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.

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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 meetingthe following objectives:

  1. Incorporate clinical teaching into the curriculum throughout the four year program.
  2. Incorporate osteopathic principles and practice into both preclinical and clinical training years.
  3. Incorporate basic scientific principles into the learning and medical curriculum.
  4. Provide opportunities for research and scholarly activity for students, graduates, 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 continuing progress in acquiring the core competencies during student clinical clerkship training.
  7. Assess the performance of AZCOM graduates.
  8. Encourage community service by students, graduates, and faculty.
  9. Support the Midwestern University Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (MWU/OPTI) to mutually enhance the training of our students, residents, and faculty.
  10. Equip students to be successful in residency placement.
  11. Provide faculty development opportunities to promote AZCOM objectives.
  12. Provide financial literacy programs and events.

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.

2019 Match by Specialty:

  • Internal Medicine: 52 Students
  • Family Medicine:48 Students
  • Pediatrics: 12 Students
  • OB/GYN: 5 Students
  • Surgery (General, Ortho, Prelim Year): 14 Students
  • Anesthesiology: 22 Students
  • Emergency Medicine: 19 Students
  • Psychiatry: 10
  • Radiology: 7
  • Pathology: 2
  • PM&R: 5
  • Neurology: 8 Students
  • Dermatology: 2 students
  • Military: 25 matches included in the above specialties

Examples of Match Locations in the Past Three Years:

Top Arizona Hospitals: 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.


$184,195
Average Salary

95.8%
Pass Rate on COMLEX

90-96%
Graduation Rate

General Requirements

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

Class of 2023 Profiles

  • Female: 112
  • Male: 142
  • Average Age: 25
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.48
  • Average Science GPA: 3.42
  • Average Composite MCAT: 506
  • Class Size: 254
  • Top Home States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Texas and Utah

Graduation Rates

4-year graduation rates for the Classes of 2019, the 5-year graduation rate for the Class of 2018, and the 6-year (fully mature) graduation rate for the Class of 2017.

Graduating Class

Graduation Rate

Class of 2017

96%

Class of 2018

94%

Class of 2019

86%

Residency Placements (NMS and NRMP Match 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
2019 225 220 5 98%
2018 260 256 4 98%
2017 222 221 0 100%
2016 241 241 0 100%

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

2019 Match by Specialty:

  • Internal Medicine: 64
  • Family Medicine: 49
  • Surgery (all sub-specialties): 21
  • Emergency Medicine: 20
  • Anesthesiology: 17
  • Pediatrics: 12
  • Psychiatry:  10
  • Radiology: 7
  • OB/GYN: 6
  • Pathology:  2
  • PM&R:  1

Examples of Match Locations in the Past Three Years

Military:  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, 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:  Maricopa Integrated Health System, Banner University Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix Children's Hospital,  Mountain Vista Medical Center, Honor Health, Canyon Vista Medical Center, and Verde Valley Medical Center.

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 Washington, University of Texas, Baylor, Henry Ford, OUHCOM/Doctors Hospital, Genesys, Geisinger, Botsford Hospital, Swedish Covenant

Comlex-USA Board Pass Rates

COMLEX LEVEL 1 BOARD SCORES (NBOME REPORTING)

Year

AZCOM Percent Pass Rate and Average Score

National Percent Pass Rate and Average Score

2018-19

92.4%/535

93%/526

2017-18 

95.8%/571

96.0%/558

2016-17

93.1%/530

92.7%/519

2015-16

97.5% / 535

92.3% / 515

COMLEX LEVEL 2CE BOARD SCORES (NBOME REPORTING)

Year

AZCOM Percent Pass Rate Average Score

National Percent Pass Rate Average Score

2018-19

96.6/574

95.6%/526

2017-18 

93.2%/547

92.8%/550

2016-17

94.1%/558

93.2%/520

2015-16

95.9% / 531

92.2% / 537

COMLEX Level 2PE Board Scores (NBOME Reporting)

Year

AZCOM Percent Pass Rate

National Percent Pass Rate

2018-19

96.2%/535

93.2%/526

2017-18 

97.2%

93.2%

2016-17

97.0%

92.9%

2015-16

97.2%

93.0%

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

2017-18 

97.2%/568

95.4%/561

2016-17

96.9%/576

96.7%/570

2015-16

95.9% / 564

96.5% / 561

2014-15

95.8% / 561

96.0% / 558

Program Description

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.

