Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
4 years, full-time
|Graduating Class||Graduation Rate*|
|Class of 2011||96.00% (final)|
|Class of 2012||95.45% (final)|
|Class of 2013||93.60% (preliminary as defined by IPEDS)*|
|Class of 2014||88.24% (preliminary as defined by IPEDS)*|
*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 2/2015
Among the graduates, 58 percent entered primary care residencies while the rest of the class also secured residencies in various specialties including emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, ophthalmology, radiology, psychiatry, and anesthesiology. In addition, 49 percent of the class will stay in Illinois for their residency programs, with the rest traveling to 25 other states for their residencies.
Percentage of students attempting to match who were placed in a GME position:
Primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, plus other medical specialties and options in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities
Completion of a program of study at Midwestern University does not guarantee placement in a residency program or future employment, licensure or credentialing.
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. 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. In recognition of this approach, CCOM proactively modifies its curriculum to meet the needs of the practice of osteopathic medicine in the 21st century. To that end, our 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) teaches osteopathic medical students and offers training for the osteopathic medical community to provide compassionate, quality patient-centered care. The College promotes the practice of osteopathic medicine by fostering a culture of lifelong learning, supporting research and encouraging service.
The mission is achieved by assessing and striving to meet the following goals and objectives:
CCOM achieves educational excellence through
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 curriculum is being enhanced with an early clinical focus through a symptom-presentation approach. The clinical courses in the first two years have been revamped for the 2015-2016 academic year utilizing this approach.
CCOM is engaged in a One Health focus recognizing the significant interaction of human, animal and environmental aspects of health.
The new Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic provides early clinical contact opportunities and clinical rotation opportunities.
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.
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