Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

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At the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, you do not simply learn to be a doctor. To become an osteopathic physician, you will learn to treat patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs, deserving of compassionate, dedicated care. AZCOM's student-centered faculty and curriculum will prepare you for a career as a physician with rigorous, yet rewarding hands-on programs that emphasize direct patient care experience. We will help build your future as a member of tomorrow's healthcare team.

Program
Doctoral

Location
Glendale, AZ

Duration
4 Years

Intake
August

Class Size
250

Graduation Rate
86-96%


The educational mission of AZCOM is to produce qualified osteopathic physicians. Because the D.O. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, including direct hands-on assessment and treatment.

As scientists and practitioners of the healing arts, osteopathic physicians subscribe to a philosophy that regards the body as an integrated whole with structures and functions working interdependently. Therefore, osteopathic physicians treat their patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs—an approach that underscores the osteopathic commitment to patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care and sociological/spiritual needs.

Becoming a D.O. - A Letter from the AACOM President and CEO

The AZCOM course of study is typically 4 academic years. The first 2 years cover primarily didactic instruction with simulated patient clinical experiences and standardized patient experiences, followed by 2 years of primarily clinical rotations, including applicable didactic material. Upon graduation with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, AZCOM graduates are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of medicine.

AZCOM's four-year curriculum educates students in the bio psychosocial approach to patient care, as well as the basic medical arts and sciences, including an integrated ultrasound curriculum. AZCOM students spend their first two years completing a rigorous basic science curriculum and preparing for clinical studies. During their third and fourth years, students rotate through a variety of clinical training sites, accruing an impressive 84 weeks of direct patient care experience. By stimulating intellectual curiosity and teaching problem solving skills, the AZCOM curriculum encourages students to regard learning as a lifelong process.

The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine educates students to exhibit professionalism, provide patient care, and serve their communities in order to become qualified osteopathic physicians.

The mission will be achieved by meeting the following objectives:

  1. Incorporate clinical teaching into the curriculum.
  2. Incorporate osteopathic principles and practice, including osteopathic manipulative treatment, into the curriculum.
  3. Incorporate basic scientific principles. 
  4. Provide opportunities for research and scholarly activity for students, residents, and faculty.
  5. Prepare students for COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2 CE, and Level 2 PE to support completion of the program and graduation.
  6. Demonstrate student acquisition of the osteopathic core competencies. 
  7. Assess the performance of AZCOM graduates.
  8. Encourage participation in community service by students, residents, and faculty.
  9. Support postgraduate training programs associated with Midwestern University including osteopathic recognition program development.
  10. Equip students to be successful in residency placement.
  11. Provide faculty and staff development opportunities. 
  12. Provide financial literacy programs and events.
  13. Support mental health and wellness for students, residents and faculty. 

The Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)/Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). COCA is recognized as the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine by the United States Department of Education and the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). AZCOM is currently accredited through 2021 having received a 7 year accreditation in 2014. A COCA site inspection will be scheduled in Fall 2021.For further information, please contact the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-202-8097.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

2020 Match by Specialty:

  • Internal Medicine: 64 Students
  • Family Medicine:47 Students
  • Pediatrics: 8 Students
  • OB/GYN: 13 Students
  • Surgery (General, Ortho, Prelim Year): 19 Students
  • Anesthesiology: 10 Students  
  • Emergency Medicine:  24 Students 
  • Psychiatry: 10 Students 
  • Radiology: 8 
  • Pathology: 2
  • PM&R: 2
  • Neurology: 7 Students 
  • Dermatology: 4
  • Military: 17 matches included in the above specialties

Examples of Match Locations in the Past Three Years:

Top Arizona Hospitals: Valleywise/Maricopa Integrated Health System (Creighton Affil. Hospital), Banner University Medical Center, St. Josephs Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Mountain Vista Medical Center, HonorHealth, Canyon Vista Medical Center, Abrazo Community Health Network, Kingman Regional Medical Center, and Verde Valley Medical Center.

Other ACGME-accredited programs: Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, University of California, Scripps, Loma Linda, Thomas Jefferson University, George Washington University, Drexel University, University of Arizona, University of Washington, University of Texas, Baylor, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Rush University, Kaiser Permanente, Garden City Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, Chino Valley Medical Center, Larkin Community Hospital, Freeman Health System, Sky Ridge Medical Center, and Community Memorial Health System. 

