(Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
There are a few slight differences between allopathic physicians and osteopathic physicians. Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical practice that provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic Medicine focuses on health education, injury prevention, and disease prevention.
Osteopathic medical students are often strongly urged to go into primary-care areas (including General and Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics/Gynecology), so students drawn to these areas may find that osteopathy is ultimately their best option.
In many areas outside of metropolitan areas (where there often is a big concentration of medical centers and physicians), D.O.s and M.D.s often work side by side and in the same hospitals. In some states, there is only one licensing agency for both M.D.s and D.O.s. As of June 2011, there were 27 osteopathic medical schools in the U.S.
REQUIREMENTS: The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required. Additionally, schools of osteopathic medicine evaluate letters of recommendation, leadership qualities, and participation in both academic and non-academic extracurricular activities. It is becoming increasingly important that you have considerable, direct experience under the tutelage of a D.O. Undergraduate pre-osteopathic medical study requires the following courses:
Some schools may have additional required or recommended courses, such as Biochemistry. You should consult The Osteopathic Medical College Information Book. It is updated annually, and a copy is kept on reserve in Silver 901.
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine ("NYCOM")
New York Institute of Technology Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Tel: (516) 626-6947
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
Application Service (AACOMAS)
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 310
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Tel: (301) 968-4190
American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
Tel: (800) 621-1773