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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.
About Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Flyer
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine National ShaDO Week (shadow an osteopathic medical student), April 14-18, 2014
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Becoming a DO
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS) (for sophomores and juniors interested in osteopathic medicine)
Differences Between Osteopathic Medicine and Allopathic Medicine
History of Osteopathic Medicine
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 Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine: Optimizing Patient-focused Health Care Article
Osteopathic Physician Interview
Osteopathic Physician Overview
Osteopathic Premed FAQ
Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
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 Recruitment Events
Osteopathic Medical College Information Book
Osteopathic Medical Schools
Osteopathic Financial Aid and Scholarships

APPLICATION SERVICE

AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
Application Deadlines
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.