I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to strengthen my application to DO schools. I am particularly interested in applying to UNECOM, but plan to apply to a good number of schools. I know people get annoyed by "what are my chances" posts, but any thoughtful advice would really be appreciated. I graduated last may from a relatively competitive school with a 3.4 GPA in history and religious studies. I am currently working on my premed courses. I've received As in general and advanced bio courses, but chem is giving me a bit of trouble and I expect mostly B range grades in the rest of my prereqs. As far as MCATs, I am guessing (but who really knows) a pretty good verbal score is within my grasp, but I have little idea how I will fare on the other sections. Non-academically, I am working full time in clinical/translational research at a university cancer center. I have many many hours of hospital volunteering and shadowing, although mostly in high school. Have a lot of social service related volunteer experience, and political campaiging experience (not relevant, but perhaps interesting?). I don't really have any osteopathic specific experience yet, but have several DOs who have expressed willingness to let me shadow them and I look forward to taking advantage of this when time allows. My other question: does applying to MD schools as well as DO schools decrease your chances of acceptance to a DO school? Honestly, while I really like osteopathic philosophy and would be very happy to attend a DO school, med school admissions is so tough I want to apply as broadly as possible. Anyway, any advice on how I could strengthen my application would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Good luck to all applying this year!!!!