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Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

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Introduction

Founded in 1995, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) is the newest of the colleges of osteopathic medicine. With its sister college, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, it is part of Midwestern University. The school is located on a 143-acre site in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. Also included is a College of Pharmacy and a College of Allied Health Professions.

Academics

upon successful completion of the four year program, graduates receive a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree. The four years of school for students typically include:

First and second years: Includes a strong basic science core coupled with an early introduction to clinical medicine. Courses in Clinical Correlates/Case Presentation clarifies the connections between didactic teachings and clinical findings and foster the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Through the Preceptor Program beginning in the first year, students spend an afternoon every other week shadowing a physician at community and ambulatory practice sites.

Third and fourth years: Students rotate through a variety of clinical departments at ambulatory and hospital sites. Required rotations include family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, expanded primary care, geriatrics, critical care, and emergency medicine. Students also complete 16 weeks of elective rotations.

Admissions

Completion of a minimum of 3 years of college including the basic premedical science courses plus 2 courses in English. Students are encouraged to take additional courses in the humanities, as well as the social and behavioral sciences. Applicants must have a minimum GPA and science cum of 2.75, but, more realistically, they should be closer to 3.4, with MCAT grades of 8 and 9s (total around 26).

A rolling admission process is used by the committee, which makes periodic decisions. Approximately 145 students will be accepted for the incoming class. To facilitate the admissions process, applicants will be expected to complete a supplemental application provided by the osteopathic college after receipt of the AACOMAS application. These are sent only to those meeting the minimum admission requirements. In addition, it is recommended that an evaluation from the preprofessional advisory committee and a letter of recommendation from an osteopathic physician be sent in the applicant’s behalf.

Financial Aid

Students interested in Financial Aid must be officially enrolled into the school before becoming eligible for aid.

The school will put together a package which takes into account any scholarships or gift monies, and will seek additional scholarships along with a Federal Perkins Loan. Furthermore, students will need to apply for a Federal Stafford Loan, Federal graduate PLUS, or a private loan, if the package the school provides does not cover all costs.

Accreditation

This school is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.


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