American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Diversity Among Osteopathic Medical Students

GROWTH IN FEMALE OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL STUDENTS

While few career paths were open to women in the late 1800s, the first class to convene at the American School of Osteopathy in
1892-93 included women. The number of female DOs increased until World War II, when female enrollment sharply decreased. However, by the 1960s women were again a prominent number in osteopathic medical schools. Today, women account for nearly half of the total enrollment in osteopathic medical schools.

ph showing percent of female osteopathic medical students 1985-2013

While the percent of female enrollment in osteopathic medical schools has declined in recent years, the total number of female osteopathic medical students has steadily increased.

Table showing total osteopathic medical school enrollment by gender

ETHNICITY OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL STUDENTS

The diversity of osteopathic medical schools is not only represented in the female population. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine plays a critical role in encouraging all minorities to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine.


Graph showing osteopathic medical school enrollment by ethnicity

Table showing total osteopathic medical school enrollment by ethnicity 

 

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