​Osteopathic Medicine

​​​​​​​​Description ​Osteopathic medicine was developed as a method of treatment emphasizing the musculoskeletal system 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.
Degree ​D.O.
​Program Length ​4 Years
​Professional Schools’ Organization ​AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)
​Application Service ​AACOMAS (American Association of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
​Academic Admission Requirements ​One year each: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Math (through calculus), Physics, English.
​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.