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Thought I would bump this great thread as a reference for those of us applying for 2007 just to get an idea of what to expect in the coming months. I know I want to get a jump on secondaries or at least start thinking about essay responses. Hope a few of you out there are sharing these sentiments :thumbup:
 

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I decided to fill in some blanks based on searches. The only ones that still need filled in are OUCOM, VCOM and WVSOM

AZCOM

Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae

Why do you believe AZCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic medical education you are seeking and why should AZCOM accept you into this year's class?

CCOM

1. Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including the following information:
*Educational history (colleges attended and degrees earned)
*Work history
*College extracurricular activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Community activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Medically related work and volunteer experiences
*Hobbies and nonacademic interests

2. Attach a response to the following questions (500 words or fewer):
Why are you seeking a career in osteopathic medicine, and why do you believe CCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic education you are seeking.?

DMU-COM

Des Moines University doesn't have an "essay prompt". Their secondary application is really simple and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. They will use your aacomas essay.

KCOM

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to KCOM?

What specific experience/exposure have you had with osteopathic medicine? How has this influenced your decision to become an osteopathic physician?

KCUMB (aka UHS-COM)

In what extracurricular, community/volunteer or vocational acitivities did you participate while in college?

List any other information you believe is pertinent to your application such as, but not limited to, motivation for applying to KCUMB, qualities you have to offer, uniqueness, leadership roles, life experiences, etc.

LECOM (both)

Write a personal essay describing yourself and the qualities you possess that will make you a successful osteopathic physician

Explain or describe any clinical and/or health relates experiences you have had, include extracurricular, school and community activities.

MSU-COM

There is only one essay, but a big thing of "nonacademic experiences". Also, a few statements you have to sign, a form for your evaluators to fill out (form is mandatory - letters not accepted in lieu of the form), and you have to send one original and two copies of the whole shebang back via snail mail.

Essay:
Describe a personal experience or ethical challenge you have faced that has influenced the development of your character. How has this experience helped you to develop specific skills and/or abilities that are essential to becoming an osteopathic physician?

Please list and describe your experiences in the following categories. Be sure to include any high school activities. Attach additional pages if necessary. You may construct your responses on separate sheets following the format given. Attach your responses to the original form; include your name, social security number, and e-mail address at the top of each page. Enclose two copies with your secondary application. A resume will not be accepted in place of the form.
1. Paid work experiences
2. Volunteer Experience. Volunteer work is anything you have done for which you haven’t been paid from which an individual, group or organization benefited. Record experiences chronologically beginning with your high school years. Remember to include activities initiated through your workplace, a professional club or organization, an athletic team, an armed services unit or a religious institution. (Note: Shadowing experience should be listed under #3 – Extracurricular activities.)
3. Extracurricular Activities. (Sports, shadowing, clubs, offices held, professional and/or service organizations, etc.)
4. Academic Activities. Please describe any scholarships, fellowships, and/or awards you have received. Also describe research activities such as grant-funded projects, publications, or poster presentations. Where possible, give dates, college or university, and sponsoring agency, if applicable


The format for the experiences is also pretty strict. Position/Organization; Beginning Date; Ending Date; Total Hours; Duties/Responsibilities.

NSU-COM

Just general questions:
past employment, health-care related activities (list), which DO and MD schools you're applying to, and if you've ever matriculated into an MD or DO program

NYCOM

Only given out to those invited for interview.
Basically:
Why NYCOM?
Why osteopathic medicine?

OSU-COM

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic education?

It is assumed that on your AACOMAS application you stated your reasons for wanting to become an osteopathic physician. Please summarize these reasons in the space below and then respond to the other questions.

Why do you wish to attend the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine?

What unique characteristics, abilities, or skills will you bring to the college and to the osteopathic profession?

OUCOM

PCOM (both)

Please attach a brief statement indicating why you wish to become an osteopathic physician. Indicate specific reasons for why you want to attend PCOM.

What health related experiences have you had? (not really an essay but its really the only other question that is asked.)

PCSCOM

Attach a separate sheet stating why you should be selected for training as a primary care, rural osteopathic physician.

TCOM

1) In your own words, explain the concept of osteopathic medicine as you understand it.

2) What experiences and/or relationships have motivated you toward a career in osteopathic medicine?

3) Are any of your family members osteopathic physicians?

If you attended more than two colleges/universities, explain why.

Explain EACH repeated course and withdrawal of coursework in your academic record.

Explain any significant changes in your career goals since you earned your bachelor's degree, particularly if a period of three years or more has passed since this degree was granted.

If applicable, please update the information contained on your TMDSAS application. Indicate any additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, additions to your extracurricular activities, name change, or anything else you feel the Admissions Committee should know.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST: Begin with the score from your first MCAT; include any repeats within the past 5 years.

