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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 Osteopathic Association (AOA)
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona Student DO Days, November 17, December 5, 2014; January 23, February 20, March 27, April 17, 2015
Becoming a DO
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine Fall Open House, October 31, 2014
Des Moines University Discover DMU Day, November 5, 2014 and April 10, 2015 (info on DO program)
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
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Fall Open House, Carolina Campus, November 8, 2014; Virginia Campus, November 15, 2014
History of Osteopathic Medicine
How to Decide Between an MD and a DO Degree
Joining the Osteopathic Family
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, FL Campus, Open House, November 1, 2014; Erie, PA Campus, Open House, November 7, 2014; LECOM at Seton Hill, Greensburg, PA Campus, Open House, November 7, 2014
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine ShaDO Day, November 6, 2014
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 Manipulative Medicine: Optimizing Patient-focused Health Care Article
Osteopathic Physician Interview
Osteopathic Physician Overview
Osteopathic Premed FAQ
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus, Open House, November 14, 2014
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House, November 18, 2014
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Campus Tours, November 10 and December 12, 2014
Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Open House, November 1, 2014
Western University of Health Sciences Preview Day, November 22, 2014
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
U.S. Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

APPLICATION SERVICE

AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
AACOMAS Information and Resources
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.