Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Getting Started

Below are some important resources for you to explore in learning about the field of osteopathic medicine.

A Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students

A comprehensive guide to osteopathic medicine, For Students By Students, was written by osteopathic medical students to help students understand osteopathic medicine and the path to becoming an osteopathic physician.

Osteopathic Medical Student Profiles

Read some inspiring Osteopathic Medical Student Profiles, all who completed all their pre-medical coursework, took the MCAT, volunteered, shadowed a DO, and successfully applied to medical school.

AACOM’s Comprehensive Webpage

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s official website for aspiring DO students is Become an Osteopathic Physician, addressing how DO students are being particularly well prepared to meet the 21st century’s health care needs. Also check out AACOM’s new “D.O. More” campaign. Finally, don’t forget to download the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book.

Admission Requirements

Admission to osteopathic medical schools is quite competitive. For students matriculating in 2017, consider the follow stats:

  • Mean age of matriculants: 24
  • 3.61 = mean cumulative GPA of 2017 applicants
  • 3.58 = mean cumulative math/science GPA of 2017 applicants
  • 502= median MCAT of 2017 applicants

Dual Degree Programs for Osteopathic Students

The vast majority of osteopathic medical schools have dual degree programs. For an excellent overview of these programs, go to: DO Dual Degree

Shadowing an Osteopathic Physician

Just like their allopathic counterparts, osteopathic medical schools are looking for applicants to possess personal qualities that demonstrate good communication, strong interpersonal skills, leadership, commitment to service, and clinical experience. It is also important to shadow an osteopathic doctor as well as have a clear motivation for pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine. Here are some useful resources:

The American Association of Osteopathic Medicine
The Maryland Association of Osteopathic Physicians
The American Osteopathic Association (see their DO search feature! Great for shadowing a DO near your home)
Johns Hopkins Medicine – Find a Doctor (type in “D.O.”)