I retook 7 hours of science classes that I had originally made C's in. I made A's in all of them the second time, so that brought my cumulative and science GPA up a great deal. My cum. GPA is a 3.51 (with my repeats) and my science GPA is a 3.48 (with my repeats). My MCAT is 26. I have research experience in Microbiology, I lab assisted as an undergrad in Hematology, Clinical Chemistry and Biological Instrumentation labs. I've shadowed several physicians as an undergrad. I was a peer mentor as an undergrad, and I received my Bachelors degree in Medical Technology, which is essentially Clinical laboratory Science (Allied Health). I have been working as a Medical Technologist for the past year and a half in a clinical microbiology laboratory. I am currently finishing a minor in chemistry as well. I know my stats are okay, but here's the predicament; I LIVE IN LOUISIANA AND I DON"T KNOW WHERE I SHOULD APPLY! I'd like to go to PCOM but I heard that they prefer Pennsylvania residents, which I found to be absurd since they are a private institution, and are therefore not state funded. TCOM mainly accepts only Texas residents. Louisiana has 3 MD programs but I really want to be a DO because I am fascinated by the Osteopathic philosophy. I really don't care where I go as long as it is a DO med school. Does anybody know which schools I should apply to? DO's are not very well established in my state so my professors are really no help in terms of giving me advice. Most of them do not even see DO's as MD equivalents. I try explaining Osteopathy to them but it's basically like auguring with a brick wall. Of course I have researched this field extensively and know a great deal about it. I was just wondering which schools I should not bother applying to? Which schools will view a Louisiana resident just as any other state resident? PLEASE HELP!