Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

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Steeped in the osteopathic tradition and based on the most current scientific research, your education at CCOM provides the skills you need for success. Founded in 1900, CCOM's longstanding reputation for excellence ensures that our clinical partners welcome you into outstanding rotations, internships, and residencies. What's more, our caring faculty are committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a student, you'll gain the preparation and education needed to build your future and join other CCOM alumni with outstanding national board pass rates and residency placements..

Program
Doctoral

Location
Downers Grove, IL

Duration
4 Years, Full-Time

Class Size
205

Graduation Rate
94%


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 structure and function working interdependently. As an extension of this philosophy, 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.

CCOM proactively modifies its curriculum to meet the needs of the practice of osteopathic medicine in the 21st century. To that end, the curriculum is being progressively enhanced with increasing alignment and integration of basic science and clinical sciences material. CCOM courses maintain rigorous standards by introducing the course material with interactive presentation methods in the manner that osteopathic physicians approach the patient in the clinical setting.

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.

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 2023.

For further information, please contact the American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, or 1-800-621-1773. The website can be accessed at aoacoca.org

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.

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

Median Salaries in the Midwest (varies by specialty) - Source: MGMA 2017 Provider Compensation and Production Report: Based on 2016 Survey Data

  • Family Medicine: $233,129
  • Pediatricians: $226,896
  • Internal Medicine: $252,396
  • General Surgeons: $446,763
  • Anesthesiologists: $468,434
  • Emergency Medicine: $360,000
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: $350,000

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 2017 was 507 (29 on previous MCAT format)
    • Only MCAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the planned enrollment year are acceptable
    • Candidates can register for MCAT tests through the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat for information
  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 family members are not acceptable.

Students seeking admission to CCOM must provide:

  1. Demonstrate sincere understanding and interest in osteopathic medicine;
  2. Demonstrate service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities;
  3. Show motivation for, and commitment to, healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences;
  4. Possess verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues;
  5. Pass the Midwestern University fingerprint-based background check;
  6. Commit to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy;
  7. Meet the Technical Standards of the College.

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

English Composition

6

9

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


94%
Graduation Rate

100%
Residency Match Rate

92%-99%
Pass Rate on National Boards

General Requirements

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

Class of 2023 Profiles

  • Female: 53%
  • Male: 47%
  • Average Age: 24
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.6; Science GPA: 3.5
  • Average composite MCAT score: 508
  • Top Home States: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, California

COMLEX-USA Board Pass Rates

COMLEX-USA LEVEL I BOARD PASS RATE AND MEAN (2015-2018)

  LEVEL 1   

 CCOM 

NATIONAL

2018 98.5% / 580 96.0% / 558
2017 98.0% / 550 92.7% / 520
2016 97.9% / 547 92.3% / 515
2015 96.0% / 555 93.9% / 529

COMLEX-USA LEVEL 2 CE BOARD PASS RATE AND MEAN (2015-2018)

LEVEL 2CE

 CCOM 

NATIONAL

2018 95.4% / 594  92.8% / 550
2017 94.9% / 577 93.2% / 543
2016 97.5% / 580 92.2% / 537
2015 95.1% / 557 92.6% / 536

COMLEX-USA LEVEL 2PE BOARD PASS RATE (2015-2018)

LEVEL 2PE 

 CCOM 

NATIONAL

2018 92.5% 93.2%
2017 97.5% 92.9%
2016 98.0% 93.0%
2015 99.0% 92.0%

COMLEX-USA LEVEL 3 BOARD PASS RATE AND MEAN (2015-2018)

  LEVEL 3   

 CCOM 

NATIONAL

2018 98.1% / 605 95.4% / 561
2017 99.1% / 601 96.7% / 570
2016 98.9% / 599 96.5% / 560
2015 97.4% / 582 96.4% / 558

Research Outcomes (PDFs)

Yearly Annual Report 

Prepared by the MWU Office of Institutional Research and Educational Assessment.

Residency Placements (NMS and NRMP Match Statistics)

IN 2018, THERE WERE 204 STUDENTS WHO ENTERED THE MATCH AND 204 WHO WERE OFFERED POSITIONS. ALL STUDENTS MATCHED.

Graduation Year Number of Graduating Students Entering the Match Number of Students Offered a Position Number of Student Attempting to Match Who Were Not Placed in GME
2018 204 204 0
2017 198 198 0
2016 198 198 0
2015 204 204 0
2014 187 187 0

2018 Match by Specialty

  • Anesthesiology - 9
  • Emergency Medicine - 22
  • Family Medicine - 57
  • General Surgery - 1
  • Internal Medicine - 49
  • OB/GYN - 5
  • Pediatrics - 16
  • Other - 45

COMPLETION OF A PROGRAM OF STUDY AT MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY DOES NOT GUARANTEE PLACEMENT IN A RESIDENCY PROGRAM OR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT, LICENSURE OR CREDENTIALING.

Career Opportunities and Median Salary

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

MEDIAN SALARIES IN THE MIDWEST (VARIES BY SPECIALTY) -SOURCE: MGMA 2017 PROVIDER COMPENSATION AND PRODUCTION REPORT: BASED ON 2016 SURVEY DATA

  • Family Medicine: $233,129
  • Pediatricians: $226,896
  • Internal Medicine: $252,396
  • General Surgeons: $446,763
  • Anesthesiologists: $468,434
  • Emergency Medicine: $360,000
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: $350,000

CCOM Leadership

Dean's Office

  • Dean: Thomas A. Boyle, DO, MBA, FACOEP, FACEP
  • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs: Sophie La Salle, PhD 
  • Associate Dean, Clinical Education: William Moran, DO, CS
  • Director of the Costin Institute: Tricia Krohmer, MS, MBA
  • Assistant to the Dean: Emily Whitis, MA, CS
  • Administrative Coordinator: Renee Sutera

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