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Facts and Figures

Medical Education

Approximately 300 students graduate each year as part of MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine's mission to produce primary care physicians for the state.

42% of graduates from the Class of 2021 are entering primary care.

The college enrolls approximately 1,200 students statewide. Each year, 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. Approximately 600 third- and fourth-year students are in clinical rotations at partner hospitals across the state.

Of our 2021 academic year entering class, nearly 67% are Michigan residents from communities ranging from Detroit and West Michigan to the Upper Peninsula. Our students come from across the United States and from around the globe.

Of our 2021 academic year entering class, 12% of the class are from groups underrepresented in medicine, 37% are persons of color, 18% are first generation college students and 21% are non-traditional students.

8,130 persons applied for admission to the 2021 academic year class -- more than a 22% increase over 2020.

To provide high quality pre- and post-doctoral osteopathic medical education, the college collaborates with 25 hospitals and 3 federally qualified health centers throughout our Statewide Campus System, or SCS.

Match rate for the Class of 2021 was 98%. Our military student match rate was 100%.  Our Canadian student match rate was also 100%.

The college partners with 22 "base hospitals" where our third- and fourth-year students take their clinical rotations. We now have more than 4,000 osteopathic physicians who have volunteered as clinical faculty to assist in the education of our students. 

In 2021, approximately 2,000 physicians-in-training were enrolled in 199 SCS residency and fellowship programs. From the Class of 2020, 48% entered SCS programs, and the college has the highest ratio of graduates to available graduate medical education slots among all osteopathic schools.


Our DO-PhD program has 47 students enrolled in the 2020/2021 academic year. 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, engineering, or social science and clinical practice in medical schools, universities or major medical research centers. To date, the DO-PhD program has produced 60 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.


Our faculty is the largest single provider of pediatric care to underserved children in the Lansing area, and provides services at the Ingham County Health Department and at clinics serving the homeless, persons with substance abuse problems and the indigent.

Our Endowed and Named Chairs include Dean Andrea Amalfitano, Roger C. Haut, Jacek Cholewicki and Terrie E. Taylor. 


More than 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.