As potential medical students learn more about becoming an osteopathic physician (DO), they are increasing their applications to osteopathic medical colleges. As of early February, with two months left to apply for the 2011 entering medical student class, the number of applicants to the nation’s 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine already has surpassed last year’s cycle-end total. More than 13,900 aspiring physicians have applied to the schools, 7.13 percent more than had applied at this time in the cycle last year.
Every one of the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine has recorded an increased number of applications this year, with growth in applications ranging from under 1 percent to more than 25 percent. Potential medical students have submitted more than 107,300 applications to osteopathic medical colleges, with the colleges receiving approximately 20 applications for every available seat. 19,426 students are currently enrolled in an osteopathic medical college, a number that has nearly doubled since the year 2000, and by 2015, more than 5,300 osteopathic physicians (DOs) will graduate from the nation’s osteopathic medical schools each year.