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Facts and Figures

Medical Education

More than 300 osteopathic students graduate each year as part of our mission to produce primary care physicians for the state.

More than 1,200 osteopathic students statewide – Each year, more than 400 first- and second-year students are taking classes in East Lansing, and about 100 each at the Detroit Medical Center and Macomb University Center. More than 600 third- and fourth-year students are in clinical rotations at partner hospitals across the state.

Of our 2019 entering class, nearly 80% are Michigan residents from communities ranging from Detroit and West Michigan to the Upper Peninsula. Our students come from across the United States and from around the globe.

15% of the class are from groups underrepresented in medicine; 36% are persons of color; 16% are first generation college students; 19% are non-traditional students.

6,155 persons applied for admission to the 2019 class -- an almost 10% increase over 2018. 

To provide high quality pre- and post-doctoral osteopathic medical education, the college collaborates with 33 hospitals and 2 federally qualified health centers throughout our Statewide Campus System, or SCS.

Match rate for the Class of 2020 was 99%.

Of the SCS institutions, 17 are identified as "base hospitals" where our third- and fourth-year students take their clinical rotations. The college now has more than 4,700 osteopathic physicians who have volunteered as clinical faculty to assist in the education of our students. 

In 2018-19, 2,000 physicians-in-training were enrolled in 199 SCS residency and fellowship programs. In 2018, 159 College of Osteopathic Medicine graduates entered SCS programs, and the college has the highest ratio of graduates to available graduate medical education slots among all osteopathic schools.


Our DO-PhD program has 49 students enrolled in 2019. These are elite students who spend seven to eight years in both programs simultaneously and conduct basic science or social science research as part of their curriculum. After graduation, these physician-scientists bridge the gap between basic science, engineering, or social science and clinical practice in medical schools, universities or major medical research centers. To date, the DO-PhD program has produced 50 dual-degree graduates.

MSUCOM has a highly distinguished cadre of researchers among its faculty, including three professors who hold endowed chairs, and five MSU University Distinguished Professors. MSUCOM receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other osteopathic college -– a testament to the quality of our research.


Our faculty is the largest single provider of pediatric care to underserved children in the Lansing area, and provides services at the Ingham County Health Department and at clinics serving the homeless, persons with substance abuse problems and the indigent.

Our Endowed and Named Chairs include Dean Andrea Amalfitano, Roger C. Haut, Jacek Cholewicki and Terrie E. Taylor. 


More than two-thirds of our graduates stay in the state to practice patient-centered care in almost all of Michigan’s 81 counties, and half practice primary care.