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Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Founded in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still, DO, A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) is the first institution of osteopathic education in the world and continues to lead in comprehensive medical education, research, and healthcare. ATSU-KCOM has grown over its more than 120-year history to accommodate the increasing demands of 21st-century medical education, and it has evolved into a leading university of health sciences comprised of two colleges and four schools spanning two campuses and online education.

ATSU-KCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree and the master of science degree in biomedical sciences. Our osteopathic medical students receive a comprehensive medical education, which integrates access to the latest technology and clinical experiences, and offers students learning opportunities using human patient simulation, ultrasound lab, and simulated patient encounters.

The curriculum at ATSU-KCOM is systems-based, patient-oriented, and incorporates multiple innovative learning models. The first year begins with foundations of medicine, which is a semester of orientation to all of the sciences supporting clinical medicine. The curriculum then moves to a patient-centered systems model in which all student learning is clinically contextualized and evidenced based.

The Complete DOctor, an ATSU-KCOM specific course, incorporates early clinical experiences with didactic study in physical exam skills, cultural diversity, communication skills, spirituality in medicine, medical law, and ethics. Courses in the first two years prepare the student for the curriculum expected during the clinical rotation experience. Clinical curriculum, including didactics, labs, workshops, and osteopathic manipulative medicine, is delivered to students in regional sites during the third and fourth years.

Students participate in clinical rotations in one of ATSU-KCOM's regional education sites across the nation in years three and four; those sites are located in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah. Our graduates are selected to many prestigious residency programs across the nation, including Yale, Johns Hopkins University, Genesys Regional Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, and Cleveland Clinic Foundation. With an emphasis in primary care and rural health, our graduates enter family practice, as well as a variety of specialties such as anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, diagnostic radiology, and surgery.

ATSU-KCOM graduates represent a diverse group of osteopathic physicians practicing in every state and several foreign countries. They span all medical specialties and subspecialties and comprise approximately a quarter of all practicing osteopathic physicians.


800 West Jefferson
Kirksville, MO 63501-1497
Phone: 660 626-2354