What is your exposure to osteopathic medicine and/or practicing DOs thus far? If the answer is little to none, I would recommend not applying to DO schools this cycle. There is a lot of desperation in this process, but one shouldn't smell of it.That I can do for sure -
The other side of the coin is do DO schools look at re-applicants more harshly? My mcat is good for another year so it may be in my best interest to just wait until next cycle if they do look at re-applicants more harshly - I don't want to shoot myself in the foot like I did last year by applying in September to MD schools as per my stupid advisors suggestion lol
ugh such a miserable situation to be in!
Also whats the impact of becoming a reapplicant to DO's? Do they look favorably or less favorably on re-applicants?It is rather late, but nothing tried nothing gained. At this point schools have already started accepting folks, but there have been people who applied in December and were accepted. Your main issue may be the time it takes to verify your AACOMAS application.
That all being said, if you do decide to try this year, get it all done and in by Monday. Be prepared to submit your secondaries within 24 hours of receipt. You're late in the cycle... quick turn around will be very very key here.
I am an MD but I'm pretty sure the question "why osteopathic medicine?" is going to come up at some point. You need to have a good answer for that. You should become familiar with OMM. Some schools may require one LOR from a DO and/or DO shadowing experience. These are things you are unlikely to acquire this late in the game.When you say exposure to DO what do you mean exactly?
If you are a recovered/recovering alcoholic then yes, I can see your dilemma. No doubt AA is very important to you, but if this cycle doesn't work out I'd say your path is clear. You will need to fill in this gap, and in the meantime you should set about researching osteopathic medicine and finding a DO to shadow. That will have you in much better shape for both MD and DO schools come June 2011.Premedapplicant said:As far as my app - I have like no community serivice/leadership in my application which I think is my main weakness - bear in my this is mostly due to my involvement in a 12 step recovery program (AA) for the past 5 years - so I chair meetings, help fundraise etc etc but didn't feel I could include that in my application do to the stigma associated with it...