Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

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Steeped in the osteopathic tradition and based on the most current scientific research, your education at CCOM provides the skills you need for success. Founded in 1900, CCOM's longstanding reputation for excellence ensures that our clinical partners welcome you into outstanding rotations, internships, and residencies. What's more, our caring faculty are committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals. As a student, you'll gain the preparation and education needed to build your future and join other CCOM alumni with outstanding national board pass rates and residency placements..

Program
Doctoral

Location
Downers Grove, IL

Duration
4 Years, Full-Time

Class Size
205

Graduation Rate
94%


The CCOM course of study is typically 4 academic years. The first 2 years cover primarily didactic instruction, followed by 2 years of primarily clinical rotations, including applicable didactic material. Upon graduation with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, CCOM graduates are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all fields of medicine. 

Becoming a D.O. - A Letter from the AACOM President and CEO

As scientists and practitioners of the healing arts, osteopathic physicians subscribe to a philosophy that regards the body as an integrated whole with structure and function working interdependently. As an extension of this philosophy, osteopathic physicians treat their patients as unique persons with biological, psychological, and sociological needs, an approach that underscores the osteopathic commitment to patient-oriented versus disease-oriented health care.

CCOM proactively modifies its curriculum to meet the needs of the practice of osteopathic medicine in the 21st century. To that end, the curriculum is being progressively enhanced with increasing alignment and integration of basic science and clinical sciences material. CCOM courses maintain rigorous standards by introducing the course material with interactive presentation methods in the manner that osteopathic physicians approach the patient in the clinical setting.

To learn more about our current school year curriculum, please review our programmatic level objectives and course descriptions for the 2019/2020 school year.

To produce competent osteopathic physicians, CCOM's program emphasizes primary care but includes traditional specialties and subspecialties. Because the DO degree signifies the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, CCOM graduates must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, including direct hands-on analysis and treatment.

Accordingly and with reasonable accommodation, all candidates for admission to the CCOM program must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). COCA is recognized as the accrediting agency for colleges of osteopathic medicine by the United States Office of Education and the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA). CCOM is currently accredited through 2023.

For further information, please contact the American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611, or 1-800-621-1773. The website can be accessed at aoacoca.org

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

Primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, plus other medical specialties and options in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities

Median Salaries in the Midwest (varies by specialty) - Source: MGMA 2017 Provider Compensation and Production Report: Based on 2016 Survey Data

  • Family Medicine: $233,129
  • Pediatricians: $226,896
  • Internal Medicine: $252,396
  • General Surgeons: $446,763
  • Anesthesiologists: $468,434
  • Emergency Medicine: $360,000
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology: $350,000

Students seeking admission to CCOM must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of the admissions course requirements
    • Grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable)
    • To be competitive, students should have minimum cumulative GPAs and science GPAs over 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • To receive a supplemental application, students must have minimum science and cumulative GPAs of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  2. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation
  3. Competitive test scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
    • Average MCAT score for students entering CCOM in CCOM in 2019 was 508
    • Only MCAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the planned enrollment year are acceptable
    • Candidates can register for MCAT tests through the MCAT Program Office at 202/828-0690 or visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat for information
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    • One letter from either a premedical advisory committee, prehealth advisor or basic science professor who has taught the applicant;
    • Second letter from either a U.S. licensed D.O. or M.D. Letters from osteopathic physicians are strongly recommended. Letters written by family members are not acceptable.

Students seeking admission to CCOM must provide:

  1. Demonstrate sincere understanding and interest in osteopathic medicine;
  2. Demonstrate service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities;
  3. Show motivation for, and commitment to, healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences;
  4. Possess verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues;
  5. Pass the Midwestern University fingerprint-based background check;
  6. Commit to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy;
  7. Meet the Technical Standards of the College.

Technical Standards for Admission

The Technical Standards set forth the nonacademic abilities considered essential for students to achieve the level of competence required by the faculty to obtain the academic degree awarded by the College.

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the College with reasonable accommodation. Candidates must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but candidates should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

1. Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand, including those on a computer screen or electronic device. Observation necessitates the functional use of vision and sense of touch and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses. [The candidate must be able to accurately auscultate lung/breath, heart and bowel sounds to complete the curricular requirement to individually complete physical examination of a patient/client]

2. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate in English, proficiently and sensitively, in verbal and written form, and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.

3. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine motor movements, maintain equilibrium and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks. Candidates must be able to lift 20 lbs.

4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem-solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.

5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships. Candidate must be able to tolerate physically, mentally and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process. The candidate must agree to participate in touching/palpating on the skin and being touched/palpated on the skin by individuals regardless of gender in all academic settings, including osteopathic manipulative techniques. These activities will take place in large and small group settings as directed in the College’s curricular requirements.

Candidates are required to verify that they understand and are able to meet these Technical Standards at least 4 weeks prior to matriculation (or if admitted later, within 1 week of deposit). Candidates who may only meet Technical Standards with accommodation must contact the Disability Services Office to make a formal request for accommodation. The Disability Committee, in consultation with the College Dean/Program Director, will determine what reasonable accommodations can be provided. The College is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum.

Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment at the College. After matriculation, if a student fails to continue to meet the Technical Standards during subsequent enrollment, the student may apply for accommodation by contacting the Disability Services Office. If the accommodation needed to meet the Technical Standards alters the educational standards of the curriculum, the student’s ability to satisfactorily progress in the curriculum will be evaluated by the appropriate College’s Student Graduation and Promotion Committee.

If you need accommodations, you must contact the Disability Services Office to make a formal request within 2 weeks of signing this document or the acceptance will be withdrawn. For Downers Grove candidates, the contact person for Disability Services is Dr. Carrie Torgerson, Associate Dean of Students and Disability Services Coordinator, ctorge@midwestern.edu or 630-515-7142

    Prerequisite Courses

    Sem Hrs

    Qtr Hrs

    Biology with lab

    8

    12

    General Chemistry with lab

    8

    12

    Organic Chemistry with lab

    8

    12

    Physics with lab

    8

    12

    English Composition

    6

    9

    Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are recommended courses that may contribute to success in medical school.


    94%
    Graduation Rate

    98.5%
    Residency Placement Rate

    92%-99%
    Pass Rate on National Boards

    General Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree
    • Minimum total and science GPA of 2.75
    • MCAT scores
    • Two letters of recommendation

    Class of 2023 Profiles

    • Female: 53%
    • Male: 47%
    • Average Age: 24
    • Average Overall GPA: 3.6; Science GPA: 3.5
    • Average composite MCAT score: 508
    • Top Home States: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, California

    COMLEX-USA Board Pass Rates

    COMLEX-USA LEVEL I BOARD PASS RATE AND MEAN (2016-2019)

      LEVEL 1   

     CCOM 

    NATIONAL

    2019 96.0% /564 93.0% / 526
    2018 98.5% / 580 96.0% / 558
    2017 98.0% / 550 92.7% / 520
    2016 97.9% / 547 92.3% / 515

    COMLEX-USA LEVEL 2 CE BOARD PASS RATE AND MEAN (2016-2019)

    LEVEL 2CE

     CCOM 

    NATIONAL

    2019 97.0% / 589 95.6% / 569
    2018 95.4% / 594 92.8% / 550
    2017 94.9% / 577 93.2% / 543
    2016 97.5% / 580 92.2% / 537

    COMLEX-USA LEVEL 2PE BOARD PASS RATE (2016-2019)

    LEVEL 2PE 

     CCOM 

    NATIONAL

    2019 96.0% 93.2%
    2018 92.5% 93.2%
    2017 97.5% 92.9%
    2016 98.0% 93.0%

    COMLEX-USA LEVEL 3 BOARD PASS RATE AND MEAN (2015-2018)

      LEVEL 3   

     CCOM 

    NATIONAL

    2018 98.1% / 605 95.4% / 561
    2017 99.1% / 601 96.7% / 570
    2016 98.9% / 599 96.5% / 560
    2015 97.4% / 582 96.4% / 558

    Research Outcomes (PDFs)

    Yearly Annual Report 

    Prepared by the MWU Office of Institutional Research and Educational Assessment.

    Residency Placements (NMS and NRMP Match Statistics)

    IN 2018, THERE WERE 204 STUDENTS WHO ENTERED THE MATCH AND 204 WHO WERE OFFERED POSITIONS. ALL STUDENTS MATCHED.

    Graduation Year Number of Graduating Students Entering the Match Number of Students Offered a Position Number of Student Attempting to Match Who Were Not Placed in GME
    2018 204 204 0
    2017 198 198 0
    2016 198 198 0
    2015 204 204 0
    2014 187 187 0

    2018 Match by Specialty

    • Anesthesiology - 9
    • Emergency Medicine - 22
    • Family Medicine - 57
    • General Surgery - 1
    • Internal Medicine - 49
    • OB/GYN - 5
    • Pediatrics - 16
    • Other - 45

    COMPLETION OF A PROGRAM OF STUDY AT MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY DOES NOT GUARANTEE PLACEMENT IN A RESIDENCY PROGRAM OR FUTURE EMPLOYMENT, LICENSURE OR CREDENTIALING.

    Career Opportunities and Median Salary

    Primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, plus other medical specialties and options in hospitals, medical schools, private practices, and government facilities

    MEDIAN SALARIES IN THE MIDWEST (VARIES BY SPECIALTY) -SOURCE: MGMA 2017 PROVIDER COMPENSATION AND PRODUCTION REPORT: BASED ON 2016 SURVEY DATA

    • Family Medicine: $233,129
    • Pediatricians: $226,896
    • Internal Medicine: $252,396
    • General Surgeons: $446,763
    • Anesthesiologists: $468,434
    • Emergency Medicine: $360,000
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology: $350,000

    CCOM Leadership

    Dean's Office

    • Dean: Thomas A. Boyle, DO, MBA, FACOEP, FACEP
    • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs: Sophie La Salle, PhD 
    • Associate Dean, Interprofessional Education: Perry Marshall, DO
    • Associate Dean, Clinical Education: William Moran, DO, CS
    • Director of the Costin Institute: Tricia Krohmer, MS, MBA
    • Assistant to the Dean: Emily Whitis, MA, CS
    • Administrative Coordinator: Renee Sutera

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