Facts & Stats

  • Did you know? 

    • Andrew Taylor Still founded osteopathic medicine in 1874.
    • Osteopathic physicians are fully licensed to practice medicine and surgery in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries.
    • KCUMB is the largest medical school in Missouri. Founded in 1916, more than 9,650 osteopathic physicians have graduated from KCUMB.
    • With the addition of three new schools in 2013, there are now 29 colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States, four branch campuses and four additional teaching locations.
    • More than 20 percent of all medical students currently studying in the United States are earning their degrees from a college of osteopathic medicine.
    •  An estimated 5,300 D.O.s will graduate annually by 2015.
    • More than half of graduating osteopathic physicians enter a primary care specialty (family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics). Future D.O.s will play a key role in mitigating future primary care physician shortages.
    • All aspiring osteopathic physicians apply to colleges of osteopathic medicine through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS), a centralized application service. The number of students applying to osteopathic medical schools for enrollment in fall 2011 reached an all-time high of 14,087, representing a 7 percent increase over the previous year. The number of applicants has risen each year since 2003. To apply, visit aacomas.aacom.org.
    • Of all applicants to osteopathic medical schools for enrollment in fall 2011, 53 percent of were women, the highest number since 1977.

    Sources: American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)