I am seeking advice on how to become a competitive candidate for Osteopathic schools as opposed to Allopathic. This is me: 3.7 undergrad GPA from the University of California, Berkeley. 4.0 Post Bacc science GPA. I am 30 and have taught English for several years in Japan. I have a year of research and my clinical experience is mainly from volunteering in the rehabilitation clinic at a hospital in Tokyo for one year. I currently volunteer at a free medical clinic. Lastly my MCATS are 7V 10P 9B, R. I initially only thought of applying to allopathic schools and have only recently been learning more about the Osteopathic approach. I guess what I want to know is what am I lacking from an Osteopathic adcom committee's POV? Do I need to shadow a DO? For how long? Do I have to have a D.O. letter? Do people apply to both M.D. and D.O programs at the same time? The more I have been looking into Osteopathy, the more similarities rather than differences I seem to find and therefore believe that I can accomplish my career goals via either route. Does my personal statement for an Osteopathic school need to necessarily talk about my interest in Osteopathy specifically? Since I am an older applicant I feel it is important to talk about the process and events that have led me to pursue medicine in general and I don't know if or how much I need to gear my application/essay toward a love of Osteophaty. If I shadow a D.O for a few months is this enough for an ADCOM or are they looking for candidates who have never thought of doing anything but Osteopathy. I just want to practice medicine and heal people and I think I can do this with either training. Sorry it was long but any comments are very appreciated. Thank you.