Medical Education

For Prospective Students

AACOM's College Information Book (CIB) is the official publication for prospective applicants, students, pre-health advisors and others interested in gaining information about or applying to the nation's osteopathic medical colleges. The CIB includes  updated admission requirements, tuition, fees, deposits, important deadlines and special programs at each of the nation's osteopathic medical colleges. Order the CIB or download it for free.


Centers of Osteopathic Research and Education

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The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) system is an integrated statewide medical education consortium formed by affiliations between OU-HCOM and teaching hospitals in Ohio, as well as other colleges of osteopathic medicine nationwide. This infrastructure supports and promotes excellence in the continuum of osteopathic medical education that begins with matriculation at an osteopathic medical school and extends through residency training and beyond into continuing medical education. All CORE partners are linked via real-time videoconferencing and distance learning technologyas well as global, interactive, online Internet access. Click here for more information about the nation's first accredited Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI).



AOA Opportunities Guide

The AOA Opportunities Guide is the only website dedicated to Osteopathic Medical Internships and Residencies.  If you are an osteopathic medical student, intern or resident, hospital or other agency/organization looking for program information -- Start Your Search.




Match Process

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The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is an online program that transmits residency, fellowship and osteopathic internship applications, letters of recommendations, medical school transcripts, USMLE transcripts, COMLEX transcripts, and other supporting credentials for internship and residency program applications.



AOA Match Process

The AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program is a matching program that places students into osteopathic internship and residency training positions in the United States.

The Intern/Resident Registration Program (the "Match") is sponsored and supervised by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).  The Match is administered on behalf of the AOA by National Matching Service .

The Match provides an orderly process to help students obtain positions of their choice, and to help programs obtain students of their choice. Similar matching programs are also in use in other professions, including allopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology and law.

With the Match, students must still apply directly to programs they are interested in, and students and programs interview and evaluate each other independently of the Match.  However, no offers are made by programs before or during the interview period. Students and programs can evaluate each other fully before the programs must decide on their preferences for students, and before students must decide on their preferences for programs.  After all interviews are completed, each student submits a Rank Order List on which the student lists the desired programs, in numerical order of the student's preference (first choice, second choice, etc.).  Similarly, each program submits a Rank Order List on which the program lists the desirable students, in order of the program's preference. Each program also indicates the number of positions the program has available.

The Match then places individuals into positions based entirely on the preferences stated in the Rank Order Lists. The result of the Match is that each student is placed with the most preferred program on the student's Rank Order List that ranks the student and does not fill all its positions with more preferred students.  Similarly, each program is matched with the most preferred students on its list, up to the number of positions available, who rank the program and who do not receive positions at programs they prefer.

CLICK HERE for more information on the AOA Match program.