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Preparing for a Career as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Many practicing physicians are actually doctors of osteopathic medicine. This is a slightly different degree from a traditional medical degree and has separate programs and admissions procedures.
  • AACOM - the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine is the controlling organization that collects applications. This is parallel to the AMCAS system for medical school. Admission requires taking the MCAT. (See the medical school preparations page for links to the MCAT Web site.)

  • Although there are no osteopathic programs in Indiana, the closest are Chicago, Michigan State, and Ohio Universities. Check the AACOM Web site for admissions requirements.

  • Like medical schools, the basic course work requirements are similar - 4 semesters chemistry, 2 semesters biology, 2 semesters physics, 2 semesters English.

  • Experiences - Most schools look favorably upon experience that suggests that you have familiarity with the occupation you are pursuing. This experience fits into two categories:

    • Basic research - Conducted on your home campus or at some other campus, research shows intellectual growth and problem solving skills that may lack from ordinary coursework.

    • Health care-related experience - Job shadow a health care professional, get a summer job in a health care position, or participate in a meaningful volunteer experience.

The following is a quote from the AACOM Web site about how osteopathic medicine is different from traditional medicine:

"Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical practice in the United States. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education, injury prevention and disease prevention."


 
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