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MSAR for Osteopathy?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Asumi, Apr 23, 2001.

  1. Asumi

    Asumi Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Does anyone know of a book like the MSAR for Osteopathic shcools which lists important criteria to decide where to apply like which schools never accept out of staters and average MCAT scores etc.

    Also, how does one go about getting that crucial D.O. recommendation letter? Should I just start calling up local D.O. 's?

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  3. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
    Check out

    You should find the answer to your question there.

    As far as getting a D.O. letter...I used the yellow pages to find a D.O. in my hometown. Then I wrote a letter.

    Good luck.

    Joshua Paul Hazelton
    [email protected]
    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (2002)
  4. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Visit the website noted by JP, then click on PUBLICATIONS.

    AACOM publishes "College Information Booklets" every year. That's something similar to the MSAR you are referring to.

    As for the DO letter, if your from California, look up California Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Otherwise, phone book is always there. Some osteopathic medical schools don't even require the DO letter anymore. They rather have someone that knows you well.... Anyway, you'll find that out in the College Information Booklet.
  5. nathan

    nathan Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2001
    Joplin, MO USA
    I thought I'd give a little advice that I've given before on SDN, but I think it's helpful. If you haven't tried getting a part-time job somewhere in the health arena, do (and do it ASAP)! The more experience you have under your belt, and the exposure of working with physicians that can write you letters of rec. that have some REAL meaning, the better your chances. A physician, who happens to serve on a selection committee, once told me to get a job doing something health-related. This can be working as a phlebotomist ("blood-drawer"), working as a patient-care specialist, or any other odds-and-ends thing Human Resources at your local hospital can give you. I was lucky and landed a job in the Lipid Clinic for a group of cardiologists and CV surgeons (which allowed me to work for, get to know, begin to understand the process, and desire a yearning for medicine). If all you can do is set up shadowing programs with a DO, that's good, but when you shadow one DO, see if he or she can get you in touch with another DO in a different specialty (variety is nice). By the way, working in the ER as a tech offers many advantages, the first of which is being exposed to all kinds of patient-care situations. Hope this helps and best of luck!

    -Nathan (UHS-COM '05)
  6. tiffsatt

    tiffsatt Member 10+ Year Member

    May 3, 2000
    monroe, MI, USA
    In response to the original post, JP's web address is great. When I started researching DO schools I went there and printed the bio for all 19 schools, then started eliminating schools from that!
    Good Luck

    I would say that I would send you all the info I requested from the schools, but I just threw it all away. Most admissions personnel are eager to send their info out to students so just call them.
  7. electra

    electra SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    hey nathan,
    i think we interviewed together back in march. I too am at UHS for Fall.


  8. muonwhiz

    muonwhiz Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2001
    has anyone ever seen any rankings for the osteo schools similar to what is done yearly for the allo schools?

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