UWF Partnetship with AMEC
Alabama Medical Education Consortium
The goal of AMEC is to train osteopathic physicians who will work in underserved regions of Alabama. Students interested in Family Practice, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology are encouraged to apply. AMEC is a dynamic partnership between The University of West Florida, 20 Alabama Colleges and Universities and 10 Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. AMEC is a clearing house for admissions for qualified graduates from these schools into the osteopathic schools listed below.
AMEC has dedicated
10 slots for qualified UWF students
at partner osteopathic schools
Partner Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine:
- A.T. Still University Mesa College of Osteopathic Medicine
- A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
- Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus
- Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
- West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
- De Busk College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Prospective students apply to the schools of their choice from the above list. AMEC staff will assist interested applicants who wish to apply through the AMEC program. Based on the admission criteria specified by the osteopathic school of medicine to which the student is seeking admission, selection for the program is made by the Admissions committee of AMEC. AMEC endorses qualified applicants, most of whomare accepted by a college of medicine.
Students can be identified early in their UWF career as well, for a fast track admission to medical school. Talk to your UWF pre-professional advisor for more details. The pre-professional advisor at UWF has brochures on AMEC and on a career in osteopathic medicine.
D.O.s and M.D.s are alike in many ways. Both complete 4 years of medical education, engage in internships and residencies that enhance their knowledge and skills in areas of specialization, both may choose to practice in any specialty of medicine, both must pass comparable exams to obtain state licensure, and both practice in accredited and fully licensed health care facilities.
D.O. schools emphasize training students to be primary care physicians. Dos practice a “whole person” approach to medicine, not just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, and includes a strong focus on preventive health care.