Hey all, I am new to the DO world. Recently, I became enlightened about the DO profession, and am very interested in applying to DO schools for 2003 entry. I have a few questions from the perspective of a newbie: 1) Time-wise, do you think I will be ok submitting my AACOMAS in the next 2-3 weeks? I am a competitive applicant (4.0, 27S MCAT, standout EC's, perfect committee letter and hospital work experience), would this help me at all in terms of getting secondaries/interviews if apply that late in the game? 2) For the DO letter of rec: should it be a document the physician writes then hands over to me until schools request it? Or is it confidential, and must be sent from directly from DO to schools? 3) Is it too risky (even as a strong applicant) to apply to schools without a DO letter? Would Adcoms be convinced of my motivation to be a physician and incorporate what I know about the DO profession, despite not having worked with a Primary care DO? I have shadowed DO's in the Emergency department but they were no different from MD's in that capacity. I'm interested in public health and FP- I would hope that my academic experience and hospital work is enough to convince schools about my motivation? Am I wrong? Thank you all in advance!