Medical Assistant Student
Dec 6, 2010
Other Health Professions Student
I'm currently a medical assistant student, but I aspire to to become an osteopathic doctor one day. After I become certified and finish my undergraduate studies I plan on applying to medical schools. Do you think that since I will have work experience in the medical field, and not just as a volunteer or shadowing, will give me an advantage? Before I even apply to medical school I will have around four years of work experience.


The Gimlet Eye
10+ Year Member
Sep 4, 2006
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I don't know that it will be "easier," as you'd be expected to have competitive stats regardless, but heavy work experience in the medical arena can compensate for the lack of research and some other ECs. You'd still want to have some community service, but it needn't be medical in nature. And you should have some formal physician shadowing.

I think the greater advantage will come during the clinical years of med school. You will be head and shoulders above your classmates in history taking, physicial assessment, etc.