IV. FOR TCOM REAPPLICANTS ONLY

Since your last application to TCOM, explain what you have done to strengthen your application. Note all relevant academic, employment, medically related, and personal experiences; please be specific.

An additional evaluation letter may be submitted directly to UNTHSC/TCOM Office of Admissions and Outreach by the evaluator. A letter from an osteopathic physician is highly recommended. Please indicate the name of the evaluator and whether or not they are a D.O.

Did you live in a single parent household?
If yes, number of years/months:

Number of Years:

Number of Months:
Do you consider yourself financially disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

Do you consider yourself educationally disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

How might your background and experience enhance the diversity of our student body or the medical profession? You might discuss perspectives or experiences relating to socioeconomic disadvantage, foreign language skills, race, ethnicity, community service, previous career experience, hardships and adversities overcome or other unique personal life experiences. You might also discuss atypical career goals, educational background, or special talents or skills.

TUCOM

Describe the personal characteristics you possess and the life experiences you have had that would contribute to your becoming an outstanding osteopathic physician. Please include information that will enable the admissions committee to understand your unique qualities.

UMDNJ-COM

Please discuss your preparation for medical school, both academic and non-academic. Describe both strengths and weaknesses associated with your preparation for medical school. Please use the back of this page or attach a separate sheet of paper if additional space is needed.

UNECOM

Present a written statement telling why you wish to become an Osteopathic Physician, why you wish to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and any additional information you feel the College should know about you in order to aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application.

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to UNECOM?

Please comment briefly on how you became aware of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe any contact you may have had with medicine and health care delivery

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic medical education?

List extra-curricular activities/interests

VCOM

Western U/COMP

http://www.westernu.edu/bin/admissi.../DOSUPP2010.pdf

Describe your motivation for training as an osteopathic physician. Comment specifically on your academic performance and potential for study in Osteopathic Medicine.

Describe the qualities that you possess that will make you a good osteopathic physician.

What criteria did you take into consideration in applying to WesternU/COMP?

Describe your participation in community service activities in a medically underserved or economically disadvantaged community.

WVSOM
 

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I am going to link to this from the FAQ sticky so it is available. Thanks for filling in the blanks :)
 

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Just added the link to the LECOM-B secondary, so you can see the entire secondary app.

AZCOM

Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae

Why do you believe AZCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic medical education you are seeking and why should AZCOM accept you into this year's class?

CCOM

1. Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including the following information:
*Educational history (colleges attended and degrees earned)
*Work history
*College extracurricular activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Community activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Medically related work and volunteer experiences
*Hobbies and nonacademic interests

2. Attach a response to the following questions (500 words or fewer):
Why are you seeking a career in osteopathic medicine, and why do you believe CCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic education you are seeking.?

DMU-COM

Des Moines University doesn't have an "essay prompt". Their secondary application is really simple and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. They will use your aacomas essay.

KCOM

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to KCOM?

What specific experience/exposure have you had with osteopathic medicine? How has this influenced your decision to become an osteopathic physician?

KCUMB (aka UHS-COM)

In what extracurricular, community/volunteer or vocational acitivities did you participate while in college?

List any other information you believe is pertinent to your application such as, but not limited to, motivation for applying to KCUMB, qualities you have to offer, uniqueness, leadership roles, life experiences, etc.

LECOM (both)

http://www.lecom.edu/lecom/application/Bradentonsuppapp.pdf

Write a personal essay describing yourself and the qualities you possess that will make you a successful osteopathic physician

Explain or describe any clinical and/or health relates experiences you have had, include extracurricular, school and community activities.

MSU-COM

There is only one essay, but a big thing of "nonacademic experiences". Also, a few statements you have to sign, a form for your evaluators to fill out (form is mandatory - letters not accepted in lieu of the form), and you have to send one original and two copies of the whole shebang back via snail mail.

Essay:
Describe a personal experience or ethical challenge you have faced that has influenced the development of your character. How has this experience helped you to develop specific skills and/or abilities that are essential to becoming an osteopathic physician?

Please list and describe your experiences in the following categories. Be sure to include any high school activities. Attach additional pages if necessary. You may construct your responses on separate sheets following the format given. Attach your responses to the original form; include your name, social security number, and e-mail address at the top of each page. Enclose two copies with your secondary application. A resume will not be accepted in place of the form.
1. Paid work experiences
2. Volunteer Experience. Volunteer work is anything you have done for which you haven’t been paid from which an individual, group or organization benefited. Record experiences chronologically beginning with your high school years. Remember to include activities initiated through your workplace, a professional club or organization, an athletic team, an armed services unit or a religious institution. (Note: Shadowing experience should be listed under #3 – Extracurricular activities.)
3. Extracurricular Activities. (Sports, shadowing, clubs, offices held, professional and/or service organizations, etc.)
4. Academic Activities. Please describe any scholarships, fellowships, and/or awards you have received. Also describe research activities such as grant-funded projects, publications, or poster presentations. Where possible, give dates, college or university, and sponsoring agency, if applicable


The format for the experiences is also pretty strict. Position/Organization; Beginning Date; Ending Date; Total Hours; Duties/Responsibilities.

