ACOG Iterates the Value and Equivalence of Osteopathic Medical Training and Licensing Examination

October 02, 2023 1:22 PM | Anonymous

From The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) values and acknowledges the education and expertise of physicians who receive doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees. Osteopathic medical training is equivalent in scientific rigor to allopathic training and prepares physicians to provide full-scale medical care to patients. In obstetrics and gynecology, roughly one-sixth of obstetrics and gynecology residency applicants have training in osteopathic medicine. These physicians represent a robust and growing cohort of our community and play a critical role in meeting obstetric and gynecologic health care needs.

ACOG strongly believes that trainees who receive doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees should not face unfair obstacles when applying to obstetrics and gynecology residency programs. ACOG encourages all obstetrics and gynecology residency programs to accept the results of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States, also known as COMLEX-USA, and not require or pressure applicants with DO degrees to take additional licensing exams, disproportionately burdening them compared with allopathically trained applicants.

Find tools to assist residency program directors in using COMLEX-USA as part of holistic review for DO applicants.

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