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Should I pursue DO? Career change


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2+ Year Member
Jul 24, 2015
  1. DPT / OTD
I've been contemplating switching careers to a DO. I'm currently graduating with a masters in OT. But I've been having doubts about OT all throughout graduate school. I was drawn to OT due to it's holistic approach to healthcare.... but now that I've found out about DO I would really like to pursue this career change. However, I'm worried that my stats are so bad that I might be wasting my time.

Here's my stats as is
Based off the AACOMAS excel calculator that I found on this forum:
cumulative GPA: 3.414
science GPA: 3.038
undergrad GPA: 2.965
graduate/postbac gpa: 3.906

I haven't taken the MCATs yet, but I'm aiming for at least a 502.

With these stats, would it be worth pursuing DO?
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Jul 15, 2015
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Echoing both statements made by @Siromas above (it's just the MCAT, not MCATs ;).) I would also add that you should try to score a balanced 505+ (relatively similar scores in each section.)

I definitely think you'd get attention from DO schools, especially if you present your story well in your personal statement and secondary essays.. in addition to scoring well on the MCAT.

Make sure you get some DO shadowing in as well (if you haven't already) so you can further convince ADCOMs that you know what you're getting yourself into with the career change.

Good luck!
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if you're interested in the medicine component than yes. Especially if you want something a little more challenging. But it depends on a lot of factors. Consider when you'll be done with medical school/resdency and see if you're willing to wait for that long, since you already finished OT. Look at loans too, of course. And family aspect, do you have/or want a family?The hollistic aspect of DO is a myth for the most part.
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