NSU-COM

Just general questions:
past employment, health-care related activities (list), which DO and MD schools you're applying to, and if you've ever matriculated into an MD or DO program

NYCOM

Only given out to those invited for interview.
Basically:
Why NYCOM?
Why osteopathic medicine?

OSU-COM

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic education?

It is assumed that on your AACOMAS application you stated your reasons for wanting to become an osteopathic physician. Please summarize these reasons in the space below and then respond to the other questions.

Why do you wish to attend the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine?

What unique characteristics, abilities, or skills will you bring to the college and to the osteopathic profession?

OUCOM

PCOM (both)

Please attach a brief statement indicating why you wish to become an osteopathic physician. Indicate specific reasons for why you want to attend PCOM.

What health related experiences have you had? (not really an essay but its really the only other question that is asked.)

PCSCOM

Attach a separate sheet stating why you should be selected for training as a primary care, rural osteopathic physician.

TCOM

1) In your own words, explain the concept of osteopathic medicine as you understand it.

2) What experiences and/or relationships have motivated you toward a career in osteopathic medicine?

3) Are any of your family members osteopathic physicians?

If you attended more than two colleges/universities, explain why.

Explain EACH repeated course and withdrawal of coursework in your academic record.

Explain any significant changes in your career goals since you earned your bachelor's degree, particularly if a period of three years or more has passed since this degree was granted.

If applicable, please update the information contained on your TMDSAS application. Indicate any additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, additions to your extracurricular activities, name change, or anything else you feel the Admissions Committee should know.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST: Begin with the score from your first MCAT; include any repeats within the past 5 years.

IV. FOR TCOM REAPPLICANTS ONLY

Since your last application to TCOM, explain what you have done to strengthen your application. Note all relevant academic, employment, medically related, and personal experiences; please be specific.

An additional evaluation letter may be submitted directly to UNTHSC/TCOM Office of Admissions and Outreach by the evaluator. A letter from an osteopathic physician is highly recommended. Please indicate the name of the evaluator and whether or not they are a D.O.

Did you live in a single parent household?
If yes, number of years/months:

Number of Years:

Number of Months:
Do you consider yourself financially disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

Do you consider yourself educationally disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

How might your background and experience enhance the diversity of our student body or the medical profession? You might discuss perspectives or experiences relating to socioeconomic disadvantage, foreign language skills, race, ethnicity, community service, previous career experience, hardships and adversities overcome or other unique personal life experiences. You might also discuss atypical career goals, educational background, or special talents or skills.

TUCOM

Describe the personal characteristics you possess and the life experiences you have had that would contribute to your becoming an outstanding osteopathic physician. Please include information that will enable the admissions committee to understand your unique qualities.

UMDNJ-COM

Please discuss your preparation for medical school, both academic and non-academic. Describe both strengths and weaknesses associated with your preparation for medical school. Please use the back of this page or attach a separate sheet of paper if additional space is needed.

UNECOM

Present a written statement telling why you wish to become an Osteopathic Physician, why you wish to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and any additional information you feel the College should know about you in order to aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application.

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to UNECOM?

Please comment briefly on how you became aware of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe any contact you may have had with medicine and health care delivery

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic medical education?

List extra-curricular activities/interests

VCOM

Western U/COMP

http://www.westernu.edu/bin/admissi.../DOSUPP2010.pdf

Describe your motivation for training as an osteopathic physician. Comment specifically on your academic performance and potential for study in Osteopathic Medicine.

Describe the qualities that you possess that will make you a good osteopathic physician.

What criteria did you take into consideration in applying to WesternU/COMP?

Describe your participation in community service activities in a medically underserved or economically disadvantaged community.

WVSOM
 

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These secondaries should start up again in a couple months.
 

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Packamylase said:
These secondaries should start up again in a couple months.

Does anyone have the secondary prompts for OU or for WVSOM?
 

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awesome post! thanks for the help!!! (also, bump!)
 

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Just wanted to get a general idea, has anyone started and/or finished their secondaries for any of the schools? If so, how many of them? Thanks.
 

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MD Rapper said:
AZCOM

Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae

Why do you believe AZCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic medical education you are seeking and why should AZCOM accept you into this year's class?

CCOM

DMU-COM

Des Moines University doesn't have an "essay prompt". Their secondary application is really simple and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. They will use your aacomas essay.

KCOM

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to KCOM?

What specific experience/exposure have you had with osteopathic medicine? How has this influenced your decision to become an osteopathic physician?

