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Degree

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

General Requirements

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size

206

Class of 2017 Profiles

Residency Placements (Class of 2013)

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, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, etc.

Residency Match Rates:

Percentage of students attempting to match who were placed in a GME position:

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2012

2011

2010

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COMLEX-USA Level I Board Pass Rate (2010-2013)

  Level 1   

 CCOM 

National

201396.9%90.6%
201294.2%91.9%
201187.1%87.6%
201094.4%89.6%

COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE Board Pass Rate (2010-2013)

Level 2CE

 CCOM 

National

201393.4%90.5%
201288.6%86.8%
201192.1%86.5%
201091.6%82.6%

COMLEX-USA Level 2PE Board Pass Rate (2010-2013)

Level 2PE 

 CCOM 

National

201397.2%94.1%
201295.9%95.0%
201196.6%96.1%
201097.6%94.8%

COMLEX-USA Level 3 Board Pass Rate (2010-2013)

  Level 3   

 CCOM 

National

201398.0%95.1%
201297.1%95.0%
201192.6%91.4%
201098.2%91.9%

Career Opportunities

Primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, plus other medical specialties and options in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities

Graduation Rates: 

Class matriculating in 2006: 96.00% (fully mature)*

Class matriculating in 2007: 94.89% (preliminary)*

*following the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System convention for graduation percentage data reporting

Prepared by the MWU Office of Institutional Research and Educational Assessment 11/1/2013

2012 National Salary Ranges (varies by region of the country and specialty)

Modern Healthcare's 2013 Physician Compensation Survey; 7/15/2013, pp. 26-29

Completion of a program of study at Midwestern University does not guarantee placement in a residency program or future employment, licensure or credentialing.

Admission Requirements

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

  1. Completion of the admissions course requirements.
    • 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 from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
  3. Competitive test scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
    • Average MCAT score for students entering CCOM in 2013 was 29
    • Only MCAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the planned enrollment year are acceptable
    • Register for MCAT tests through the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat for information
    • MCAT exams are offered multiple times per year
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    • One letter from either a premedical advisory committee, prehealth advisor or basic science professor who has taught the applicant
    • Second letter from either a U.S licensed D.O. or M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended. Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the evaluators. Letters submitted by students are not accepted by the Office of Admissions
  5. Demonstration of sincere understanding and interest in osteopathic medicine
  6. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities
  7. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues
  9. Passing the Midwestern University fingerprinting background check
  10. Commitment to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy
  11. Meet the Technical Standards of the College
Prerequisite Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab812
General Chemistry with lab812
Organic Chemistry with lab812
Physics with lab812
English Composition69

Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are recommended courses that may contribute to success in medical school.

Additional Application Information

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Program Description

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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.

Program Expectations

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.

Mission

CCOM educates osteopathic physicians to provide quality, compassionate care and promotes the practice of osteopathic medicine, lifelong learning, research, and service.

Values

CCOM achieves educational excellence through

Program Reputation

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.

Planned Program Improvements

The curriculum is being enhanced with the addition of an earlier clinical focus through a symptom-presentation approach.

The new Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic, open as of September 2013, will be providing more early clinical contact opportunities and clinical rotation opportunities.

The Department of Clinical Integration, encompassing the clinical courses in the first two years, has been formed and is launching revamped courses for the 2013-14 academic year.

Accreditation

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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.

Related Links

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Deans Home Page

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)

 


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