American Osteopathic Association

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American Osteopathic Association Response to “Med School Enrollment Hits New High”

Chicago— October 26, 2015— The October 22, 2015 article “Med School Enrollment Hits New High” highlights an important milestone in our nation’s ability to meet the health care needs of an aging population. But as the article correctly points out, education is only half of the equation. Until there are enough residencies to train them, the physician shortage will persist no matter how many new DOs and MDs are produced.

The American Osteopathic Association is working hard to increase graduate medical education to meet the rapid growth of the osteopathic medical profession, which is not reflected in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ recent report.

DOs today represent about 11 percent of licensed physicians in the U.S., but one in four medical students attends an osteopathic medical school. The osteopathic philosophy of holistic, preventative care clearly resonates, with nearly 21,000 prospective DOs applying to one or more college of osteopathic medicine in 2015, an increase of 13.7 percent over 2014. This year 7,025 new students began their osteopathic medical education.

Ensuring residencies for all new DOs and MDs is the most pressing concern for the medical profession. Success requires teamwork and collaboration across the U.S. house of medicine to make sure these physicians can train and practice where their care is most needed.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 122,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at

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