- The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is a leader for primary care education. Consistently listed on the U.S. News & World Report rankings for educating primary care doctors, it's the highest-rated osteopathic medical school.
- Addressing the physician shortage in Michigan – More than 300 osteopathic students graduate each year as part of our mandate to produce primary care physicians for the state.
- More than 1,200 osteopathic students statewide – Each year more than 400 first- and second-year students are taking classes in East Lansing, and about 100 each at the Detroit Medical Center and Macomb University Center. More than 600 third- and fourth-year students are in clinical rotations at partner hospitals across the state.
- Of our 2016 entering class, nearly 85% are Michigan residents. Our students come from communities ranging from Detroit and west Michigan to the Upper Peninsula, from across the United States, and from countries around the globe. Since 2013, a special cadre of students from Canada – about 20 each year – are enrolling in MSUCOM to build the osteopathic profession in that nation.
- Two-thirds of our graduates stay in the state to practice patient-centered care in almost all of Michigan’s 83 counties, and half practice primary care.
- MSUCOM’s Statewide Campus System is one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education consortia. In 2014-15 there were 1,752 physicians-in-training in 224 internship, residency and fellowship programs.
Addressing the Physician Shortage in Michigan
Of MSUCOM’s 5,667 living alumni, more than two-thirds (3,956 or 70 percent) practice in Michigan, and of all alumni more than half (2764 or 49% percent) are providing primary care medicine – family practice, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics. They are active in almost all of Michigan’s counties, in all 50 states, and in other nations, serving people in metropolitan, suburban and rural areas.
Nearly 85 percent of the 319 students who were admitted to MSUCOM in 2016 are Michigan residents. The class is 44 percent female and 56 percent male; the average age is 23, and the youngest is 20 and the oldest 50 years. Average MCAT is 28/504 and GPA is 3.67. Burgeoning recognition of D.O. licensure globally allows the college to recruit internationally. Among the entering class are 19 Canadian students committed to expand the osteopathic profession there. Fully 5,395 persons applied for admission to this class -- a 6 percent acceptance rate.
The college maintains a number of programs to motivate, prepare and educate young people to be competitive for admission to osteopathic medical school or other health professions. Our Future DOcs programs, held in southeast Michigan and Lansing, and our OsteoCHAMPS campus-based summer program, are both directed at bright and committed high school students. The Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program offers a facilitated entry for elite undergraduate students from Michigan State University. Sixty-five students entered OMSP in 2016, bringing the total to 123 students in the program.
One Medical School, Three Neighborhoods
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine teaches its first- and second-year students at three sites to facilitate access and provide a variety of experiences. Two-thirds of these students are on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, and one-third is split fairly evenly between the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township and the Detroit Medical Center downtown.
A Place for Every Student: Clinical and Graduate Medical Education
To provide high-quality pre- and postdoctoral osteopathic medical education, MSUCOM collaborates with 47 hospitals and 31 Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout our Statewide Campus System. In 2014-15, 1,752 physicians-in-training were enrolled in 224 SCS residency and fellowship programs. In 2014, 198 MSUCOM graduates entered SCS programs, and MSUCOM has the highest ratio of graduates to available GME slots among all osteopathic schools.
Of these SCS institutions, 23 are identified as "base hospitals" where our third- and fourth-year students take their clinical rotations. The college now has more than 4,700 osteopathic physicians who have volunteered as clinical faculty to assist in the education of our students.
Developing Clinical Researchers from Bench to Bedside
MSUCOM’s D.O.-Ph.D. program has 51 students enrolled in 2016. These are elite students who spend seven to eight years in both programs simultaneously, and conduct basic science or social science research as part of their curriculum. After graduation, these physician-scientists bridge the gap between basic science or social science (medical anthropology/ bioethics/ epidemiology) and clinical practice in medical schools, universities or major medical research centers. To date, the D.O.-Ph.D. program has produced 43 dual-degree graduates.
MSUCOM has a highly distinguished cadre of researchers among its faculty, including three professors who hold endowed chairs, and five MSU University Distinguished Professors. MSUCOM receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other osteopathic college -– a testament to the quality of our research.
Public Health, Education and Business Degrees
In addition to our osteopathic medicine and joint D.O.-Ph.D. programs, the College of Osteopathic Medicine also offers opportunities for joint D.O.-M.P.H. study (with the MSU College of Human Medicine) and joint D.O.-MBA study (with the MSU College of Business).
Caring for Michigan's Children
MSUCOM faculty are the largest single provider of pediatric care to poor children in the Lansing area, and provide services at the Ingham County Health Department and at clinics serving the homeless, persons with substance abuse problems and the indigent.
Our Global Outreach
MSUCOM is involved in international health programs around the globe. We do malaria research and clinical care in Malawi, including placing that country’s first MRI; psychiatry and neurology research in Malawi; konzo and psychiatry research in Uganda. We maintain a family medicine clinic in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, and have provided a hyperbaric chamber and dialysis machines there. Our students travel each year for education, research and clinical care to Peru and to Guatemala. Through the work of our Institute of International Health, we have developed collaborations, exchanges, medical outreach and research in numerous countries.
Among our alumni are medical school deans, nationally recognized researchers, top-ranking military leaders, persons recognized for their work with the poor and medically underserved, a nationally recognized forensic psychiatrist, sports physicians for collegiate and professional teams, and consultants involved in high-profile medical care.
The college provides widespread primary and specialty health care through MSU HealthTeam, medical services for community organizations, has one of eight designated muscular dystrophy/ ALS clinics in the nation, and conducts numerous health screenings and immunization clinics each year. We also partner with Origami to provide important rehabilitation for patients with head trauma.
Last updated: 6/3/2016
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