Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM)
at Midwestern University
Mid Western University logo.png
Former names
American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Motto "Proud Past, Strong Future"
Type Private non-profit
Established 1900; 117 years ago (1900)
President Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D.
Dean Karen J. Nichols, D.O.
Location Downers Grove, Illinois, U.S.
41°49′39″N 87°59′57″W / 41.8274°N 87.9993°W / 41.8274; -87.9993
Campus Suburban:
Downers Grove, 140 acres (56.7 ha)
Colors Blue and White               
Mascot Midwestern Fighting Geese

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) is a private, non-profit osteopathic medical school located in Downers Grove, Illinois, part of Midwestern University. CCOM grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, and is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

Founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, it is the fourth-oldest medical school currently active in the state of Illinois. In 1995, it opened an additional campus in Glendale, Arizona, becoming the second medical school to teach students in the state of Arizona. Since its founding in 1900, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine has graduated more than 6,000 alumni and accounts for nearly 13 percent of all practicing osteopathic physicians and surgeons in the United States.[1]

Midwestern University operates several clinics, in Glendale, Arizona and in Downers Grove, Illinois. The Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic consists of a five story, 193,000 square foot building, which opened in 2012 at a cost of $112 million.[2][3] The clinic includes a dental institute, a family practice clinic, speech & language institute, and an optometry clinic.[4]

The Downers Grove campus, located on a 156-acre (63.1 ha)[5] site in Downers Grove, is home to over 1,000 students at any time.

The university hosts an annual charity run which benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[6][7]


CCOM was founded in 1900[8] 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.[9]

The Downers Grove, Illinois, Campus was purchased in 1986, and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) moved from its prior home in Hyde Park, Illinois, to this western suburb. Following the relocation of the College, the Board of Trustees voted to begin the development of new academic programs within the health sciences. The Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) began in 1991, the College of Health Sciences (CHS) began in 1992, the College of Dental Medicine - Illinois (CDMI) in 2009, and the Optometry Program in 2014. In 1993, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a single, educational mission for the institution, and Midwestern University emerged. Today the Downers Grove Campus, located on 105 acres, has 20 buildings that include academic classrooms, laboratories, a state-of-the-art library and auditorium building, science building, student commons, recreation center, and student housing. The University also opened the MWU Medical Campus in Spring 2013.[10]

The Downers Grove campus is located on a 105-acre (42.5 ha) site in Downers Grove, Illinois, a suburban area 25 miles west of downtown Chicago.[11] It contains an abundance of green space, wooded areas, and a nature trail, in addition to classrooms, laboratories, a library, an auditorium building, and recreational facilities.[12] The Science Hall is a 239,000 square foot building which consists of classrooms, more than 100 offices, and 25 laboratories.[13] The Science Hall opened in 2011, and includes a gross anatomy lab, research labs and a clinical simulation lab.


The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The medical school is also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. CCOM's curriculum focuses on discipline-based learning - where courses are taught with emphasis on case discussions and clinical correlates. Early clinical exposure are achieved through simulated patients. The Midwestern University Multi-Specialty Clinic provides early clinical contact opportunities and clinical rotation opportunities.

Midwestern University also offers a continuity of medical education from the first year of medical school to the final year of postgraduate training. Midwestern University is affiliated with the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI). Residency programs cover several medical specialties. The curriculum encompasses a multifaceted approach to graduate medical education that focuses on educational excellence. Programs follow the guidelines of and receive accreditation from the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the American Osteopathic Association.[14]

Residency training is offered in the following disciplines: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Diagnostic Radiology, Obstetrics-Gynecology, and Neuromuscular Medicine. Fellowship training through MWU/OPTI is available in Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hematology-Oncology, and Rheumatology.

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  3. ^ Blair-Smith, Jill (July 25, 2013). "Midwestern University Welcomes Community to New Medical Campus". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ "Eye Institute opens at Midwestern University in Downers Grove". My Suburban Life. Shaw Media Digital. January 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Blair Smith, Jill (August 2, 2013). "Midwestern University Hosts Run to Benefit Children". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ "Run beginning at Midwestern University raises $346k for St. Judes". My Suburban Life. Shaw Digital Media. August 12, 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Schools By Year of Inaugural Class" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
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  11. ^ Rhodes, Dawn (July 10, 2014). "Midwestern University expanding Downers Grove campus". Chicago Tribune. 
  12. ^ "Downers Grove, IL Campus". Midwestern University. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  13. ^ "Sciences Hall: Media Facts". Midwestern University. 
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  15. ^ "Clinton E Adams, DO, FACHE". Board of Directors Bio. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Suite. 

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