KCUMB (aka UHS-COM)

LECOM

LECOM-FL

MSU-COM

There is only one essay, but a big thing of "nonacademic experiences". Also, a few statements you have to sign, a form for your evaluators to fill out (form is mandatory - letters not accepted in lieu of the form), and you have to send one original and two copies of the whole shebang back via snail mail.

Essay:
Describe a personal experience or ethical challenge you have faced that has influenced the development of your character. How has this experience helped you to develop specific skills and/or abilities that are essential to becoming an osteopathic physician?

Please list and describe your experiences in the following categories. Be sure to include any high school activities. Attach additional pages if necessary. You may construct your responses on separate sheets following the format given. Attach your responses to the original form; include your name, social security number, and e-mail address at the top of each page. Enclose two copies with your secondary application. A resume will not be accepted in place of the form.
1. Paid work experiences
2. Volunteer Experience. Volunteer work is anything you have done for which you haven’t been paid from which an individual, group or organization benefited. Record experiences chronologically beginning with your high school years. Remember to include activities initiated through your workplace, a professional club or organization, an athletic team, an armed services unit or a religious institution. (Note: Shadowing experience should be listed under #3 – Extracurricular activities.)
3. Extracurricular Activities. (Sports, shadowing, clubs, offices held, professional and/or service organizations, etc.)
4. Academic Activities. Please describe any scholarships, fellowships, and/or awards you have received. Also describe research activities such as grant-funded projects, publications, or poster presentations. Where possible, give dates, college or university, and sponsoring agency, if applicable


The format for the experiences is also pretty strict. Position/Organization; Beginning Date; Ending Date; Total Hours; Duties/Responsibilities.

NSU-COM

NYCOM

OSU-COM

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic education?

It is assumed that on your AACOMAS application you stated your reasons for wanting to become an osteopathic physician. Please summarize these reasons in the space below and then respond to the other questions.

Why do you wish to attend the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine?

What unique characteristics, abilities, or skills will you bring to the college and to the osteopathic profession?

OUCOM

PCOM

Please attach a brief statement indicating why you wish to become an osteopathic physician. Indicate specific reasons for why you want to attend PCOM.

What health related experiences have you had? (not really an essay but its really the only other question that is asked.)

PCOM-Atlanta

PCSCOM

Attach a separate sheet stating why you should be selected for training as a primary care, rural osteopathic physician.

TCOM

1) In your own words, explain the concept of osteopathic medicine as you understand it.

2) What experiences and/or relationships have motivated you toward a career in osteopathic medicine?

3) Are any of your family members osteopathic physicians?

If you attended more than two colleges/universities, explain why.

Explain EACH repeated course and withdrawal of coursework in your academic record.

Explain any significant changes in your career goals since you earned your bachelor's degree, particularly if a period of three years or more has passed since this degree was granted.

If applicable, please update the information contained on your TMDSAS application. Indicate any additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, additions to your extracurricular activities, name change, or anything else you feel the Admissions Committee should know.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST: Begin with the score from your first MCAT; include any repeats within the past 5 years.

IV. FOR TCOM REAPPLICANTS ONLY

Since your last application to TCOM, explain what you have done to strengthen your application. Note all relevant academic, employment, medically related, and personal experiences; please be specific.

An additional evaluation letter may be submitted directly to UNTHSC/TCOM Office of Admissions and Outreach by the evaluator. A letter from an osteopathic physician is highly recommended. Please indicate the name of the evaluator and whether or not they are a D.O.

Did you live in a single parent household?
If yes, number of years/months:

Number of Years:

Number of Months:
Do you consider yourself financially disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

Do you consider yourself educationally disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

How might your background and experience enhance the diversity of our student body or the medical profession? You might discuss perspectives or experiences relating to socioeconomic disadvantage, foreign language skills, race, ethnicity, community service, previous career experience, hardships and adversities overcome or other unique personal life experiences. You might also discuss atypical career goals, educational background, or special talents or skills.

TUCOM

Describe the personal characteristics you possess and the life experiences you have had that would contribute to your becoming an outstanding osteopathic physician. Please include information that will enable the admissions committee to understand your unique qualities.

TUCOM-NV

UMDNJ-COM

UNECOM

Present a written statement telling why you wish to become an Osteopathic Physician, why you wish to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and any additional information you feel the College should know about you in order to aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application.

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to UNECOM?

Please comment briefly on how you became aware of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe any contact you may have had with medicine and health care delivery

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic medical education?

List extra-curricular activities/interests

VCOM

Western U/COMP

http://www.westernu.edu/bin/admissions/DO/DOSUPP2010.pdf

Describe your motivation for training as an osteopathic physician. Comment specifically on your academic performance and potential for study in Osteopathic Medicine.

Describe the qualities that you possess that will make you a good osteopathic physician.

What criteria did you take into consideration in applying to WesternU/COMP?

Describe your participation in community service activities in a medically underserved or economically disadvantaged community.

