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Osteopathic Medicine

DESCRIPTION

Osteopathic medicine was developed as a method of treatment emphasizing the musculoskeletal system, the patient's potential for self-healing, and a concern for the patient as a complete entity. DOs diagnose and treat human diseases and injuries, and practice preventive medicine, sometimes combined with research and/or teaching.
A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students
A Brief History of Osteopathic Medicine
About Osteopathic Medicine
Accelerated PA to DO Program
Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway at LECOM
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions Tours Schedule
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House Schedule
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Annual Conference, April 18-21, 2018
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Financial Aid Modules
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Flyer
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Reports on Applicants; Reports on Matriculants; Reports on Student Enrollment; Special Reports
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
As DO Medical Schools Expand, Applicants Have More Choices
AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine Open House, November 11, 2017
Become an Osteopathic Physician
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Healthcare Professionals Readiness and Enrichment Program (H-PREP)
CSFAA Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS)
Differences Between Osteopathic Medicine and Allopathic Medicine
Diversity in Osteopathic Medical Education
DO Student Profiles
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus Fall Open House, November 10, 2017
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus Fall Open House, November 11, 2017
Evolution of Osteopathic Medical Education Infographic
Graphic Illustrating the Similarities and Differences Between MD and DO Programs
How to Decide Between an MD and a DO Degree
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House Schedule
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Pre-SOMA COMference, October 21, 2017
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Fall Open House, November 11, 2017; November 17, 2017; November 18, 2017
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine Fall Open House, November 18, 2017
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions Tours
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House, November 11, 2017
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine SUPER (Summer Undergraduate Physician-scientist-training Education and Research) Program
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University Pre-SOMA Conference, November 11, 2017
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine Visit and Campus Tour Schedule
Ohio U. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Scholars Program
Ohio U. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Osteopathic Financial Aid and Scholarships
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: Optimizing Patient-focused Health Care Article
Osteopathic Medical College Applicant and Matriculant Profile
Osteopathic Medical Student Profiles
Osteopathic Medicine in Practice
Osteopathic Physician Interview
Osteopathic Physician Overview
Osteopathic Premed FAQ
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Graduate Programs Open House, October 27, 2017
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House, November 10, 2017
Rising Need for Primary Care Fuels DO Degree Growth
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Colorado Campus Tour and Transcript Review Day, October 19, 2017
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House, December 1, 2017
Shadowing a DO and Learning About the Practice of Osteopathic Medicine
Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program
Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA); SOMA Foundation Scholarships; SOMA Resources for Premedical Students
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Fall Open House, November 18, 2017
Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine Preview Day, November 18, 2017
What Is a DO?
What Is the Difference Between a DO and an MD Degree? (click on "FAQ's Other")
(Additional osteopathy links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)

DEGREE

D.O.

PROGRAM LENGTH

4 years, plus additional training (1-7 years).

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS' ORGANIZATION

AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)
AACOM Recruiting Events
Osteopathic Medical College Information Book
Osteopathic Medical Schools
U.S. Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

APPLICATION SERVICE

AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
AACOMAS Facebook
AACOMAS PreMed Twitter
Application Fee Waiver

ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

One year each: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Math (through calculus), Physics, English.
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. osteopathic medical school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.

ADMISSION EXAM

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCES

Similar to allopathic medicine. Also a knowledge and commitment to the DO's traditional concern for the whole person and a "holistic" approach to the practice of medicine in general.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.