Enrollment rising at osteopathic medical colleges

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 11, 2011

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The number of physicians graduating from the nation's 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine continues to rise. But unlike allopathic schools, which attribute most of their growth to expansion of existing schools, osteopathic schools say most of their growth is from schools that have opened during the past decade, said the American Assn. of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (link).

Osteopathic medical colleges had about 4,200 graduates this spring, up 15.7% from 3,631 in spring 2010.

Three new colleges graduated their first classes in May and June. A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz., graduated its inaugural class of 92 students. Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn., graduated 130 students. And Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City graduated 105 students.

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