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"The difference between osteopathic medical education and MD or allopathic medical education is in osteopathic medicine, we concentrate more on emphasizing the neural muscular-skeletal system. In addition, we train our graduates to use their hands to diagnose, to treat, and to communicate caring to the patient." 

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, President, proposed Maryland school of Osteopathic Medicine at Morgan State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do you anticipate convening your first class of students?
The first class will be welcomed on campus in the Fall of 2024

When will the school gain its full accreditation?

The proposed school will be fully accredited after the graduation of its first class of students in 2027.

What is Osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a "whole" approach to medicine treating the entire person rather than just the symptoms. With a focus on preventive health care, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illnesses but help prevent them.

What is MDCOM?

The Proposed Maryland College of Osteopathic Medicine is a developing medical school that will be located on the grounds of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. We are committed to human centered care that will contribute to diminishing the significant and long-standing physician shortage in the state and region. 

What is the difference between allopathic and osteopathic medicine?

There are two primary types of medical practice: allopathic and osteopathic. Allopathy is a medical philosophy that emphasizes the treatment of illnesses with medication and relies on diagnoses through testing and procedures like blood tests and X-rays. Osteopathic medicine takes a holistic perspective based on a belief in treating the “whole patient” and not just the symptom itself.

What are allopathic and osteopathic doctors called?

Osteopathic physicians are also known as DOs while Allopathic physicians are regarded as MDs.

What’s the difference in the training between osteopathic medicine and allopathic medicine?

Osteopathic physicians are also known as DOs while allopathic physicians are regarded as MDs. What’s the difference between the training required for osteopathic medicine versus allopathic medicine? The curriculum for both schools are similar. State licensing agencies and most hospitals regard the degrees as equivalent. In other words, osteopathic doctors are legally and professionally equivalent to allopathic doctors. The important difference between the two types of training is that schools whose focus is primarily on osteopathic medicine take a holistic approach toward medicine. On the other hand, D.O. recipients, schools whose focus is primarily allopathic medicine, emphasize prevention through science-based modern medicine.

How to contact MDCOM?

The proposed Maryland College of Osteopathic Medicine at Morgan State University is located on the Campus of Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane Truth Hall room. 409, Baltimore, Maryland 21251.

To request more information about MDCOM contact, Terry Jefferson, Admin 443-885-2204(desk) or

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