Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)

Address

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine / Office of Admissions / 965 Fee Road / A-136 East Fee Hall / East Lansing, MI 48824

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
138
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
Public
Year Founded
1969
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
< 500K

Getting In

Median GPA
3.63
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 ()
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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
Yes
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AACOMAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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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
$100
Other Tests

Interviews

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

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 – '23)

1. What steps have you taken or what activities have you engaged in to learn about the DO profession? (300 words)

2. Tell us about a time when you received difficult feedback and how you responded.What have you done to work with others different from yourself? (300 words)

3. What have you learned from these experiences? You may provide additional information, not stated elsewhere, you feel may help the Admissions Committee gain a better understanding of your candidacy. This may include major life achievements or explanations of academic or non-academic discrepancies on your application. You may also include interests or work experiences. (500 words)

Re-applicants:

4. What has changed since your last application? (500 words)

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. What skills and traits do you think are essential in becoming an effective osteopathic physician? (300 words)

2. As a student, how do you see yourself contributing to the educational community and diversity of MSUCOM? (300 words)

3. Is there any aspect of medicine you think you do not like? If so, what, and why not? (300 words)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. Why are you interested in osteopathic medicine and why are you applying to the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine? (limit of 300 words)

2. Other than healthcare access, what are some of the most important health care issues confronting underserved communities? How would you address them? (limit of 300 words)

3. Briefly describe a situation where you were not in the majority. What did you learn from this experience? (limit of 300 words)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Why are you applying to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine? (250 words)

2. What is your impact on your community? (500 words)

3. Describe an interpersonal interaction you experienced in which you were dissatisfied with the outcome. How would you approach it differently now? (250 words)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. Which tenet of osteopathic medicine interests you the most? (250 word count)

2. How would you like to be remembered by your friends, family, and community? (250 word count)

3. Describe an interpersonal interaction you experienced in which you were dissatisfied with the outcome. How would you approach it differently now? (250 word count)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. What knowledge do you have about Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine? Describe your exposure to the osteopathic profession. (500 words)

2. How would you like to be remembered by your friends, family, and community? (500 words)

3. If you were guaranteed a seat in medical school, but had one year off before starting, how would you spend that year? (500 words)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. What exposure have you had to osteopathic medicine? (500 words)

2. How does the career of a physician fit with your characteristics and skillsets? (500 words)

3. What do you want your legacy to be to your friends, family and the community in the future? (250 words)

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Below you may provide any additional information, not previously stated, you feel will help us gain a complete picture of your life experience. This may include major life achievements or explanations of application discrepancies. (500 words)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. Describe in two to three paragraphs how you learned about the osteopathic profession and why you feel the profession is a good fit for you. (500 words maximum)

2. How does the career of a physician fit with your characteristics and skill sets? (500 words maximum)

3. What is your legacy to your family, friends and the community at this point in your life? (250 words maximum)

If you had to choose a different career path what would that be? (250 words maximum)

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. Have you applied to MSUCOM previously? Yes/No

2. Describe in two to three paragraphs how you learned about the osteopathic profession and why you feel the profession is a good fit for you. (500 words)

3. What is your legacy to your family, friends and the community at this point in your life? (250 words)

4. How would you handle a situation if you witnessed a colleague demonstrating unprofessional behavior? (250 words)

5. What are your expectations of medical school? (250 words)

6. If the committee viewed your social media page(s) (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), would it help or harm your application? (250 words)

7. If you had to choose a different career path what would that be? (250 words)

8. Please tell us how you learned about the osteopathic profession by checking all of the following selections that apply: have been a patient of a DO, referred by pre-medical advisor, visited an osteopathic college, met with an advisor from an osteopathic college, participated in a premedical osteopathic interest group, attended a presentation about osteopathic medicine, read about or reviewed website(s) regarding osteopathic medicine, attended an event at an MSUCOM site, shadowed, volunteered, and/or worked with DO(s)

9. Please list any pending exposures to Osteopathic Medicine, if applicable (if you have no pending activities, please note "not applicable" in the space below). (250 words)

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. Discuss a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone. What were the challenges? What did you learn?

2. Describe a personally rewarding experience. What did you learn about yourself through this experience? You are permitted to use an experience included in your AMCAS application, as long as you didn't go into great detail in your AMCAS application (including personal statement and experiences)

3. If you could present yourself to the Committee on Admissions, what would you want to make sure they knew about you?

4. Describe why you wish to enroll at WMU School of Medicine. You should describe any connection that you have to southwest Michigan. (2000 characters)

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