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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by nicoleNY21, Aug 30, 1999.

  1. nicoleNY21

    nicoleNY21 New Member

    Aug 21, 1999
    Lancaster, NY 14086
    Hi Everyone,

    I just sent in my AACOMAS application last Wednesday. I was wondering if people could tell me how long it took before they received their first secondary application.
    Also, does anyone know if D.O. schools find it favorable that an applicant applied exclusively to Osteopathic colleges? I really want to be an osteopathic physician so I only applied to D.O. schools. However, I am from Buffalo, NY and people here recommend that I apply to University at Buffalo Medical School. However, this is an M.D. program and I really prefer the additionally training (OMM) given by D.O. programs. Any advise, replies are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  3. Shelam

    Shelam Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 1999
    Mineola, New York, USA
    The amount of time it takes to get your secondary application depends upon how fast AACOMAS processes your application. This in turn depends upon on how long your school(s) take(s) to send your transcript(s) to AACOMAS. Once AACOMAS receives your trascripts, it takes them several weeks to verify the grades and process everything. They will not begin processing your application until all the necessary information has been received. One week to one month after you receive your appplicant profile from AACOMAS, you will start receiving secondary forms. If you still have not received anything one month after receiving your applicant profile you should call the schools to which you have applied to determine what the problem may be. However, you should be aware that some schools do not send secondaries to applicants. For example, the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) does not send secondaries to its applicants. Secondaries at NYCOM are filled out when the applicant is invited for an interview. In fact, it is done on the day of the interview. I am not sure why they do this, but they do. Best of luck to you.

    NYCOM, Class of 2002
  4. almasque

    almasque Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 1998
    If you have not heard anything from aacomas in a reasonable time (4-6 weeks) I would contact them by telephone & ask the status of your application. I did this & found out that they were supposedly waiting for my transcripts to process my application, which they in fact had, but due to a filing error it was not with my package. I'm glad I called, or I may have been waiting some time. I assume that does not happen a lot, but I was glad that I took a "proactive" role with the application service.

    [This message has been edited by almasque (edited August 31, 1999).]

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