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Survey Says ...

graduatesx100AACOM's new 2015-16 Graduating Seniors Survey Summary Report provides a comprehensive snapshot of the student self-reported debt and financing of medical education, the education experiences, and satisfaction with medical education of the 2016 graduating DO class. The survey also looks at plans for graduate medical education, specialty selection, and career plans.

Student Debt, Satisfaction, and Specialty Selection

A total of 4,190 expected 2016 graduates responded to AACOM’s Graduating Seniors Survey from 31 colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) and branch campuses—approximately 76.7 percent of graduates—revealing the following insights:
  • The mean osteopathic medical education debt self-reported by 2016 graduates is $240,331, an increase of 4.5% over 2015 with 86% of graduates self-reporting having debt
  • The mean debt self-reported by public COM graduates is $208,962 and by private COM graduates is $246,941
  • Male graduates self-reported slightly higher mean debt than female graduates—$241,218 compared to $239,382
  • One-third of graduates self-reported plans to specialize in the primary care disciplines of general internal medicine, general pediatrics, and family medicine

View the full report, and visit AACOM's Latest Reports for more.