A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students

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Hi guys and gals,

My classmate and I began writing A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine a year ago (a long time coming!) and we've finally gotten it published with AACOM who, by the way, were incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. The work is meant to be a guide for students (mainly premeds and allopathic students, but laypersons as well), by students.

As hinted at by the title, it is by no means a completely exhaustive guide, but it does address some myths/misconceptions, the history of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulative techniques/research, and how osteopathic medicine fits into the current medical school scene.

It's free to download so please feel free to take a look-see here: http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/Pages/BriefGuide.aspx

And while we're here, we'd like to give a big thank you to SDN user HockeyDr09 for his awesomely incredible residency data contributions!

Enjoy :),
Johnny and Patrick

P.S. We've noticed user Andrew Taylor Still has done an amazing job consolidating all the relevant threads for pre-DO students in this forum into a neat list, but we thought we'd try to contribute as well ;)
 
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JVillien

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Hi guys and gals,

My classmate and I began writing A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine a year ago (a long time coming!) and we've finally gotten it published with AACOM. The work is meant to be a guide for students (mainly premeds and allopathic students, but laypersons as well), by students.

As hinted at by the title, it is by no means a completely exhaustive guide, but it does address some myths/misconceptions, the history of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulative techniques/research, and how osteopathic medicine fits into the current medical school scene.

It's free to download so please feel free to take a look-see here: http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/Pages/BriefGuide.aspx

And while we're here, we'd like to thank SDN user HockeyDr09 for his awesomely incredible residency data contributions!

Enjoy :),
Johnny and Patrick

P.S. We've noticed user Andrew Taylor Still has done an amazing job consolidating all the relevant threads for pre-DO students, but we thought we'd contribute as well ;)
Thanks guys
 

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Will definitely download and give this a good read. Thanks!
 

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Hi guys and gals,

My classmate and I began writing A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine a year ago (a long time coming!) and we've finally gotten it published with AACOM who, by the way, were incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. The work is meant to be a guide for students (mainly premeds and allopathic students, but laypersons as well), by students.

As hinted at by the title, it is by no means a completely exhaustive guide, but it does address some myths/misconceptions, the history of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulative techniques/research, and how osteopathic medicine fits into the current medical school scene.

It's free to download so please feel free to take a look-see here: http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/Pages/BriefGuide.aspx

And while we're here, we'd like to give a big thank you to SDN user HockeyDr09 for his awesomely incredible residency data contributions!

Enjoy :),
Johnny and Patrick

P.S. We've noticed user Andrew Taylor Still has done an amazing job consolidating all the relevant threads for pre-DO students in this forum into a neat list, but we thought we'd try to contribute as well ;)
Very well written, and good work answering many of the "real" questions have about osteopathic medical schools that had never been addressed by AACOM. Thanks for the credit! :D
 

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Veryyy well done

Jus read all of it

THIS NEEDS to be distributed to schools


The fact section should be distributed to the public in buses etc

Great job
 

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Looks pretty good. Good job!
 

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I know it's been said, but thanks! Very well-written and informative.
 
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jisu23

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Thank you for all the supportive comments! It's really encouraging to know that our work hasn't been in vain :)
 

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I just read the first chapter and this seems really helpful and it definitely should be stickied!
Thanks a lot!
 

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Hey all, this is Patrick Wu, the other co-author of the guidebook.

I really would encourage anyone who is currently applying or thinking about applying to DO school to READ THIS GUIDE. Johnny and I spent the entire summer between our first and second year and multiple months during second year researching and compiling all the information presented so it is THOROUGH AND ACCURATE. Our sources are all numbered and cited throughout. Reading it from cover to cover (takes 2-3 hrs tops) WILL make a difference in your personal statement and interviews, trust me.


Now that the guide is available online, we are working with the AACOM to get this guide out to colleges nationwide as well as create a 'package' that includes an 1-2 page executive summary of the 32 page guide and a powerpoint based off the info in the guidebook that SOMA chapters and other premedical organizations can use for info nights etc.

Johnny and I currently studying for Step/Level 1 but we'll be done in a couple weeks so feel free to post any questions you have about the guide or anything else here on sdn and we'll be sure to check back often and try to answer as best we can! :)

Thanks again for your support! :love:
 

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Hi guys and gals,

My classmate and I began writing A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine a year ago (a long time coming!) and we've finally gotten it published with AACOM who, by the way, were incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. The work is meant to be a guide for students (mainly premeds and allopathic students, but laypersons as well), by students.

As hinted at by the title, it is by no means a completely exhaustive guide, but it does address some myths/misconceptions, the history of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulative techniques/research, and how osteopathic medicine fits into the current medical school scene.

It's free to download so please feel free to take a look-see here: http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/Pages/BriefGuide.aspx

And while we're here, we'd like to give a big thank you to SDN user HockeyDr09 for his awesomely incredible residency data contributions!

Enjoy :),
Johnny and Patrick

P.S. We've noticed user Andrew Taylor Still has done an amazing job consolidating all the relevant threads for pre-DO students in this forum into a neat list, but we thought we'd try to contribute as well ;)
this is awesome. nice work!
 
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Hi guys and gals,

My classmate and I began writing A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine a year ago (a long time coming!) and we've finally gotten it published with AACOM who, by the way, were incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. The work is meant to be a guide for students (mainly premeds and allopathic students, but laypersons as well), by students.

As hinted at by the title, it is by no means a completely exhaustive guide, but it does address some myths/misconceptions, the history of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic manipulative techniques/research, and how osteopathic medicine fits into the current medical school scene.

It's free to download so please feel free to take a look-see here: http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/Pages/BriefGuide.aspx

And while we're here, we'd like to give a big thank you to SDN user HockeyDr09 for his awesomely incredible residency data contributions!

Enjoy :),
Johnny and Patrick

P.S. We've noticed user Andrew Taylor Still has done an amazing job consolidating all the relevant threads for pre-DO students in this forum into a neat list, but we thought we'd try to contribute as well ;)
This should be stickied :)
 

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Just wanted to bump this thread now that Johnny and I are done with Step/Level 1. Now we will have much more time to respond to any feedback about the guidebook. We've heard a lot of great things so far, but suggestions/constructive criticism are always welcome too!

What kinds of questions do you guys still have after reading through the guide?

What else can we add/clarify to make the guide even better?

What are some of your guys' ideas on how to expand general awareness of DO?

Thanks!
-Patrick
 
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I think this is great work, and it is obvious a lot of care and focus went into putting this together. However, I feel most of this information I have seen before and is available from other credible sources. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer....

Congratulations nonetheless
 

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Awesome!!! Shared with my Pre-SOMA club and with friends and family on Facebook. Great job! It's very well done in my opinion. I'll give feedback when I get the chance.
 

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I think this is great work, and it is obvious a lot of care and focus went into putting this together. However, I feel most of this information I have seen before and is available from other credible sources. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer....

Congratulations nonetheless
Thanks for the reply! Which other sources have you found helpful (so we can look into them and include them in the guide)?

It would seem that you are a pretty well-informed medical student if you know all of this stuff already... what would you like to see more of? Do you see the value in compiling this information for premeds and laypeople (even if it is available elsewhere) so some of their research is done for them?
 
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This thread deserves a bump. Many prospective osteopathic med students would find this guide helpful, and it will certainly help some students answer the "why osteopathic medicine" question on secondaries.
 

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I followed the link to this from the WesternU website about a year ago and was very impressed. Very inspiring. Definitely recommend.
 

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Just started looking at it...looks like a very impressive work so far.
 

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I posted this in another thread but I'll do it again here too:

I'm one of the two students who put this pdf guide together with the AACOM. Dr. Ryan Gray interviewed us (Jonathan and Patrick) a few weeks ago on his website if you are interested in learning more about this guidebook and our experiences as DO students (we're now starting our fourth year). The link to the audio podcast of the interview from MedicalSchoolHQ is below:

http://www.medicalschoolhq.net/session26

Dr. Gray has put together an amazing site for premeds with blogs and podcasts about the MCAT, the admissions process, and medical school in general and and even offers personal statement/application counseling services. I highly recommend you take a look! :thumbup:
 

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Excellent writeup, guys! Wish I'd known before my app cycle, but I dug the read and I'll be forwarding it to friends!
 
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Not sure about anyone else, but this was a great resource for showing my parents. Although I have autonomy over my future decisions, it is nice to know that they no longer think that DO is a "fake doctor", or an "easy way out". Will be sharing this with peers.

Thank you