WVSOM
I'm not sure how we know the TUCOM essay if its not on the website yet. The 2006 one doesn't have anything that extensive. Its only a few sentences for each section.
 

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heyimnick said:
Just wanted to get a general idea, has anyone started and/or finished their secondaries for any of the schools? If so, how many of them? Thanks.

If I have some free time, I may try to work on these secondaries before they arrive. That will probably help if I get 5+ at one time.
 

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HunterGatherer said:
I thnk these are all from last year and the assumption is that there will not be changes.
Okay. That makes sense, but I just read Tuoro's application from last year and it is not that extensive. I almost wrote an essay even though they gave only a few lines for responses. I'm not going to worry about it right now.
 

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Trabada said:
did you guys already get secondaries? or these are from year of 2006?

Secondaries have not arrived, yet, but many times, secondaries don't change a lot from year-to-year, so people are just looking ahead.
 

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just a general question: are you guys approaching this essay much like the personal statement? or is this more of a direct "reply to the prompt"?

i'm trying to figure out if there is a certain style that needs to be implemented for the secondary.
 

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I talked to Megan Price last Wednesday and she said the secondaries would be online by the end of the week (meaning last Friday). It was still not up today. Anyway, here are the questions from last year's app. Hope it helps.

CLINICAL OR HEALTH FIELD RELATED EXPERIENCES
Please list below any clinical or health field related experiences and volunteer
activities beginning with the most recent. Be sure to include location (site, city, state), dates of experience (month/year, hours/week), and description of experience.

ESSAY QUESTIONS
What qualities do you feel you bring to VCOM that would enhance the overall
climate of our college?

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct practice with parallels to allopathic medicine. Why do you desire to enter the field of osteopathic medicine?

There are many problems facing healthcare in America today. Describe what you feel are the most important and what you, as an osteopathic physician, would do to help find the solutions.

Did you submit an application to VCOM last year? If so, please explain how you improved your application.
 

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vt hokie said:
I talked to Megan Price last Wednesday and she said the secondaries would be online by the end of the week (meaning last Friday). It was still not up today. Anyway, here are the questions from last year's app. Hope it helps.

CLINICAL OR HEALTH FIELD RELATED EXPERIENCES
Please list below any clinical or health field related experiences and volunteer
activities beginning with the most recent. Be sure to include location (site, city, state), dates of experience (month/year, hours/week), and description of experience.

ESSAY QUESTIONS
What qualities do you feel you bring to VCOM that would enhance the overall
climate of our college?

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct practice with parallels to allopathic medicine. Why do you desire to enter the field of osteopathic medicine?

There are many problems facing healthcare in America today. Describe what you feel are the most important and what you, as an osteopathic physician, would do to help find the solutions.

Did you submit an application to VCOM last year? If so, please explain how you improved your application.

Thanks, Hokie! Go Hokies!
 

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heyimnick said:
Just wanted to get a general idea, has anyone started and/or finished their secondaries for any of the schools? If so, how many of them? Thanks.

I received around 8 secondaries since the 7/24, and I'm struggling to write the essays. So far only one secondary is ready to be mailed out. I'm a slow writer so I might not get them in until later.
 

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heyimnick said:
Just wanted to get a general idea, has anyone started and/or finished their secondaries for any of the schools? If so, how many of them? Thanks.
I've gotten six, completed three, and one interview (uncompleted secondary at the time).
 

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HemaOncoDoc said:
I've gotten six, completed three, and one interview (uncompleted secondary at the time).
what school gave you an interview slot without paying them the money or submitting the secondary? lucky!!
 

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what school gave you an interview slot without paying them the money or submitting the secondary? lucky!!
Western University sends its secondary to a select population at the same time as an interview invite. So, in essence, my interview was set before I submitted the secondary.
 

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hey HOD,
Thanks for the words of encouragement on MDapps :cool: . This week I'm aiming to sent out all the secondaries I have received so far. I'm moving into school for RA training on Sunday so I have to get them done before then.
 

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Does anyone know how long the essays suppost to be for these secondaries?
 

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DRKUBA said:
hey HOD,
Thanks for the words of encouragement on MDapps :cool: . This week I'm aiming to sent out all the secondaries I have received so far. I'm moving into school for RA training on Sunday so I have to get them done before then.
Yikes...that's quite an endeavor. Best of luck on that. Be thorough!
 

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Does anyone know how long the essays suppost to be for these secondaries?
Depends on the essay. Some of them give you a limited space (the blank area of the page), while others give you a character/word count. A word of caution though. Do not write so much. On average, they take two to three minutes to read the essay. If you don't capture their attention by then, they get bored. They do have to read dozens of essays everyday...
 

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Depends on the essay. Some of them give you a limited space (the blank area of the page), while others give you a character/word count. A word of caution though. Do not write so much. On average, they take two to three minutes to read the essay. If you don't capture their attention by then, they get bored. They do have to read dozens of essays everyday...



