Student enrollment in osteopathic medical colleges grew by 11.1 percent in 2013, and the total number of enrolled students has nearly doubled in the last decade, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
One in five medical students is training to become an osteopathic physician, according to a preliminary enrollment report. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled in osteopathic medical colleges, compared with about 11,000 students in 2001, according to AACOM. Its CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, said in a news release that the growing number of osteopathic medical school graduates will help reduce projected physician shortages. Osteopathic physicians take a holistic approach to patient care and are licensed to prescribe medicine and practice in all specialty areas. There are now 30 colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S., with three opening this year and several more in the planning stages.
The Association of American Medical Colleges will release data on application and enrollment rates at allopathic medical schools today.