Colleges: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM)

Glendale, AZ Campus

In 1995, Midwestern University acknowledged the growing need for physicians in the United States and established AZCOM in Glendale, Arizona. The inaugural class of osteopathic medical students began classes on September 30, 1996 and graduated on June 4, 2000. AZCOM achieved full accreditation status following the graduation of this first class. In 2008, AZCOM increased its class size to 250 to help address the need for more physicians in the state of Arizona.

The osteopathic profession employs a patient-centered approach to health care, with an emphasis on primary care/preventive medicine. Osteopathic physicians (DOs) enjoy the same rights and privileges as allopathic physicians (MDs) and possess an additional skill to treat patients: osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). By combining OMM with traditional medical approaches, DOs provide patients with the most comprehensive care available.

The College has developed partnerships with more than 2,000 physicians at major metropolitan health centers and specialized private practices throughout the state and U.S to provide clinical rotations for students during their third and fourth years.

AZCOM has established new postdoctoral programs in primary care disciplines through its Arizona Graduate Medical Education Consortium. Internship and residency programs are offered at several hospitals throughout Arizona.

AZCOM has graduated nine classes of osteopathic physicians, increasing the number of primary care providers in Arizona and strengthening one of the state's primary economic clusters in the Arizona Strategic Plan for Economic Development.

More than 200 of AZCOM's 1,098 alumni currently practice in Arizona.

Learn more about the osteopathic medicine program at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.