For the seventh consecutive year, prospective medical students have been applying to the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) in record-breaking numbers. With six weeks left until applications close for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, more than 16,107 (as of February 1) aspiring physicians have submitted applications to the nation’s 29 osteopathic medical schools and four branch campuses. This figure represents an 11 percent increase over last year’s figures at this time, and is already more than the total number of applicants at the close of last year’s application cycle. Application growth was recorded at all schools.
Today, over 20 percent of all U.S. medical students are studying at osteopathic medical schools, with more than 20,000 aspiring osteopathic physicians (DOs) enrolled as of fall 2012. Thanks to elevated awareness surrounding osteopathic medicine, coupled with the increasing number of COMs in the United States, this figure is projected to continue increasing with an estimated 5,300 DOs graduating each year by 2015.
All applications to the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine, with the exception of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/ Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM), are processed through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Applications to UNTHSC/TCOM are processed through the Texas Medical and Dental Application Service and are therefore not represented in the figures outlined in this article.