Thanks for the tip. I will try to be short and sweet! :)
 

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On a few of these there aren't any character limits listed...anyone know what they are for each secondary?
 

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are any of these for combined bs/do programs?
 

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Bump.

A glimpse into the future for those applying this cycle. Post #6 has the most up-to-date list, as far as I know.
 

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Excellent idea for a thread. Thanks for staring it MDrapper!
 

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AZCOM

Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae

Why do you believe AZCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic medical education you are seeking and why should AZCOM accept you into this year's class?

CCOM

1. Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including the following information:
*Educational history (colleges attended and degrees earned)
*Work history
*College extracurricular activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Community activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Medically related work and volunteer experiences
*Hobbies and nonacademic interests

2. Attach a response to the following questions (500 words or fewer):
Why are you seeking a career in osteopathic medicine, and why do you believe CCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic education you are seeking.?

DCOM

http://www.lmunet.edu/dcom/pdfs/supplemental_application.pdf

Applicants are required to write two short essays addressing the following questions:

1) What personal qualities do you believe you possess that will make you a successful osteopathic physician?

2) Which experiences and people have inspired you to become an osteopathic physician?

DMU-COM

Des Moines University doesn't have an "essay prompt". Their secondary application is really simple and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. They will use your aacomas essay.

KCOM

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to KCOM?

What specific experience/exposure have you had with osteopathic medicine? How has this influenced your decision to become an osteopathic physician?

KCUMB (aka UHS-COM)

In what extracurricular, community/volunteer or vocational acitivities did you participate while in college?

List any other information you believe is pertinent to your application such as, but not limited to, motivation for applying to KCUMB, qualities you have to offer, uniqueness, leadership roles, life experiences, etc.

LECOM (both)

http://www.lecom.edu/lecom/application/Bradentonsuppapp.pdf

Write a personal essay describing yourself and the qualities you possess that will make you a successful osteopathic physician

Explain or describe any clinical and/or health relates experiences you have had, include extracurricular, school and community activities.

MSU-COM

There is only one essay, but a big thing of "nonacademic experiences". Also, a few statements you have to sign, a form for your evaluators to fill out (form is mandatory - letters not accepted in lieu of the form), and you have to send one original and two copies of the whole shebang back via snail mail.

Essay:
Describe a personal experience or ethical challenge you have faced that has influenced the development of your character. How has this experience helped you to develop specific skills and/or abilities that are essential to becoming an osteopathic physician?

Please list and describe your experiences in the following categories. Be sure to include any high school activities. Attach additional pages if necessary. You may construct your responses on separate sheets following the format given. Attach your responses to the original form; include your name, social security number, and e-mail address at the top of each page. Enclose two copies with your secondary application. A resume will not be accepted in place of the form.
1. Paid work experiences
2. Volunteer Experience. Volunteer work is anything you have done for which you haven’t been paid from which an individual, group or organization benefited. Record experiences chronologically beginning with your high school years. Remember to include activities initiated through your workplace, a professional club or organization, an athletic team, an armed services unit or a religious institution. (Note: Shadowing experience should be listed under #3 – Extracurricular activities.)
3. Extracurricular Activities. (Sports, shadowing, clubs, offices held, professional and/or service organizations, etc.)
4. Academic Activities. Please describe any scholarships, fellowships, and/or awards you have received. Also describe research activities such as grant-funded projects, publications, or poster presentations. Where possible, give dates, college or university, and sponsoring agency, if applicable


The format for the experiences is also pretty strict. Position/Organization; Beginning Date; Ending Date; Total Hours; Duties/Responsibilities.

NSU-COM

Just general questions:
past employment, health-care related activities (list), which DO and MD schools you're applying to, and if you've ever matriculated into an MD or DO program

NYCOM

Only given out to those invited for interview.
Basically:
Why NYCOM?
Why osteopathic medicine?

OSU-COM

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic education?

It is assumed that on your AACOMAS application you stated your reasons for wanting to become an osteopathic physician. Please summarize these reasons in the space below and then respond to the other questions.

Why do you wish to attend the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine?

What unique characteristics, abilities, or skills will you bring to the college and to the osteopathic profession?

OUCOM

PCOM (both)

Please attach a brief statement indicating why you wish to become an osteopathic physician. Indicate specific reasons for why you want to attend PCOM.

What health related experiences have you had? (not really an essay but its really the only other question that is asked.)

PCSCOM

Attach a separate sheet stating why you should be selected for training as a primary care, rural osteopathic physician.

TCOM

1) In your own words, explain the concept of osteopathic medicine as you understand it.

2) What experiences and/or relationships have motivated you toward a career in osteopathic medicine?

3) Are any of your family members osteopathic physicians?

If you attended more than two colleges/universities, explain why.

