AACOM Welcomes New Member College

Paul DeMiglio
Senior Media Specialist

AACOM Welcomes BCOM as Its Newest Member College

(May 2015) The leadership and Board of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) are pleased to welcome the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University (BCOM) as the Association’s newest member college.

In a distinctive public-private partnership, BCOM will be housed at the New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM, where its osteopathic medical students will have access to all facilities and services of the NMSU public research university. With Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer George Mychaskiw, II, DO, at the helm, the college will open its doors to an inaugural class of 150 students in fall 2016. BCOM is now included in AACOM’s centralized application service (AACOMAS) for fall 2016 entry into osteopathic medical school.

Currently, more than 20 percent of the nation’s medical students are training to be osteopathic physicians (DOs), and one in four first-year U.S. medical students are attending osteopathic medical schools. With the addition of BCOM to AACOM’s membership, the United States is now home to 31 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), with 44 locations in 29 states.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 31 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 44 teaching locations in 29 states. In the 2014-15 academic year these colleges are educating over 24,600 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 25 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 provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.