Military: William Beaumont A.M.C., Travis A.F.B., Navy Medical Center (San Diego and Portsmouth), Tripler A.M.C., Wright Patterson A.F.B., Madigan A.M.C., SAUSHEC, Eisenhower A.M.C., Scott A.F.B., Walter Reed Medical Center, Camp Pendleton, Elgin A.F.B., Keesler A.F.B., and Lackland A.F.B.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum total and science GPA of 2.75
  • MCAT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation

Students seeking admission to AZCOM must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of the prerequisite coursework.
    • Grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable)
    • To be competitive, students should have minimum cumulative GPAs and science GPAs over 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • To receive a supplemental application, students must have minimum science and cumulative GPAs of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  2. Completion of a bachelor's degree at regionally accredited colleges or universities prior to matriculation.
  3. Competitive test scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
    • Average MCAT score for students entering AZCOM in 2019 was 506.
    • Only MCAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the matriculation date of the planned enrollment year are acceptable.
    • Register for MCAT tests through the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat for information.
    • MCAT exams are offered multiple times per year.

         4. Two letters of recommendation are required.

    • One letter from either a premedical advisory committee or science professor who has taught the applicant
    • Second letter from either a D.O. or an M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended, and letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable.

Students seeking admissions to AZCOM must:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of and sincere interest in osteopathic medicine.
  2. Demonstrate service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  3. Demonstrate motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  4. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  5. Pass the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  6. Commit to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  7. Meet the Technical Standards for the College.

Admission Prerequisites

Prerequisite Course

Sem Hrs

Qtr Hrs

Biology with lab

8

12

General Chemistry with lab

8

12

Organic Chemistry with lab

8

12

Physics

8

12

English Composition

6

9

Courses that may contribute to success in medical school include Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry.


$234,000 to $497,000
Salary Range

95.6%
Pass Rate on COMLEX

87-94%
Graduation Rate

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum total and science GPA of 2.75
  • MCAT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation

Class of 2024 Profiles

  • Female: 110
  • Male: 142
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.54
  • Average Science GPA: 3.48
  • Average Composite MCAT: 507
  • Class Size: 252
  • Top Home States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas and Utah

Graduation Rates

4-year graduation rates for the Classes of 2020, the 5-year graduation rate for the Class of 2019, and the 6-year (fully mature) graduation rate for the Class of 2018.

Graduating Class

Graduation Rate

Class of 2018

94%

Class of 2019

93%

Class of 2020

87%

Residency Placement Statistics

Graduation Year Number of Graduating Students Entering the Match Number of Students Offered A Position Number of Students Attempting to Match Who Were Not Placed in GME Percent Matched
2020 239 229 10 96%
2019 225 220 5 98%
2018 260 256 4 98%
2017 222 221 0 100%

Important: Completion of a program of study does not guarantee placement in a residency program, future employment, licensure, or credentialing. 

2020 Match by Specialty: (starting with 2020 match, no osteopathic match)

  • Internal Medicine: 62
  • Family Medicine: 47
  • Surgery (all sub-specialties): 17
  • Emergency Medicine: 23
  • Anesthesiology: 10
  • Pediatrics: 8
  • Psychiatry:  10
  • Radiology: 7
  • OB/GYN: 6
  • Pathology:  2
  • PM&R:  2

Examples of Match Locations in the Past Three Years

Military:  Travis A.F.B., Navy Medical Center (San Diego and Portsmouth), Tripler A.M.C., Wright Patterson A.F.B., Madigan A.M.C., SAUSHEC, Dewitt A.M.C., Scott A.F.B., Walter Reed Medical Center, Camp Pendeton, Elgin A.F.B., Keesler A.F.B., and Lackland A.F.B. 

Top Arizona Hospitals:  Valleywise Integrated Health System/Creighton, Abrazo Health Network, Banner University Medical Center, Dignity Health and Medical Center, Phoenix Children's Hospital,  Mountain Vista Medical Center, Honor Health, University of Arizona (Tucson), Kingman Regional Medical Center, Canyon Vista Medical Center, and Verde Valley Medical Center

ACGME-accredited programs:  University of Oklahoma, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, University of California, Kaiser, Scripps, Loma Linda, Thomas Jefferson University, George Washington University, Drexel University, University of Washington, University of Texas, Baylor, Henry Ford, OUHCOM/Doctors Hospital, Genesys, Geisinger, Botsford Hospital, and Swedish Covenant.

