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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.
|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
|AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
AACOMAS Information and Resources
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.
|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.|
|Health Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.|