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Acad Med. 2009 Jun;84(6):701-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a4049e.

The transformation of osteopathic medical education.

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Department of Social Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, Ohio 45701, USA. gevitz@ohio.edu

Abstract

Osteopathic medical schools and hospital-based postgraduate programs have long constituted small but important sources of physicians and surgeons, particularly for traditionally underserved areas of the United States. Though frequently marginalized in or even left out of standard histories and studies of U.S. medical education, these institutions have become much more difficult to ignore, given the rapid expansion of the number of osteopathic medical students in new and existing colleges and the size of their classes. By 2019, upwards of 25% of all U.S. medical school graduates produced annually will be doctors of osteopathic medicine. The author examines the process through which osteopathy was transformed into osteopathic medicine, how osteopathic medical schools achieved their present status as a significant source of U.S. graduates for residency training, and what challenges osteopathic medical education now faces.

PMID:
19474540
DOI:
10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181a4049e
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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