Explain EACH repeated course and withdrawal of coursework in your academic record.

Explain any significant changes in your career goals since you earned your bachelor's degree, particularly if a period of three years or more has passed since this degree was granted.

If applicable, please update the information contained on your TMDSAS application. Indicate any additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, additions to your extracurricular activities, name change, or anything else you feel the Admissions Committee should know.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST: Begin with the score from your first MCAT; include any repeats within the past 5 years.

IV. FOR TCOM REAPPLICANTS ONLY

Since your last application to TCOM, explain what you have done to strengthen your application. Note all relevant academic, employment, medically related, and personal experiences; please be specific.

An additional evaluation letter may be submitted directly to UNTHSC/TCOM Office of Admissions and Outreach by the evaluator. A letter from an osteopathic physician is highly recommended. Please indicate the name of the evaluator and whether or not they are a D.O.

Did you live in a single parent household?
If yes, number of years/months:

Number of Years:

Number of Months:
Do you consider yourself financially disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

Do you consider yourself educationally disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

How might your background and experience enhance the diversity of our student body or the medical profession? You might discuss perspectives or experiences relating to socioeconomic disadvantage, foreign language skills, race, ethnicity, community service, previous career experience, hardships and adversities overcome or other unique personal life experiences. You might also discuss atypical career goals, educational background, or special talents or skills.

TUCOM

Describe the personal characteristics you possess and the life experiences you have had that would contribute to your becoming an outstanding osteopathic physician. Please include information that will enable the admissions committee to understand your unique qualities.

UMDNJ-COM

Please discuss your preparation for medical school, both academic and non-academic. Describe both strengths and weaknesses associated with your preparation for medical school. Please use the back of this page or attach a separate sheet of paper if additional space is needed.

UNECOM

Present a written statement telling why you wish to become an Osteopathic Physician, why you wish to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and any additional information you feel the College should know about you in order to aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application.

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to UNECOM?

Please comment briefly on how you became aware of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe any contact you may have had with medicine and health care delivery

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic medical education?

List extra-curricular activities/interests

VCOM

Western U/COMP

http://www.westernu.edu/bin/admissi.../DOSUPP2010.pdf

Describe your motivation for training as an osteopathic physician. Comment specifically on your academic performance and potential for study in Osteopathic Medicine.

Describe the qualities that you possess that will make you a good osteopathic physician.

What criteria did you take into consideration in applying to WesternU/COMP?

Describe your participation in community service activities in a medically underserved or economically disadvantaged community.

WVSOM
 

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AZCOM

Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae

Why do you believe AZCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic medical education you are seeking and why should AZCOM accept you into this year's class?

CCOM

1. Attach a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including the following information:
*Educational history (colleges attended and degrees earned)
*Work history
*College extracurricular activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Community activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
*Medically related work and volunteer experiences
*Hobbies and nonacademic interests

2. Attach a response to the following questions (500 words or fewer):
Why are you seeking a career in osteopathic medicine, and why do you believe CCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic education you are seeking.?

DCOM

http://www.lmunet.edu/dcom/pdfs/supplemental_application.pdf

Applicants are required to write two short essays addressing the following questions:

1) What personal qualities do you believe you possess that will make you a successful osteopathic physician?

2) Which experiences and people have inspired you to become an osteopathic physician?

DMU-COM

Des Moines University doesn't have an "essay prompt". Their secondary application is really simple and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. They will use your aacomas essay.

KCOM

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to KCOM?

What specific experience/exposure have you had with osteopathic medicine? How has this influenced your decision to become an osteopathic physician?

KCUMB (aka UHS-COM)

In what extracurricular, community/volunteer or vocational acitivities did you participate while in college?

List any other information you believe is pertinent to your application such as, but not limited to, motivation for applying to KCUMB, qualities you have to offer, uniqueness, leadership roles, life experiences, etc.

LECOM (both)

http://www.lecom.edu/lecom/application/Bradentonsuppapp.pdf

Write a personal essay describing yourself and the qualities you possess that will make you a successful osteopathic physician

Explain or describe any clinical and/or health relates experiences you have had, include extracurricular, school and community activities.

MSU-COM

There is only one essay, but a big thing of "nonacademic experiences". Also, a few statements you have to sign, a form for your evaluators to fill out (form is mandatory - letters not accepted in lieu of the form), and you have to send one original and two copies of the whole shebang back via snail mail.

Essay:
Describe a personal experience or ethical challenge you have faced that has influenced the development of your character. How has this experience helped you to develop specific skills and/or abilities that are essential to becoming an osteopathic physician?

