ACOM Graduates its Inaugural Class

DOTHAN, Ala. – May 15, 2017 – The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) is pleased to announce the graduation of its inaugural class, held Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Dothan Civic Center. More than 1,200 people from across the U.S. and the world attended this historic occasion, which represents the culmination of efforts to graduate osteopathic physicians to serve in primary care across the Wiregrass, state of Alabama and beyond. This ceremony marked the achievements of ACOM’s inaugural class, through the completion of four years of medical school training to become osteopathic physicians. Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS, Dean and Professor of Internal Medicine at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, delivered the inaugural Commencement Address, focusing on the importance of remembering the importance of this journey.

During the ceremony, ACOM conferred the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and students received academic hoods with the dark green color, representing the field of medicine. Students were hooded by faculty and designated guest hooders. Following the hooding, students collectively took the Osteopathic Oath. In addition to the student conferrals, ACOM bestowed two honorary doctorates and one professor emeritus status. ACOM’s inaugural class will now enter residency training, with 100 percent of its graduates achieving a residency spot. Approximately 69 percent of these students matched into primary care disciplines, which include family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, and pediatrics.