Medical Education

2014 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB) Now Available

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.


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.

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.

Mentoring Program

The OOA and AOA strongly believe that mentoring is an essential component of the learning experience for students, interns, residents and young practitioners, and it also enhances the understanding of the mentors in their exchanges with mentees in understanding the issues they face. Most importantly, mentoring is intended to provide participants in the program with the support and guidance that they seek to become physicians who are dedicated to the goals of the osteopathic medical profession. Since osteopathic medicine places its emphasis on treating patients, not symptoms, both the OOA and AOA believe the mentees in the program become physicians who are first and foremost dedicated to the importance of quality health care and the patient/physician relationship.

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign-up for the AOA Mentoring Program.