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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.

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)
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
Deciding Between an MD and a DO Degree
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS)
Differences and Similarities Between MD and DO Programs
Difference Between a DO and an MD Degree (click on "FAQ's Other")
Differences Between Osteopathic Medicine and Allopathic Medicine
Diversity in Osteopathic Medical Education
DO Career
DO Degree Growth Fueled by Rising Need for Primary Care
DO Medical Schools Expand, Giving Applicants More Choices
DO Student Profiles
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Tour and Open House Schedule
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus Open House, June 7, 2019; LECOM Seton Hill Campus Open House, June 21, 2019; LECOM Open House, June 28, 2019
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
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State Information Session and Campus Tour, June 10, 2019
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Long Island Information Session and Campus Tour, June 14, 2019; June 26, 2019
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 Education Infographic
Osteopathic Medical School Recruiting Events
Osteopathic Medical School Timeline
Osteopathic Medical Student Profiles
Osteopathic Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine Guide
Osteopathic Medicine History
Osteopathic Medicine in Practice
Osteopathic Physician Interview
Osteopathic Physician Overview
Osteopathic Premed FAQ
Osteopathic State Associations
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Transcript Review Workshop and Informational Tour, May 23, 2019; June 4, 2019; June 17, 2019
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 House Schedule
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine Campus Tour, June 7, 2019; Information Session and Campus Tour, June 11, 2019; Online Information Session, June 27, 2019; Campus Tour, June 28, 2019; Campus Tour, July 8, 2019; Online Information Session, July 10, 2019; Campus Tour; July 17, 2019; Preview Day, July 20, 2019
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Mini Open House, June 10, 2019; July 15, 2019
(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 Application Instructions; Application Deadlines
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.