Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
|Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM)|
Glendale, 140 acres (56.7 ha)
|Former names||American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery|
|Colors||blue and white|
AZCOM was established in 1995 when the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of land and the building of a new campus. The campus has seen rapid growth. Today, the Glendale Campus is on 135 acres and includes academic buildings, laboratory facilities, student housing, and an on-campus osteopathic clinic. The first class of osteopathic medical students began classes on September 30, 1996 and graduated on June 4, 2000. AZCOM received accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation following this.
AZCOM has developed partnerships with more than 2,000 physicians at major metropolitan health centers and specialized private practices throughout the State of Arizona and U.S to provide clinical rotations for students during their third and fourth years.
AZCOM has established new postdoctoral programs in primary care disciplines through its Arizona Graduate Medical Education Consortium. Internship and residency programs are offered at several hospitals throughout Arizona.
AZCOM has graduated nine classes of osteopathic physicians, increasing the number of primary care providers in Arizona and strengthening one of the state's primary economic clusters in the Arizona Strategic Plan for Economic Development.
More than 200 of AZCOM's 1,098 alumni currently practice in Arizona.
AZCOM was founded in 1995 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery by J. Martin Littlejohn, Ph.D., D.O., M.D. (1865-1947). The school was incorporated as a non-profit in Chicago, Illinois, to train physicians. It was the fourth osteopathic medical school to open in the United States.
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