COMLEX-USA Board Pass Rates

COMLEX-USA LEVEL 1 BOARD SCORES (NBOME REPORTING)

Year

AZCOM Percent Pass Rate and Average Score

National Percent Pass Rate and Average Score

2019-20

95.28%/541

94.34%/534

2018-19

92.4%/535

93.0%/526

2017-18

95.8%/571

96.0%/558

2016-17

93.1% / 530

92.7% / 519

COMLEX-USA LEVEL 2CE BOARD SCORES (NBOME REPORTING)

Year

AZCOM Percent Pass Rate Average Score

National Percent Pass Rate Average Score

2019-20

95.4/567

96.8%/561

2018-19

96.6%/574

95.6%/569

2017-18

93.2%/547

92.8%/549

2016-17

94.1% / 558

93.2% / 520

COMLEX-USA LEVEL 2PE BOARD SCORES (NBOME REPORTING)

Year

AZCOM Percent Pass Rate

National Percent Pass Rate

2019-20

94.9%

92.1%

2018-19 

96.2%

93.2%

2017-18

97.2%

93.2%

201617

97.0%

92.9%

COMLEX LEVEL 3 BOARD SCORES (NBOME REPORTING)

First-time Takers in Year

AZCOM Percent Pass Rate and Average Score

National Percent Pass Rate  and Average Score

2018-19

96.9%/567

97.49/572

2017-18

97.2%/568

95.4%/561

2016-17

96.9% / 576

96.7% / 570

2015-16

95.9% / 564

96.5% / 561

Program Description

The AZCOM course of study is typically four academic years. The first two years cover primarily didactic instruction with simulated patient clinical experiences and standardized patient experiences, followed by two years of primarily clinical rotations, including applicable didactic material. Upon graduation with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, AZCOM graduates are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of medicine.

Using this philosophy, AZCOM's four-year curriculum educates students in the bio-psychosocial approach to patient care, as well as the basic medical arts and sciences. AZCOM students spend their first two years completing a rigorous basic science curriculum and preparing for clinical studies. During their third and fourth years, students rotate through a variety of clinical training sites, accruing an impressive 84 weeks of direct patient care experience. By stimulating intellectual curiosity and teaching problem solving skills, the AZCOM curriculum encourages students to regard learning as a lifelong process.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The educational mission of AZCOM is to produce qualified osteopathic physicians. Because the D.O. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, including direct hands-on assessment and treatment.

As scientists and practitioners of the healing arts, osteopathic physicians subscribe to a philosophy that regards the body as an integrated whole with structures and functions working interdependently. Therefore, osteopathic physicians treat their patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological/spiritual needs—an approach that underscores the osteopathic commitment to patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care.

Accordingly, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to AZCOM with reasonable accommodation. A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in areas, but a candidate certain should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

  1. Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand, including those on a computer screen or electronic device. Observation necessitates the functional use of vision and sense of touch and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.
  2. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate in English, proficiently and sensitively, in verbal and written form, and be able to perceive verbal and nonverbal communication.
  3. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine motor movements, maintain equilibrium and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks. Candidates must be able to lift 20 lbs. 
  4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: a. The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest, and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process.  b. The candidate must agree to participate in touching/palpating on the skin and being touched/palpated on the skin by individuals regardless of gender in all academic settings. These activities will take place in large and small group settings as directed in the College's curricular requirements.

Candidates are required to verify that they understand and are able to meet these Technical Standards at least four weeks prior to matriculation (or if admitted later, within one week of deposit). Candidates who may only meet Technical Standards with accommodation, must contact the Office of Student Services to make a formal requst for accommodation. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the College Dean/Program Director, will determine what reasonable accommodations can be provided. The College is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum, including the requirement that students practice osteopathic manipulative techniques on each other. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment at the College. 

PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS

Starting with the 2018-2019 academic year, AZCOM program improvements have included the integration of ultrasound skill and interpretation training through the first two years of the curriculum, implementation and provision of COMBANK practice questions to assist students preparing for COMLEX-USA and COMAT post-rotation examinations, reduction of redundancies in the preclinical curriculum and compression of the block schedules to release students on most Friday afternoons, and the development of I'm HOME, an interprofessional second year class in which students provide education and episodic medical care for the homeless population in Phoenix. AZCOM has created an academic partnership with the new Abrazo graduate medical education programs and provides faculty development for academic partners and sponsored GME programs. The MWU-GME Consortium has completed the ACGME accreditation process with MWU serving as sponsoring institution for a number of residency programs in Arizona. Curricular mapping updates continue, including the development of a common syllabus tool. Curricular mapping for Arizona courses is based on the seven osteopathic core competencies, the AZCOM Mission Statement, and blueprints for COMLEX-USA. 

Improvements planned for the 2021-2022 academic year include updating the Curricular Map in One 45 and using Curriculum Index to compare AZCOM curriculum with other colleges of osteopathic medicine and schools of medicine. The MWU-GME Consortium will continue to support its sponsored programs through continued accreditation and assist with achievement of osteopathic recognition for its programs.  

MISSION

Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine educates students to exhibit professionalism, provide patient care, and serve their communities in order to become qualified osteopathic physicians.

 The mission will be achieved by meeting the following objectives: 

  1. Incorporate clinical teaching into the curriculum. 
  2. Incorporate osteopathic principles and practice including osteopathic manipulative treatment into the curriculum.
  3. Incorporate basic scientific principles.
  4. Provide opportunities for research and scholarly activity for students, residents, and faculty.
  5. Prepare students for COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2 CE, and Level 2 PE to support completion of the program and graduation. 
  6. Demonstrate student acquisition of the osteopathic core competencies. 
  7. Assess the performance of AZCOM graduates.
  8. Encourage participation in community service by students, residents, and faculty.
  9. Support postgraduate training programs associated with Midwestern University, including osteopathic recognition program development.
  10. Equip students to be successful in residency placement.
  11. Provide faculty and staff development opportunities. 
  12. Provide financial literacy programs and events.
  13. Support mental health and wellness for students, residents and faculty. 

AZCOM Leadership

Dean's Office

  • Dean of AZCOM: Lori Kemper, D.O., M.S., FACOFP, Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Randall L. Nydam, Ph.D., Professor
  • Associate Dean for Clinical Education: Sean Reeder, D.O., AOBFP, Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean for Curricular Integration and Faculty Development: Katherine Mitzel, D.O., FACEP, Associate Professor
  • Assistant Dean of AZCOM, Shannon Scott, D.O., FACOFP, Associate Professor

Department Chairs

  • Chair of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: Anthony Will, D.O., AOBFP, NMM/OMM, Associate Clinical Professor
  • Chair of Osteopathic Family and Community Medicine: Tracy Middleton, D.O., FACOFP, Clinical Professor
  • Vice Chair of Osteopathic Family and Community Medicine: Lawrence Sands, D.O., M.P.H., Associate Clinical Professor
  • Chair of Integrated Health: Charles Finch, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP, Clinical Professor
  • Chair of Internal Medicine: William Peppo, D.O., FACOI, FCCP, FACP, Clinical Professor
  • Vice Chair of Internal Medicine, Gina Wu, D.O., Clinical Assistant Professor 
  • Chair of Maternal and Child Health: Farshad Agahi, M.D., FACOG, Associate Clinical Professor
  • Vice Chair of Pediatrics: Anne Maiden, D.O., FAAP, Assistant Professor
  • Chair of Surgery and Anesthesia: Alexzandra Hollingworth, M.D., FACS, Assistant Porfessor

Mean Salaries

2020 NATIONWIDE MEAN SALARIES VARY BY SPECIALTY-FROM -MEDSCAPE PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION REPORT 

  • Family Medicine: $234,000
  • Internal Medicine: 251,000
  • Pediatrics: $232,000
  • General Surgery: $364,000
  • Anesthesiologists: $398,000
  • Emergency Medicine: $357,000
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: $308,000
  • Psychiatry: $268,000
  • Radiology: 427,000

The estimated number of physicians needed to serve patients in the U.S. is expected to increase from 691,000 in 2010 to 879,300 in 2020

US Employment Projections 2010 - 2020 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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