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SOMA FAST FACTS

  • SOMA is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
  • In addition to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, SOMA students have the option to apply for dual degrees in Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Sciences, or Doctor of Health Education. Click here for more information.
  • SOMA utilizes an innovative Clinical Presentation Curriculum, in which all clinical and basic science content is delivered in the integrated context of 120± 5 possible ways patients present with their health concerns to physicians.
  • In partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, SOMA uses innovative models to prepare service-minded students to meet the health care needs of society by placing them in medically underserved areas for their training.
  • Utilizing a “1+3” model, SOMA students are placed in the clinical setting much earlier than in many other medical schools that utilize a “2+2” model.  During their first year on the Mesa campus, students’ didactic coursework is supplemented with standardized patient interactions, simulations, medical skills, and osteopathic manipulative medicine.  Beginning in year 2, the students begin rotating with preceptors in one of eleven community campuses around the nation.  While didactic instruction continues, patient interaction, professionalism, ethics, preventive medicine, and communication skills are emphasized in years 2-4.
  • As a part of A.T. Still University, SOMA students become members of a community with a rich history of whole-person healthcare, focusing on the influence of body structure on function, on the body’s innate ability to heal itself, and on the connection between the body, mind, and spirit.
  • 100% of SOMA Class of 2011 graduates were selected to participate in a post-doctoral internship or residency program upon completion of their D.O. degrees. 
  • Student profile:
    • Class size:  100
    • Approximate number of applicants per seat: 37
    • Average student age:  26.18
    • Average MCAT:  26.04
    • Average GPA: 3.39
    • Approximately 20% non-science majors

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