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.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
4 years, full-time
Below is a table indicating the 4-year graduation rate for the Class of 2015, the 5-year graduation rate for the Class of 2014, and the 6-year graduation rate (fully mature) for the Class of 2013.
|Graduating Class||Graduation Rate*|
|Class of 2012||95%|
|Class of 2013||94%|
|Class of 2014||93%|
|Class of 2015||95% (preliminary as defined by IPEDS*)|
|Class of 2016||94% (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 3/2016
In 2016, there were 198 students who entered the match and 198 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|
Completion of a program of study at Midwestern University does not guarantee placement in a residency program or future employment, licensure or credentialing.
Primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, plus other medical specialties and options in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities
Students seeking admission to CCOM must submit the following documented evidence:
Students seeking admission to CCOM must provide:
|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.
CCOM educates osteopathic physicians to provide compassionate quality care, promote the practice of osteopathic medicine and lifelong learning, research and service.
The mission will be achieved by meeting the following 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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Diane Baldemor is a 2014 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program.
Safi Mohammed, College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Class of 2014.
Chessa Calabrese is a proud member of the inaugural class of the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Tolu Akinwale is a 2013 graduate in the Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he has learned to provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings.
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program on the Downers Grove Campus.
At age 11, I decided I wanted a career that would allow me to help others.
I cannot wait to be a practitioner who will be able to utilize my understanding of patients’ occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.