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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
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Open Houses, August 20 and November 11, 2016; February 11 and May 5, 2017
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Annual Conference, April 26-29, 2017
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); Annual Conference, September 17-20, 2016
As DO Medical Schools Expand, Applicants Have More Choices
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
DO Student Profiles
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
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine SUPER (Summer Undergraduate Physician-scientist-training Education and Research) Program
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
Rising Need for Primary Care Fuels DO Degree Growth
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
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.