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Osteopathic Medicine

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Interested in a more "holistic" approach to the practice of medicine? Choosing osteopathic medicine as your specialty puts you in partnership with your patients. Like all medical doctors, DOs are marked by their integrity, leadership and perseverance, but the osteopathic specialty is especially focused on humanitarian concerns. Emphasizing preventative medicine, osteopathic practitioners consider the impact that lifestyle and community have on the health of each individual, and they work to break down barriers to promote wellness and disease prevention. There are many opportunities for DOs and MDs to work in the same settings as equals.


Program Length
4 years

Professional Schools’ Organization
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

Application Service
American Association of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)

Academic Admission Requirements
One year each: Biology, Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 1 & 2), Organic Chemistry, Physics, English. Some schools may also require Calculus.

Additional requirements may be added by specific schools. Check the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book for additional details.

Admission Exam
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Recommendation Letters
Letters of recommendation from a pre-health advisor are required, and may be kept confidential. Some schools may require additional letters of support.

Current Topics
The new AACOM 2012 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB) will be available soon. The CIB facilitates exploration among the more than 14,000 individuals who are applying to osteopathic medical schools. We should report that applications to the nation's osteopathic medical colleges have grown by more than 20 percent in the last three years alone