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  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Dothan
The Basics

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

19342

Overall, how satisfied are you with this program?

8 out of 10

What do you like most?

"How noncompetitive the learning environment is. We often share personally created study guides or resources. Willing to meet up before practicals to study together. I wasn’t expecting to see how helpful and willing people are to help their fellow classmates." Report Response

What do you like least?

"Currently very few physician practicing OMT in AL and only a select few of the clinical sites have residency programs you can rotate at." Report Response

The Details

Does the student body seem cooperative or competitive?

10 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for underrepresented minorities?

6 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

5 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for married students?

9 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for students with disabilities?

10 out of 10

Does the environment seem supportive for older/non-traditional students?

10 out of 10

Do you/did you feel well prepared for your board exams?

7 out of 10

How approachable are faculty members?

9 out of 10

What are the facilities and clinics like (old/new, well maintained, etc.)?

"Brand new school with very extensive simulation lab and OSCE training. Very well-maintained with multiple areas to study including group study rooms, library, or auditorium." Report Response

How do students from this program do after graduation - are they adequately prepared for practice?

"Overall, we tend to have more primary care physicians, but students match into all specialities (ortho, derm, optho, etc). ACOM Alumni residents have a good reputation at all of the residencies I interviewed at and said they felt prepared and well-adjusted for residency." Report Response

What are rotations like?

"There are ~20 different clinical sites in all of AL and northern Florida. Most are community hospitals where you typically work one-on-one with preceptors in almost any speciality you desire. My preceptors have been wonderful and after comparing notes with other students, I’ve had multiple opportunities typically unheard of for a medical student or even resident to do. You also have lots of flexibility if you want to do a specific rotation at another core site." Report Response

How do students from this program do in the Match?

"Very high match rate. The school tries to identify someone who might be a “high risk” based on speciality, board scores, etc and ensures you are applying strategically while also supporting a “back-up” plan just incase to decrease your risk of having to SOAP." Report Response

Any other information you want to share?

"Overall, I really enjoyed my time at ACOM. Dothan is a smaller town, but having a limited number of distractions in town greatly impacted my success during pre-clinical years. You will only live there 2 years before you move to another city- bigger or smaller depending on what you prefer. Most students live in the apartment complex adjacent to the school and walk to class together, but many students bought/rented affordable houses close by. Majority of the class would go out to celebrate after exams and often take weekend trips together to the beach, ATL, Bham, etc. Also ACOM is supportive of minorities and LGBTQ community, but for clinical years, you’ll find some cities in AL/FL are more supportive than others. I think ACOM does a great job of having a good community with caring faculty and staff." Report Response

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