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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.
A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students
A Brief History of Osteopathic Medicine
About Osteopathic Medicine
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Open Houses, August 8 and November 6, 2015; February 2 and May 6, 2016
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Flyer
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Health Professions Recruitment Fair and Workshops, April 9, 2016
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Becoming a DO
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Healthcare Professionals Readiness and Enrichment Program (H-PREP)
CSFAA Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students
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
DO Student Profiles
Evolution of Osteopathic Medical Education Infographic
History of Osteopathic Medicine
How to Decide Between an MD and a DO Degree
Joining the Osteopathic Family
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 Medical Student Profiles
Osteopathic Physician Interview
Osteopathic Physician Overview
Osteopathic Premed FAQ
Shadowing a DO and Learning About the Practice of Osteopathic Medicine
Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program
Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House Schedule
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.