Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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. academic degree, and is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
|American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery|
|Motto||"Proud Past, Strong Future"|
|President||Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D|
|Dean||Thomas A. Boyle, D.O.|
Downers Grove, 140 acres (56.7 ha)
|Colors||White and Blue|
Founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Midwestern University is the fourth-oldest medical school currently active in the state of Illinois. In 1995, it opened an additional campus in Glendale, Arizona, namely the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine 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.
Midwestern University trains students to work as part of an inter-disciplinary team and provide integrated, patient-centered care alongside other healthcare practitioners. Midwestern University also confers degrees in Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Psychology, Physician Assistant, and several other master's degree programs.
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. The clinic includes a dental institute, a family practice clinic, speech & language institute, and an optometry clinic.
CCOM was founded in 1900 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.
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.
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. 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. The Science Hall is a 239,000 square foot building which consists of classrooms, more than 100 offices, and 25 laboratories. The Science Hall opened in 2011, and includes a gross anatomy lab, research labs and a clinical simulation lab.
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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.
Residency training is offered in the following disciplines: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine/Osteopathic manipulation, 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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