Think you know everything about osteopathic medicine? Or what it means to be an osteopathic physician (DO)? How about the differences between DOs and allopathic physicians (MDs)? Well, maybe you do, maybe you don’t. The myths that we’ll cover range widely, from the totally baseless to the somewhat understandable, but we’re going to bust them all. Our goal is not simply to say “Gotcha!” and make you feel bad about your misconceptions. Rather, we want to give you the full and true story surrounding osteopathic medicine and encourage you to consider this viable career path!
Looking for a comprehensive index of all required essay prompts for the AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS applications? Look no further. Personal statements, short essays, experience descriptions - it’s all covered here.
On its face, it looks like DO schools are harder to get into than MD schools (their overall acceptance rate is 7 points lower). So what's happening in the data?
This week we want to go deeper with our numbers and compare statistics. These statistics can be hard to find, since a) only some med schools release their match information, and b) even those that do release it differently.
Thinking about applying to a DO school? You’re not alone. Each year, more and more pre-meds are considering DO schools as a viable option. Most pre-meds start their journey to medical school by focusing on allopathic (MD) schools. Part of the reason is that MD schools are more prominent.
When I was 24, my primary care provider was a D.O., but I didn’t choose her on purpose. I had simply picked a clinic near my apartment that took my insurance, and she was the first doctor available to see me. I saw the letters D.O. after her name and noticed they were different from the others that had M.D., but I didn’t have any idea what that meant.