According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the United States is facing a critical physician workforce shortage. They say by 2020 the gap between physician supply and demand will range from 50,000 to more than 100,000. With that in mind, colleges of osteopathic medicine are graduating more and more students. More than 4,800 new osteopathic physicians enter the workforce each year. For high school students exploring a career in osteopathic medicine, OutlooK-12 has compiled a list of the leading 10 schools granting the most osteopathic medicine degrees or certificates.
Topping the list is Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) with nearly 500 certificates or degrees granted as of 2013. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is second with about 350 certificates or degrees granted during the same period, followed by New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Michigan State University (MSU) and AT Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) occupying the third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Among the top 10 list of schools granting the most osteopathic medicine degrees and certificates to Hispanic students, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) leads all other schools, and placed seventh for all ethnic and racial groups. LECOM, the leader for all ethnic and racial groups, tied for eighth in granting the most osteopathic medicine degrees and certificates to Hispanic students. OutlooK-12 compiled these lists from statistics provided by the department of education’s IPEDS database.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the nation’s approximately 74,000 fully-licensed active and practicing osteopathic physicians practice the entire scope of modern medicine, bringing a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating illness and injury. Today, more than 20 percent of medical students in the United States are training to be osteopathic physicians. Osteopathic physicians can choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries, and practice medicine anywhere in the United States.