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, 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 EXPECTATIONS

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 analysis and treatment.

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 some areas, but a candidate 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. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.
  2. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively in both oral and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.
  3. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular 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.
  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: 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. The candidate must agree to experience touching/palpating and being touched/palpated by individuals of either gender as defined in the College's curricular requirements.

Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the academic dean (and program director), will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College(/Program) would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College(/Program) is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.

PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS

For the 2012-2013 academic year, AZCOM program improvements included the development of didactic learning programs for clinical clerkship sites, developed an advising tool to assist students in preparing for the match, based on previous match performance of AZCOM students, and engaged in faculty development using faculty learning communities to increase the interaction of basic science and clinical science faculty. AZ. In 2012-2013, four new residency programs opened in the Glendale OPTI region, providing additional training opportunities for AZCOM students and graduates. These programs included Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and General Surgery at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, AZ, and Orthopedic Surgery at Doctor's Hospital in Modesto, CA. Curricular mapping, which began in 2011, was completed in 2012 so that the Curriculum Committee may more completely review and update the educational program, as needed.

Improvements planned for the 2013-2014 academic year include providing additional certified testing locations in California, Arizona and Illinois, as well as incorporating hands-on OMM as a requirement in the OCM III and OCM IV courses. We continue to work with hospitals, most in the Phoenix area, to develop residency programs and affiliated student training sites with the MWU/OPTI. For the 2014-2015 academic year, AZCOM plans to convert all post-rotation examinations, to computer-based examinations.

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 throughout the four year program.
  2. Incorporate osteopathic principles and practice into both preclinical and clinical training years.
  3. Incorporate basic scientific principles into the learning and medical curriculum.
  4. Provide opportunities for research and scholarly activity for students, graduates, 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 continuing progress in acquiring the core competencies during student clinical clerkship training.
  7. Assess the performance of AZCOM graduates.
  8. Encourage community service by students, graduates, and faculty.
  9. Support the Midwestern University Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (MWU/OPTI) to mutually enhance the training of our students, residents, and faculty.
  10. Equip students to be successful in residency placement.
  11. Provide faculty development opportunities to promote AZCOM objectives.
  12. Provide financial literacy programs and events.

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 Professor
  • Chair of Family Medicine: Tracy Middleton, D.O., FACOFP, Professor
  • Chair of Integrated Health: Charles Finch, D.O., FACOEP, FACEP, Professor
  • Chair of Internal Medicine: William Peppo, D.O., FACOI, FCCP, FACP, Professor
  • Chair of Maternal and Child Health: Farshad Agahi, M.D., FACOG, Associate Professor
  • Vice Chair of Pediatrics: Anne Maiden, D.O., FAAP, Assistant Professor
  • Chair of Surgery and Anesthesia: Alexzandra Hollingworth, M.D., FACS, Assistant Porfessor

Median Salaries

2017 MEDIAN SALARIES IN THE WEST (VARIES BY SPECIALTY)-FROM MGMA PHYSICIANS COMPENSATION AND PRODUCTION SURVEY 2017 REPORT

  • Family Medicine (Without OB): $234, 162
  • Family Medicine (with OB): $237,069
  • Pediatricians: $229,497
  • Internal Medicine: $235,621
  • General Surgeons: $387,686
  • Anesthesiologists: $472,561
  • Emergency Medicine: $319,333
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: $327,358
  • Psychiatry: $269,704

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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