Mission of ACOM
The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine will provide quality, learner-centered osteopathic education, research, and service, while promoting graduate medical education, with emphasis on patient-centered, team-based primary care to serve the medically underserved areas of Alabama, the Tri-State area and the nation.
Vision of ACOM
The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine will be regionally and nationally recognized for significantly impacting the physician workforce needs and access to quality medical services.
InSPIRED : Integrity | Service | Passion | Innovation | Respect | Excellence | Diversity
In the early 1990s, leaders in Alabama identified the need for more primary care physicians in the state, and in 2005, after years of coordinating activities to accomplish this goal, formed the Alabama Medical Education Consortium (AMEC), a 501(c) organization to help increase the production of these physicians across the state through the osteopathic medical education system. AMEC conducted a feasibility study which demonstrated that more than 60 percent of osteopathic medical students chose primary care careers as compared to 20 percent of allopathic medical students.
Over the next five years, AMEC built an extensive osteopathic teaching network in Alabama to provide third and fourth year training to medical students and created a Physician Pipeline to recruit Alabama students for enrollment in out-of-state osteopathic colleges. This required developing partnerships with 10 out-of-state colleges of osteopathic medicine, 26 state colleges and all state community colleges. In partnership with out-of-state Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, AMEC established an educational infrastructure that represents substantial clinical resources to provide clerkship rotations for Alabama students, as well as students from other states, enrolled in their programs. This educational infrastructure continues to expand and now includes over 1400 physicians based at 31 teaching core sites and numerous educational locations in communities throughout Alabama, Northwest Florida and Southeast Mississippi.
After careful research and examination, AMEC and the Houston County Health Care Authority, the operator of Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC), determined that it would be feasible for the state to develop its own college of osteopathic medicine to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the state. Thus, the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), a non-profit, private institution, was established in May 2010.
ACOM received its Private School licensure from the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education in December 2011, and provisional accreditation with the ability to recruit students from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation on July 1, 2012. Construction on the ACOM building in Dothan was completed in May 2013, and the college celebrated its historic grand opening on July 29, 2013. ACOM’s inaugural class began classes on August 5, 2013 and graduated in May 2017.