A rapidly growing population, increasing number of elderly Americans, an aging physician workforce, and a greater overall demand for health care services, all point to a potential doctor shortage in the next few decades. Nationwide, there are just 283 physicians for every 100,000 people.To address this growing need for more physicians, Midwestern University (MWU) will increase the class size for students in its Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) from 160 to 200 students beginning fall 2009. CCOM typically receives approximately 5,000 applications per year. Approval for this increase was granted by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association. In preparation, MWU plans to augment its Downers Grove, IL campus facilities with a new basic sciences building and offer greatly expanded clinical rotations.
"CCOM has been long recognized for its proud tradition of graduating excellent osteopathic physicians. We are perfectly positioned to do our part to meet the health care needs of the state of Illinois and the American public," said Karen J. Nichols, D.O., M.A., FACOI, CCOM Dean and Professor of Internal Medicine.
Founded in 1900, CCOM has graduated more than 5,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s), who have served in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities across the country.
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