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Osteopathic Medicine


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
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
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) Applicant Profile Reports; Matriculant Reports; Student Enrollment Reports; Special Reports
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
As DO Medical Schools Expand, Applicants Have More Choices
Become an Osteopathic Physician
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Ransdell Family Health Professions Readiness and Enrichment Program (HPREP)
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
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
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions Tours
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 Schools Online Career Fair, January 17, 2019
Osteopathic Medical School Timeline
Osteopathic Medical Student Profiles
Osteopathic Medicine in Practice
Osteopathic Physician Interview
Osteopathic Physician Overview
Osteopathic Premed FAQ
Osteopathic State Associations
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
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Open Houses
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.)




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


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


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


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.


MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)


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.


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