I am currently a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering, which is pretty much an interdisciplinary program between physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology in my case; I probably have about 2-2.5 year before defensing my thesis. My undergrad was in biomedical engineering with a minor in biology from the honors program at my state engineering school. I transfered from a federal military academy where I had a ~3.0 GPA (not impressive in general but top 1/5 of my class there). After transferring to biomedical engineering, I graduated with a 3.84 GPA. Therefore, my AMCAS GPA is 3.64 and my BCMP GPA is ~3.45. I have yet to take the MCAT but I'm getting about 32-34 on practice exams. By the time I defend my PhD, I should have ~5 first author papers and a couple more second or third author publication. I have alot (7 years or several thousand hours) of EMS experience, both paid and volunteer, as well as about 3 years of service as a volunteer firefighter and technical rescue specialist. I have no real clinical experience to speak of other than the EMS stuff. However, my EMS and fire experience coupled with my PhD research which has to do with chracterization and mechanisms of mild traumatic brain injury following non-impact blast waves has gotten me very interested in emergency medicine/ trauma resuscitation research. Essentially for my current research, I have helped to design a device that can create a ~1.5 atm pressure differential very very quickly (< 1 ms). After imparting the injury, I will look at the changes in the dielectric properties of the material by impedance spectroscopy over a broad frequency range. I am interested in osteopathic medicine because I honestly believe that they make the best emergency physicians; I have had quite a bit of experience with them both professionally aka EMS and as a patient. Therefore, while I think that I may have the credentials to attend an allopathic medical school, especially given the PhD, I am currently also looking at osteopathic schools as my first option. However, I am a bit concerned with my ability to conduct research in an academic setting with the DO/PhD degrees since osteopathic physician scientists are very few and qutie far between from what I have seen. Does anybody else have some insight into this issue?