in Liberty University’s planned Center for Medical and Health Sciences in Lynchburg, VA. With Founding Dean Ronnie B. Martin, DO, RPh, at the helm, the college will open its doors to its inaugural class of students in fall 2014. LUCOM is now available as an option for prospective students applying through AACOM’s centralized application service (AACOMAS) for fall 2014 entry into osteopathic medical school.
With the addition of LUCOM to AACOM’s membership, the United States is now home to 30 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), with 38 locations in 28 states. Currently, more than 20 percent of the nation’s medical students are training to be osteopathic physicians (DOs).
"AACOM is proud to welcome the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine to its membership. The expansion of osteopathic medical education in this country, particularly over the past decade, is truly astounding. With COM graduate numbers growing each year, osteopathic medicine is playing an increasingly important role in the nation’s health care workforce, ensuring that the physicians graduating from our schools are well-equipped to handle the current and future health care needs of the American public and capable of providing exceptional leadership in the evolving landscape of the United States health care system,” said Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, AACOM President and CEO.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 30 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 42 teaching locations in 28 states. In the 2013-14 academic year these colleges are educating over 23,000 future physicians – more than 20 percent of US medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 24 are private institutions.
AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.