A.T. Still University of Health Sciences - Mesa (ATSU-SOMA)

Address

A.T. Still University Office of Admissions / 800 West Jefferson Street / Kirksville, MO 63501 / / Campus Address: / 5850 East Still Circle / Mesa, AZ 85206

Phone

Toll Free: (866) 626-2878 x2237 / Phone: (660) 626-2237 / Fax: (660) 626-2969

Email

admissions@atsu.edu

Overview

School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
DO
Public/Private
Private
Year Founded
2006
US News Rank - Research
Unranked
US News Rank - Primary Care
Unranked
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()

City Size
< 9M

Getting In

Median GPA
3.52
Median MCAT
504
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
No
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AACOMAS
Letters of Rec Required
MD or DO letter required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()

Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$70
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional and MMI
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Prepare individuals through high-quality, innovative, learning-centered undergraduate and graduate medical education programs to become compassionate osteopathic physicians and health care leaders who serve medically underserved populations with a focus on research and community oriented primary care.



Essay Topics (2019-2020)

1. Describe your activities during any gaps longer than  3 months in your college or postgraduate record.

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

2. Describe your experiences with osteopathic physicians. Have you ever shadowed a DO, if not explain why? Do you have a letter of recommendation from a DO, if not explain why?

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

3. Describe your understanding of SOMA by answering one of the following questions:

What unique feature of SOMA appeals to you? What specific feature of SOMA concerns you?

What would be your strongest attribute as a SOMA student? What would be your weakest?

How do you plan to be involved with medically underserved populations in your medical career? How have your past volunteer experiences influenced your plans?

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

4. Please list any changes or updates to your AACOMAS application. This section may be left blank if your AACOMAS application is complete and accurate.

Essay Topics ('18-'19)

1.Describe your activities during any gaps longer than 3 months in your college or postgraduate record.

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

2. Describe your experiences with osteopathic physicians. Have you ever shadowed a DO, if not explain why? Do you have a letter of recommendation from a DO, if not explain why?

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

3. Describe your understanding of SOMA by answering one of the following questions:

What unique feature of SOMA appeals to you? What specific feature of SOMA concerns you?

What would be your strongest attribute as a SOMA student? What would be your weakest?

How do you plan to be involved with medically underserved populations in your medical career? How have your past volunteer experiences influenced your plans?

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

4. Please list any changes or updates to your AACOMAS application. This section may be left blank if your AACOMAS application is complete and accurate. (No character limit)

Essay Topics ('17-'18)

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Describe your activities during any gaps longer than 3 months in your college or postgraduate record.

Describe your academic readiness for medical school by answering one of the following questions:

Describe your learning strategy and how this strategy will help you become a successful student at SOMA.

Describe any academic performance issues you have experienced and how you got back on course

Describe your understanding of a career as a osteopathic physician by answering one of the following questions:

Describe the essential traits of a osteopathic physician. Which one of your past experiences had the greatest influence on your choice of traits?

Of the following characteristics found in successful medical students, choose one that is important to you and explain why?

Confidence

Empathy

Discipline

Resilience

Integrity

Intelligence

Maturity

Describe your understanding of a career as an osteopathic physician by answering one of the following questions:

Describe your experiences with osteopathic physicians. Have you ever shadowed a DO, if not explain why? Do you have a letter of recommendation from a DO, if not explain why?

Which one of the osteopathic tenets do you most identify with at this point in your life? Explain why.

How do you envision incorporating osteopathic philosophy and practice as a physician?

Describe your understanding of SOMA by answering one of the following questions:

What unique feature of SOMA appeals to you? What specific feature of SOMA concerns you?

What would be your strongest attribute as a SOMA student? What would be your weakest?

How do you plan to be involved with medically underserved populations in your medical career? How have your past volunteer experiences influenced your plans?

Essay Topics ('16-'17)

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Describe your activities during any gaps longer than 3 months in your college or postgraduate record.

