Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Below are some important resources for you to explore in learning about the field of osteopathic medicine.
- A Brief 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.
- The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)’s official website addresses how D.O. students are particularly well-prepared to meet the 21st century’s health care needs.
- When applying to osteopathic medical schools, you will use the AACOMAS, which is the centralized application for D.O. programs.
- Finally, don’t forget to download the Student Guide to Osteopathic Medical Colleges for information on the application process.
Just like their allopathic counterparts, osteopathic medical schools are looking for applicants to possess academic excellence, strong interpersonal skills, leadership, commitment to service, and clinical experience. Admission to osteopathic medical school is competitive and selective, and osteopathic medicine should not be seen as a “fallback” for applicants who are not competitive for M.D. programs. For students matriculating in 2018, consider the following statistics:
- Mean cumulative GPA: 3.54
- Mean cumulative science/math GPA: 3.43
- Mean MCAT: 503.8
Dual Degree Programs for Osteopathic Students
The vast majority of osteopathic medical schools have dual degree programs. For an excellent overview of these programs, visit the Choose DO: Dual Degree Programs page.
Shadowing an Osteopathic Physician
It is important to demonstrate a clear motivation for pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine, and osteopathic medical schools encourage applicants to explore the profession by shadowing an osteopathic physician. Many D.O. programs even require applicants to submit a letter of evaluation from an osteopath as part of the application process. Shadowing an osteopathic physician should position you well to obtain a letter from that doctor in support of your application.
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 to find a D.O. near your home)
- Johns Hopkins Medicine – Find a Doctor (type in “D.O.”)