Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
4 years, full-time
95 programs in 23 states; sites include Loyola University Chicago, Medical College of Wisconsin, Northwestern, Rush University, Stroger-Cook County, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Connecticut, Georgetown University, Advocate Christ
78% go to first or second residency choice; far surpasses national match rate of 68%
93.3% pass rate for first-time test-takers
92.9% pass rate for first-time test-takers
Primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, plus other medical specialties and options in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities
14.2% physicians and surgeons job growth from 2006-2016 to serve a growing and aging population, especially in rural and low-income areas
Modern Healthcare; 7/16/2012, Vol. 42 Issue 29, p17-26
Students seeking admission to CCOM must submit the following documented evidence:
|Prerequisite Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Physics with lab||8||12|
Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are recommended courses that may contribute to success in medical school.
The CCOM course of study is typically 4 academic years. The first 2 years cover primarily didactic instruction, followed by 2 years of primarily clinical rotations, including applicable didactic material. Upon graduation with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, CCOM graduates are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of medicine.
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.
Using this philosophy, CCOM's four-year curriculum educates students in the biopsychosocial approach to patient care, as well as the basic medical arts and sciences. CCOM students spend their first two years completing a rigorous basic science curriculum and preparing for clinical studies, including early clinical contact experiences. During their third and fourth years, students rotate through a variety of clinical training sites, accruing an impressive 88 weeks of direct patient care experience. By stimulating intellectual curiosity and teaching problem solving skills, the CCOM curriculum encourages students to regard learning as a lifelong process.
To produce competent osteopathic physicians, CCOM's program emphasizes primary care but includes traditional specialties and subspecialties. Because the DO degree signifies the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, CCOM 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 analysis and treatment.
Accordingly and with reasonable accommodation, all candidates for admission to the CCOM program must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
CCOM educates osteopathic physicians to provide quality, compassionate care and promotes the practice of osteopathic medicine, lifelong learning, research, and service.
CCOM achieves educational excellence through
Every member of the CCOM family exemplifies its core values to provide relationship-centered teaching and care. Our communities include:
Since its founding in 1900, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine has graduated more than 6,000 alumni and accounts for nearly 13 percent of all practicing osteopathic physicians and surgeons in the United States.
The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). COCA is recognized as the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine by the United States Office of Education and the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). CCOM is currently accredited through 2016.
For further information, please contact the American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, or (800) 621-1773.
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.
MWU Osteopathic Medicine Program in Glendale
Osteopathic Medicine as a Career
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators
Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (IOMS)
Student Doctor Network (SDN)