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Guide To Applying To US Osteopathic Medical Schools

1.IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

  • Applications start in May of every year and close in April of the upcoming year

  • Rolling Admissions- first come, first serve! It is very important to try to apply as early as possible

  • Look up deadlines for supplemental applications as they vary by each school, found on the AACOM website

KEY DATES for 2018-2019 Application Cycle:

MAY 3, 2018: AACOMAS application open for submissions

JUNE 15, 2018: Schools begin receiving and processing applications

SEPTEMBER 3- OCTOBER 12, 2018: First academic update period

DECEMBER 13, 2018- FEBRUARY 15, 2019: Second academic update period

MARCH 14, 2019- APRIL 12, 2019: Third and final academic update period

2. RESEARCH CANADIAN FRIENDLY SCHOOLS

Applying to medical schools can be an expensive process. Therefore, it is important to do research on which schools accept Canadian students and the GPA, MCAT and course requirements for each school.

Below is a list of Canadian friendly schools that you may want to look into:

  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

  • Chicago Com of Midwestern University

  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Liberty College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Georgia Campus- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C Patel College Osteopathic Medicine

  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • University of North Texas Health Science/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Western University of Health Sciences -College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

  • William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

3. CALCULATING GPA 

1.Convert GPA using AACOMAS conversion scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Tables from www.aacom.org

2. sGPA (science GPA) calculated based on the following course subjects:

·Biochemistry

·Biology/Zoology

·Inorganic Chemistry

·Organic Chemistry

·Physics

·Other Science

 

3.  Non-science GPA calculated based on the following course subjects:

·Behavioural Science

·English

·Math

·Other Non-Science

4. cGPA (cumulative GPA) calculated based on ALL course subjects

How to calculate your GPA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information regarding specific courses and subject categories, refer to AACOMAS FAQ section

4.REFERENCES

Each school has specific requirements for the type of reference letters they require. Please refer to the specific school’s website for more information.

The general consensus is that you should have letters from the following to meet requirements for all of the schools:

  • 2 Science Faculty Letters

  • 1 Letter from Non-Science Faculty

  • 1 Letter from a DO/MD*

Tips for Reference Letters:

  • Choose references who know you well personally and academically and will be able to comment on both of these aspects

  • Ensure that your references understand osteopathy and osteopathic medical schools

  • Provides references with a CV that highlights your work, volunteer and research experience, will help references with more to talk about

  • Aim to talk to references and ask in advance, we recommend to ask at least 4 weeks in advance  

 

*- Some schools specifically require a letter from a DO whereas others are more flexible to a letter from an MD or DO. It is recommended that you to try to get a letter from a DO as it shows your willingness to learn more about osteopathic medicine and can be a bonus point for your application.

5. PERSONAL STATEMENT

Your personal statement is one of the most important aspects of your initial application. It is read by the admission’s committee when making decisions regarding interview invites and acceptances. Your personal statement should be reflective of your past, present and your future aspirations. It should highlight your strengths and acknowledge any application weaknesses.

 

Tips for writing a personal statement:

  • Allocate at LEAST 4 weeks to write and edit a personal statement

    • WEEK 1: Make an outline of your personal statement

      • Read a few personal statements from students who applied in the past, use these statements as a GUIDE. Your aim should be to make yours as different as possible from the ones you read!

      • Know what you will be roughly writing in each paragraph

      • Include brief stories that highlight personality traits (see below)

      • Discuss your motivation for pursing a career in osteopathic medicine

      • If there are any weaknesses or concerns in your application, briefly discuss them in a positive manner. Aim to show how you dealt with these concerns and what you learned

      • DO NOT PLAGARIZE

    • WEEK 2: Start writing your rough draft

      • Maximum character length is 4500 characters

      • Aim to write a paragraph each day, so you have time to work on other aspects of your application at the same time

    • WEEK 3: Editing process

      • Send the rough draft to people who willing to edit and provide constructive criticism

      • Send your personal statement to individuals with different personalities, as there are different types of people who are part of admission’s committees

      • Do not read your personal statement this week, take a week off and let others do the work!

    • WEEK 4: Making the final draft

      • Now its time for you to go back to your personal statement with a fresh mind

      • Take the editing and advice you received from your editors to make any changes

      • Read your personal statement out loud, this will help you with determining if your personal statement flows

  • Discuss your personality strengths through brief stories and examples. Avoid saying “I am this, this and this” Use your past experiences to highlight these traits and to provide examples.

    • Some important personality traits to discuss are:

      • Leadership

      • Responsibility

      • Persistence

      • Determination

      • Perseverance

      • Love for life-long learning

      • Goal setting

      • Hardworking

      • Willing to take initiative

      • Compassionate

      • Emphatic

  • Start off your personal statement with an intriguing catch to make the reader want to continue reading, however avoid making your statement cliché

Talk about how you learned about osteopathic medicine and what aspects made you want to pursue a career as an osteopathic physician.

6. ORDER TRANSCRIPTS

You will need to order a transcript from EVERY institution that you may have taken a course at during your undergraduate and post-graduate studies. Institutions can take anywhere up to 10 business days or more to print and send out transcripts. It is important to note that transcripts MUST be sealed. Therefore, we recommend sending transcripts straight from your institution to AACOMAS. You only need to send ONE copy of each transcript to AACOMAS.

 

Send transcripts to the following address:

AACOMAS Transcript Processing Center

P.O Box 9137

Watertown, MA 02471

 

OR

C/O Liaison International

311 Arsenal St Suite 15

Watertown, MA 02472

7.EC's 

Try to get involved in the community and at school! When it comes to extra-curricular activities it is not about quantity, it is about quality.  Being involved in a few organizations over a few years shows your commitment better than being involved in multiple organizations for a few months. In addition, holding executive positions in organizations allows schools to see your leadership abilities. Try to involve yourself in both medical and non-medical related extra-curricular activities. This helps you present yourself as a well-rounded applicant.

Below is a sample list of different extra-curricular activities you may want to look into and include in your applications. Please keep in mind there are many other extra-curricular activities that are not listed:

  • University Clubs

  • Student Government

  • Community organizations:

    • Big Brothers & Big Sisters

    • Red Cross

    • St. John’s Ambulance

    • Humane Society

    • Habitat for Humanity

    • Alzheimer’s Society

    • Ronald McDonald House

    • Canadian Cancer Society

    • Autism Speaks Canada

  • Sport Teams