Don’t forget the osteopaths
Your magazine does its readers a disservice when it ignores the fastest-growing sector of the medical profession, osteopathic medicine. In the Aug. 22 issue of Modern Healthcare (p. 32), you display a chart listing the largest medical schools ranked by total active enrollment for the 2010-11 school year. The list shows only the allopathic, M.D. schools and ignores the 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), with 34 locations in 25 states.
For 2010-11, these 26 colleges enrolled 20% of all medical students—more than 19,000 future physicians. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine had the largest enrollment of any medical school in the country— 1,836—surpassing the 1,409 at the University of Illinois in your chart. The college enrolled 542 first-year medical students for 2010-11. We received 8,487 applications for medical school in 2010-11 to fill spots. In 2011, we graduated 387 doctors of osteopathic medicine. With the addition of a third LECOM campus, enrollment has grown by 30% since the class of 2011 enrolled.
Colleges of osteopathic medicine are graduating more and more students each year. More than 4,000 new osteopathic physicians enter the workforce each year. The nation’s approximately 63,000 fully licensed osteopathic physicians practice the entire scope of modern medicine, bringing a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating illness and injury.
Osteopathic physicians can choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries and practice medicine anywhere in the U.S. They bring the additional benefits of osteopathic manipulative techniques to diagnose and treat patient, and they work in partnership with patients to help them achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education, injury prevention and disease prevention.
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, LECOM School of Dental Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pa.; Greensburg, Pa.; and Bradenton, Fla., LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Pierre Bellicini Director of communications, marketing Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine