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accepted...without rec from DO? Is it possible?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by tnt3, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. tnt3

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    I'm applying to 5 DO schools yet I have not shadowed a DO. Therefore, I will not be getting a LOR from a DO. Is it still possible to be accepted? Would the schools look badly on applicants who haven't had any experience in osteopathic medicine. I have worked with a lot of MD's. For those accepted did you have LOR from a DO?

    Thanks.
     
  2. andrea

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    Hi! Take heart, it is possible. Although most of the schools require a recommendation from a DO, there are a handful that don't. I applied with a letter from my employer and my undergrad committee and was accepted at Des Moines, UNECOM and KCOM. Best wishes!
     
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    How did you explain to them why you chose osteopathic medicine rather than allopathic? I want to enter in primary care and I know osteopathic medical schools emphasize primary care. But I really can't say much else. I'm having trouble with TCOM question: what experiences, and/or relationships have motivated you toward a career in osteopathic medicine?
    Did you apply to TCOM since you're from Texas?
     
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    My advice to you is to think of something creative, but NO BS! Tell the truth no matter what. It's better to be honest and say little, than BS and say a whole bunch of stupid things. Being truthful about your interests and expectations won't hurt anyone.
     
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  5. andrea

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    No, I didn't apply to TCOM as I've been in TX a long time and am ready to go out of state. I've never shadowed a DO, so in my interviews I emphasized the books I've read and personal research I've done about osteopathic medicine. Also I talked about my friends who are in med school at TCOM and others. Hope that helps.
     

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