Please list and describe your experiences in the following categories. Be sure to include any high school activities. Attach additional pages if necessary. You may construct your responses on separate sheets following the format given. Attach your responses to the original form; include your name, social security number, and e-mail address at the top of each page. Enclose two copies with your secondary application. A resume will not be accepted in place of the form.
1. Paid work experiences
2. Volunteer Experience. Volunteer work is anything you have done for which you haven’t been paid from which an individual, group or organization benefited. Record experiences chronologically beginning with your high school years. Remember to include activities initiated through your workplace, a professional club or organization, an athletic team, an armed services unit or a religious institution. (Note: Shadowing experience should be listed under #3 – Extracurricular activities.)
3. Extracurricular Activities. (Sports, shadowing, clubs, offices held, professional and/or service organizations, etc.)
4. Academic Activities. Please describe any scholarships, fellowships, and/or awards you have received. Also describe research activities such as grant-funded projects, publications, or poster presentations. Where possible, give dates, college or university, and sponsoring agency, if applicable


The format for the experiences is also pretty strict. Position/Organization; Beginning Date; Ending Date; Total Hours; Duties/Responsibilities.

NSU-COM

Just general questions:
past employment, health-care related activities (list), which DO and MD schools you're applying to, and if you've ever matriculated into an MD or DO program

NYCOM

Only given out to those invited for interview.
Basically:
Why NYCOM?
Why osteopathic medicine?

OSU-COM

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic education?

It is assumed that on your AACOMAS application you stated your reasons for wanting to become an osteopathic physician. Please summarize these reasons in the space below and then respond to the other questions.

Why do you wish to attend the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine?

What unique characteristics, abilities, or skills will you bring to the college and to the osteopathic profession?

OUCOM

PCOM (both)

Please attach a brief statement indicating why you wish to become an osteopathic physician. Indicate specific reasons for why you want to attend PCOM.

What health related experiences have you had? (not really an essay but its really the only other question that is asked.)

PCSCOM

Attach a separate sheet stating why you should be selected for training as a primary care, rural osteopathic physician.

TCOM

1) In your own words, explain the concept of osteopathic medicine as you understand it.

2) What experiences and/or relationships have motivated you toward a career in osteopathic medicine?

3) Are any of your family members osteopathic physicians?

If you attended more than two colleges/universities, explain why.

Explain EACH repeated course and withdrawal of coursework in your academic record.

Explain any significant changes in your career goals since you earned your bachelor's degree, particularly if a period of three years or more has passed since this degree was granted.

If applicable, please update the information contained on your TMDSAS application. Indicate any additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, additions to your extracurricular activities, name change, or anything else you feel the Admissions Committee should know.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST: Begin with the score from your first MCAT; include any repeats within the past 5 years.

IV. FOR TCOM REAPPLICANTS ONLY

Since your last application to TCOM, explain what you have done to strengthen your application. Note all relevant academic, employment, medically related, and personal experiences; please be specific.

An additional evaluation letter may be submitted directly to UNTHSC/TCOM Office of Admissions and Outreach by the evaluator. A letter from an osteopathic physician is highly recommended. Please indicate the name of the evaluator and whether or not they are a D.O.

Did you live in a single parent household?
If yes, number of years/months:

Number of Years:

Number of Months:
Do you consider yourself financially disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

Do you consider yourself educationally disadvantaged?
If yes, please explain.

How might your background and experience enhance the diversity of our student body or the medical profession? You might discuss perspectives or experiences relating to socioeconomic disadvantage, foreign language skills, race, ethnicity, community service, previous career experience, hardships and adversities overcome or other unique personal life experiences. You might also discuss atypical career goals, educational background, or special talents or skills.

TUCOM

Describe the personal characteristics you possess and the life experiences you have had that would contribute to your becoming an outstanding osteopathic physician. Please include information that will enable the admissions committee to understand your unique qualities.

UMDNJ-COM

Please discuss your preparation for medical school, both academic and non-academic. Describe both strengths and weaknesses associated with your preparation for medical school. Please use the back of this page or attach a separate sheet of paper if additional space is needed.

UNECOM

Present a written statement telling why you wish to become an Osteopathic Physician, why you wish to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and any additional information you feel the College should know about you in order to aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application.

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to UNECOM?

Please comment briefly on how you became aware of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe any contact you may have had with medicine and health care delivery

How do you plan to finance your osteopathic medical education?

List extra-curricular activities/interests

VCOM

Western U/COMP

http://www.westernu.edu/bin/admissi.../DOSUPP2010.pdf

Describe your motivation for training as an osteopathic physician. Comment specifically on your academic performance and potential for study in Osteopathic Medicine.

Describe the qualities that you possess that will make you a good osteopathic physician.

What criteria did you take into consideration in applying to WesternU/COMP?

Describe your participation in community service activities in a medically underserved or economically disadvantaged community.

WVSOM

SOMA

1) Briefly describe your motivation for participating in the activities you have described in the clinical, volunteer, and community service section, and any effect these experiences have had on you personally.

2) How does your character, qualities and experiences distinguish your ability to serve in underprivileged communities?
 
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