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Texas - TCOM Application

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Texas Sam, May 16, 2000.

  1. Texas Sam

    Texas Sam Junior Member
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    Hey Everyone,

    I am currently filling out my TCOM application. This year, they are trying something new. They have merged their application process with the Texas Med School Application system. This presents students with a little dilemma. How does one go about tailoring an essay towards osteopathic medicine when all the other schools that will be reading the essay are Allopathic? I have written my first draft with the focus on primary care. I would definitely prefer to be an osteopath although I would not frown at an acceptance letter from a Texas allopathic school either. Any advice?

    Texas Sam
     
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  3. reed99

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    Agreed. Emphasize in your application essay your general interest in medicine, etc. You can specify your interest in osteopathic medicine in your secondaries...

    I will tell you a funny story: A classmate of mine, in a frantic rush to get his applications in on time, mixed up his essays and sent the osteopathically-oriented essays to all the MD schools and the "regular essay" to DO schools he was applying to that year. He ended up with 4 MD interviews and 3 DO interviews. At one of his MD interviews, the interviewer said, "Oh, so I see you want to be an osteopath...that's great! Tell me about your interest in osteopathic medicine." At his DO interviews, the interviewer didn't ask a single specific question about being an MD or a DO. He was accepted at both...so maybe they really don't read those essays TOO closely...

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  5. Texas Sam

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    Thanks for the suggestions!!
    Ruth, I have been shadowing / working for free for an osteopath in Fort Worth. Very cool. Learning a ton. I put in about 20 hours a week. Osteopathic medicine is definitely where I want to be.
     
  6. DO Boy

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    My essay never even mentioned DO's -- just medicine in general (in my own unique way [​IMG]).

    In my TCOM interviews, I was never asked "why DO"?

    Just food for thought.

    DO Boy
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  7. Texas Sam

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    DO Boy,

    Who did you interview with at TCOM? The Ph.D. that I interviewed with this year never asked me the "why DO" question but the DO that I interviewed with did ask. Interesting.
     
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    My interviews were with Dr. Atkinson of ID and Dr. Lurie, a community health professor.

    My interview experience at TCOM was just like the other medical schools in TX (i.e. why medicine?; What would you do if...; What do u see yourself doing?; etc.)

    I did mention my experience shadowing DO's before though, so it wasn't like osteopathy was never mentioned at all. Still, I only mentioned it once. [​IMG]

    Sorta strange if u ask me.
    DO Boy
     

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