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Osteopathic Medical Specialties (OMS) In the News: Continued

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Mary J. Hughes, D.O. Chairperson and Professor, osteopathic Medical Specialties.

Benjamin A. Field, D.O., FACOEP Mentor of the Year Award: Mary J. Hughes, D.O., Chairperson and Professor, Osteopathic Medical Specialties from the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians

 Quick Facts

  • The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has a solid reputation for educating primary care physicians. It works to prepare students to pursue careers in numerous medical specialties, and offers opportunities for dual degrees through the D.O.-Ph.D. program, the D.O.-MBA and the D.O.-MPH.
  • 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 2019 entering class, nearly 80% 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 81 counties, and half practice primary care.
  • MSUCOM’s Statewide Campus System is one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education consortia.  In 2018-2019, there were 2,000 physicians-in-training in 199 internship, residency and fellowship programs. 
What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical care founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health. This philosophy was developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who pioneered the concept of "wellness" and recognized the importance of treating illness within the context of the whole body.
Mission Statement
Preparing physicians in the science of medicine, the art of caring and the power of touch with a world view open to all people.
Vision Statement
To provide world class osteopathic medical education, student service, and research to foster community engagement and patient-centered medical care.