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Educating and training compassionate osteopathic physicians.

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Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) is to educate and train compassionate osteopathic physicians, skilled in the science of patient-centered osteopathic medical care, dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the osteopathic profession, committed to lifelong learning, and focused on service to the underserved. This mission will be accomplished at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels through excellence in teaching, research, service, and scholarly activity.

Live & Learn

in the Natural State

Our 102,000 square-foot facility is located in Fort Smith, the second largest city in Arkansas.
Situated on 228 acres, the building features state-of-the-art technology in a scenic, natural setting.
Spend time in one of our outdoor study spaces or take a break and enjoy the natural state on one of the nearby biking and hiking trails.

The ARCOM Difference

Curriculum

The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine utilizes an innovative “helix” curriculum comprised of lecture, team-based, and interactive learning strategies. Courses are integrated across all biomedical science courses each semester using a systems-based approach. Each turn of the helix revisits biomedical concepts learned from the previous semester and applies this newly acquired knowledge in order to understand more complex system interactions. The majority of the courses include a team-based learning component in which the students apply their knowledge in solving case-based problem scenarios. This type of educational tool has been shown to be particularly successful in keeping students engaged in their own learning while building critical thinking skills, team interaction, and medical professionalism.

Student Success

ARCOM is focused on student success directed towards the development of competent, caring, and compassionate physicians who seek to serve the underserved. The entirety of the educational experience at ARCOM supports and encourages students to develop a pattern of individual responsibility and capacity for life-long learning and growth as competent, patient-centered, holistic osteopathic physicians.

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Admission Requirements

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Doctors that Do

ARCOM Student Doctors

ARCOM student doctors are doctors that DO! Whether it’s volunteering in the community or exploring the great state of Arkansas, our students are active and engaged.

News & Events

ARCOM announces student award winners

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty recently selected the Basic Science Student of the Year Award based on their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and professionalism.

ARCOM welcomes third class of medical students

Fort Smith just got a brand new batch of soon-to-be doctors. The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed its third class of students this week. The students will study in the area four years before beginning their residencies.

CHI, ARCOM partner on new med residency program

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith have partnered on a new medical education residency program. Twenty-one medical students from ARCOM will become the hospital’s first Graduate Medical Education residents in a new program to train the future physicians of southwest Arkansas, a news release said.

Research projects continue at ARCOM in Fort Smith

While most students from the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine take advantage of their summer break to vacation and visit family, many students and faculty have been hard at work in the Biomedical Research Laboratory Suite.

Research projects continue at ARCOM in Fort Smith

While most students from the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine take advantage of their summer break to vacation and visit family, many students and faculty have been hard at work in the Biomedical Research Laboratory Suite.

Fort Smith Girl Scout partners with school district for ‘STEM Sisters’ conference

Seventh-grade girls had an opportunity this week to participate in the STEM Sisters Conference, hosted by Fort Smith Public Schools and local Girl Scout Mattie McLellan…They also toured local facilities, such as the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and 188th Air National Guard Unit, and heard from numerous speakers.

Local flooding: ‘It’s all hands on deck’

Volunteer efforts have been in full swing since it was announced Fort Smith and surrounding areas were expected to experience historic flooding, and they show no signs of slowing down.

County Line Science Olympiad to compete in Nationals

“My students have worked extremely hard this year. They have attended tutoring sessions on Saturdays at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith, they meet and study after school weekly (sometimes 3-4 days a week) as well as at home on their own time.”

Brian G. Kim Named President of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education

Brian G. Kim was named president of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education where he will be in charge of day-to-day operations and oversee academics for the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was vice president for the Department of Accreditation and associate general counsel for the American Osteopathic Association.

ARCOM hosts first student research symposium, expands medical partnerships

Students from the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Arkansas at Fort Smith participated Wednesday in the medical school’s first Student Osteopathic Medical Association research symposium.