raduates of the nation’s osteopathic medical schools have multiple opportunities to match/place into graduate medical education (GME) residency positions. For spring 2016, 99.61 percent of DO graduates—5,356 future physicians—successfully placed into GME residency positions.

This year’s match demonstrates osteopathic medical education (OME)’s continuing contribution to the physician workforce. As interest in OME continues to grow, the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) remain committed to advancing medical education, enabling future physicians to attain GME positions so that they are equipped to provide quality care for the diverse needs of the U.S. population.

AACOM’s latest “Report on Osteopathic Medicine Placements in 2016 Matches” provides results of data collected from the U.S. COMs to determine the placement of DO graduates into the following Match opportunities:

  • 49.16 percent (2,633 DO graduates) placed in AOA-accredited GME positions
  • 46.02 percent (2,465 DO graduates) successfully placed in the NRMP Match (and SOAP)
  • 4.35 percent (233 DO graduates) matched in the Military Match
  • 0.47 percent (25 DO graduates) matched to other GME positions

Also of note, more than half of the nation’s COMs provided a 100 percent success rate for their DO students participating in the 2016 Matches. The lowest rate reported by any individual COM this year was 97.56 percent.

The Match report is based on data available as of April 15, 2016. Final data will be collected as part of AACOM’s Annual Survey of the COMs in fall 2016. For more information about opportunities for osteopathic medical students, view the Medical Education Roadmap.

View the full “Report on Osteopathic Medicine Placements in 2016 Matches” by visiting the Special Reports section of the AACOM Reports web page.

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April/May 2016
Vol. 10, No. 4