TCOM 2022 Residency Placement
In 2022, TCOM was named the top osteopathic medical school in the nation for primary care by U.S. News & World Report. More than 60% of TCOM graduates practice primary care medicine, helping reduce the shortage of physicians in our Texas communities. Many others successfully practice in specialty careers ranging from aerospace medicine to cardiovascular surgery.
From the first semester, students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program are placed in one of our primary care clinics to directly experience community health care and related issues. Students will continue the clinical phase of their medical education with core rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics.
TCOM excels through its innovative medical school curriculum, cutting-edge research, quality patient care and outstanding student performance in both the classroom and in the clinics. Whether they are the only doctor serving a rural community or a specialist at a major medical center, TCOM graduates distinguish themselves as clinical leaders, teachers and scholars.
Dr. Frank Filipetto, DO, and Dean of TCOM
is the Everett Endowed Professor of Family Medicine and Dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Dr. Filipetto oversees all aspects of medical education and the osteopathic training of more than 900 medical students. He works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to execute TCOM’s strategic initiatives and goals. Under Dr. Filipetto’s leadership, TCOM earned a 10-year Accreditation with Exceptional Outcome, the highest level of accreditation given by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. The college also integrated the nation’s first patient safety course into the Health System Science Curriculum that will give every graduate an international certification in patient safety. Prior to being named Dean in 2019, Dr. Filipetto served as the school’s Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, then as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
TCOM offers a four-year curriculum leading to a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The curriculum is an innovative model designed to train future osteopathic physicians by developing the necessary cognitive and clinical skills to be effective in patient care settings. The TCOM Class of 2022 earned the highest score in the nation on the COMLEX-USA Level 1 national board exam for future osteopathic physicians. The score is the highest among all osteopathic medical schools across the country and the third time in the last four years TCOM has ranked first. In 2022, TCOM was named the top osteopathic medical school in the nation for primary care by U.S. News & World Report.
Students enrolled in the DO program may also pursue a Master of Public Health dual degree program through HSC’s School of Public Health. Courses may be taken concurrently so that students may complete both degrees by graduation. The MPH degree gives TCOM students specialized training in the social, psychological and biomedical approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy (DO/MS or DO/PhD) Dual Degree Programs
Students enrolled in the DO program may pursue a research-focused degree through HSC’s School of Biomedical Sciences. Students can pursue research in a number of science disciplines. The dual PhD program requires an additional two to three years of intensive study to complete both degrees.
The Rural Osteopathic Medical Education Program offers a specific curriculum for those who have an interest in pursuing a medical career in a rural community. The rural program requires additional course work in relevant topics related to practice in rural settings. During years three and four, students will also complete a number of clinical rotations in rural communities across Texas.
The ROME program at HSC Fort Worth is an innovative educational program designed to prepare students for life and practice in a rural and underserved community. Admission to the program begins during the first semester of the first year. This rural medicine curriculum includes academic activities and clinical experiences that will continue throughout all four years of their medical education.
The Primary Care Pathway Program is a unique“2+1+4” pathway, which leads to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The goal of the PCPP is to increase the number of primary care physicians in the Midland-Odessa region through an expedited pipeline from community college though medical school. Partners for this program are Midland Community College, Midland Memorial Hospital, University of North Texas (Denton campus) and HSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.