Describe your academic readiness for medical school by answering one of the following questions:

Describe your learning strategy and how this strategy will help you become a successful student at SOMA.

Describe any academic performance issues you have experienced and how you got back on course.

Describe your understanding of a career as an osteopathic physician by answering one of the following questions:

Describe the essential traits of a osteopathic physician. Which one of your past experiences had the greatest influence on your choice of traits?

Of the following characteristics found in successful medical students, choose one that is important to you and explain why? Confidence, Empathy, Discipline, Resilience, Integrity, Intelligence, Maturity


Describe your understanding of a career as an osteopathic physician by answering one of the following questions:

Describe your experiences with osteopathic physicians. Have you ever shadowed a DO, if not explain why? Do you have a letter of recommendation from a DO, if not explain why?

Which one of the osteopathic tenets do you most identify with at this point in your life? Explain why.

How do you envision incorporating osteopathic philosophy and practice as a physician?


Describe your understanding of SOMA by answering one of the following questions:

What unique feature of SOMA appeals to you? What specific feature of SOMA concerns you?

What would be your strongest attribute as a SOMA student? What would be your weakest?

How do you plan to be involved with medically underserved populations in your medical career? How have your past volunteer experiences influenced your plans?

Essay Topics ('15-'16)

Describe your activities during any gaps longer than 3 months in your college or postgraduate record.

Describe your academic readiness for medical school by answering one of the following questions:

a. Describe your learning strategy and how this strategy will help you become a successful student at SOMA.

b. Describe any academic performance issues you have experienced and how you got back on course.

Describe your understanding of a career as a physician by answering one of the following questions:

a. Describe the essential traits of a physician. Which one of your past experiences had the greatest influence on your choice of traits?

b. Of the following characteristics found in successful medical students, choose one that is important to you and explain why?

Confidence

Empathy

Discipline

Resilience

Integrity

Intelligence

Maturity

Describe your understanding of a career as an osteopathic physician by answering one of the following questions:

a. Describe your experiences with DOs.Have you ever shadowed a DO, if not explain why? Do you have a letter of recommendation from a DO, if not explain why?

b. Which one of the osteopathic tenets do you most identify with at this point in your life? Explain why.

c. How do you envision incorporating osteopathic philosophy and practice as a physician?

Describe your understanding of SOMA by answering one of the following questions:

a. What unique feature of SOMA appeals to you? What specific feature of SOMA concerns you?

b. What would be your strongest attribute as a SOMA student? What would be your weakest?

c. How do you plan to be involved with medically underserved populations in your medical career? How have your past volunteer experiences influenced your plans?

Essay Topics ('14-'15)

Explain any prolonged periods of non-academic activity during or after full-time enrollment in formal coursework.

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

If you are currently not enrolled in courses, explain how your current activities will prepare you for the academic rigor of a medical school curriculum.

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

In your future role as an osteopathic physician, how do you envision incorporating osteopathic philosophy and practice?(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Which one of your past volunteer experiences is the best indicator of your intent to serve an underserved population at some point in your medical career? Explain why.

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Which one of your past experiences taught you the character traits that are essential for a physician? What did you learn?

(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Describe any work-experiences or courses that have helped prepare you to be an independent and self-motivated student. For example, how do you know that you are an "adult learner'? How do you plan to be successful in the SOMA curriculum?(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Essay Topics ('13-'14)

Explain any prolonged periods of non-academic activity during or after full-time enrollment in formal coursework. 500 words or less

What aspects of the Osteopathic Philosophy and Practice have had the greatest influence on your decision to seek a career in Osteopathic Medicine. Please specify any experience(s) and/or shadowing with an osteopathic physician(s). 500 or less

How does your character, motivation and experience distinguish your ability and resolve to serve in an underserved community? Describe how any of your experiences have influenced you. 500 or less

Describe any work-experiences or courses that have helped prepare you to be an independent and self-motivated student. 500 or less

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