Letter from D.O. neccessary?

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    PittMedicine said:
    Just wondering if its necessary to have a D.O. letter of recomendation? Stats are good, w/ 30 MCAT and 4.0 GPA.

    If you look at the admissions web pages for a lot of the schools you will see that although not required, letters from osteopathic physicians are highly preferred. I believe NOVA (maybe others) actually requires a DO letter. I'm sure there are others.
     
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      PittMedicine said:
      Just wondering if its necessary to have a D.O. letter of recomendation? Stats are good, w/ 30 MCAT and 4.0 GPA.

      Don't let stats like that let you feel like you are a shoe-in. Even though that might be true, keep pushing on and make you apps as good as possible! :) It will be worth it when it is all over. Not too hard to get in there and shadow, though. Awesome stats, good luck! :thumbup:
       

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        PittMedicine said:
        Just wondering if its necessary to have a D.O. letter of recomendation? Stats are good, w/ 30 MCAT and 4.0 GPA.

        Just go shadow a DO over the Christmas break, and then get a letter. It's not that difficult. Contact your local state osteopathic association or nearest osteopathic medical school for willing participants.
         

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          Check each school's admissions webpage to see if it is just suggested or if it is actually required. I know Pikeville not only requires D.O. letter, but that D.O. has to be a member of the AOA!

          That being said, while a D.O. letter is preferred, every admissions counselor I have spoken to says that a letter from a M.D. who knows you and can attest to your interest in holistic medical practice is better than a letter from a D.O. who does not know you very well.

          Good luck!
           

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            I have no physician letter and have acceptances from 3 DO schools, so not all of them require one. It may be best to check web sites or call admissions offices.

            No letter required from OUCOM, MSUCOM and WVSOM.
             

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              I was accepted into a number of schools that required a letter from a DO only, and I only had a MD letter. I explained to them of my situation (my MD letter was from someone who really knew me and could tell them of my desire of becomming a physician) and for the most part, they accepted the MD letter just fine. I would call first to make sure though. FYI, OSU told me hell no, but oh well :thumbdown: . Good luck.
               
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