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Hello everyone!

I am new to this community and was curious as to what you guys think my chances are of getting into osteopathic medical school this cycle. I've been having so much anxiety these past few weeks thinking whether or not I actually have a shot this cycle. If you guys think it's not strong enough, please let me know what I should do to improve it over the cycle!

Stats:

• MCAT: 501
• Cumulative GPA: 3.39
• Science GPA: 3.30
• Non-Science GPA: 3.52

Extracurricular Activities:

Research Assistant (Psychology) - Total Hours: 125
→ Participated in a research study looking at whether a brief recollection intervention will lead to better physical and mental health among individuals above the age of 60.
→ Displayed excellent interpersonal skills while working with a research team to successfully administer experiments.
→ Managed research participants through scheduling, correspondence, paperwork, and task facilitation, maintaining confidentiality throughout.

Research Assistant (Organic Chemistry) - Total Hours: 400
→ Created a library of compounds (chalcones, bis-chalcones, pyrazolines, and bis-pyrazolines) that bear hybrid biological behavior because of their structural similarity to curcuminoids.
→ Refluxed reactions involving terephthaldehyde and substituted acetophenones.
→ Monitored the progress of reactions by thin-layer chromatography.
→ Characterized products upon recrystallization by melting point, infrared radiation, and nuclear magnetic resonance.
→ Extracted organic compounds from solid-phase samples and prepared them for gas chromatography analysis.

President of the Scientific Literature Society - Total Hours: 400
→ Created a space and audience for students to carry out research poster presentations, mock interviews, and argumentative debates surrounding current world events with a focus on the scientific field.

Healthcare Experience:

Shadowing Experience -Total Hours: 140
→ Pediatric Emergency Specialist (M.D.)
→ Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon (M.D.)
→ Interventional Radiologist (M.D.)
→ Mental Health Specialist (M.D.)
→ Ophthalmologist (M.D.)
→ Gastroenterologist (M.D.)
→ Psychiatrist (M.D.)
→ Dermatologist (D.O.)
→ Internist (M.D.)

Healthcare Volunteer - Total Hours: 1100
→ Communicated the needs of patients to nurses and acted as a liaison for the healthcare team.
→ Transported patients to all areas within the hospital.
→ Cleaned equipment, prepared beds, and restocked lab supplies.
→ Maintained patient medical charts and filed medical record forms.
→ Aided patients with filling up prescription orders and assisted nurses in preparing medication for intravenous treatments.
→ Collaborated with other departments throughout the hospital ensuring teamwork and patient satisfaction.

Non-Healthcare Employment:

Private Tutor - Total Hours: 3300
→ Developed and implemented comprehensive lesson plans to accommodate specific type of learners.
→ Enhanced lessons through integration of innovative educational technology.
→ Tutored large number of students in topics ranging from Chemistry to English.

Laboratory Assistant (Organic Chemistry) - Total Hours: 150
→ Leveraged strong planning and time management skills in performing laboratory reconfiguration to accommodate each classes' experimental setup.
→ Demonstrated a high degree of proficiency deciphering independent professors' experimental frameworks, formulations, and methods to produce quality experiments.
→ Highly adept in creating dilutions utilizing irregular quantities of solute/solvent in laboratory classes requiring immediate additional quantities.

Tae Kwon-Do Instructor - Total Hours: 3200
→ Instructed students ages 4-59 in Tae Kwon-Do utilizing studied knowledge of motion through concepts and principles.
→ Motivated and challenged students to help them excel at their own personal goals.
→ Instructed student leadership classes for children to promote motivational attitude, self-confidence, discipline, and esteem.
→ Properly demonstrated self-defense tactics while being technically sound with vocalization.
→ Exercised professional judgement in various situations to ensure requirements were met according to age and rank.
→ Evaluated student performance to determine promotion in rank.

Non-Healthcare Volunteer:

Accompanist - Total Hours: 50
→ Performed with Sudha Ragunathan, one of India's leading Carnatic performers, in a fundraising concert for the Rumbaugh Goodwin Institute of Cancer Research (RGI) to support its training and drug discovery efforts.

Medical School List:

• Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
• California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton Campus)
• Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
• University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
• West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
• William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
 

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You shadowed a lot of specialists! How many primary care hours of shadowing do you have. Seeing as most DO student go into primary care you want to show that you know what you are getting into. Schools love PCP shadowing hours, and not just DO school either.
 

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Do you have a DO letter of recommendation?
I don't have any D.O. letter of recommendation. However, I have a letter from an M.D. that I taught martial arts for 3 years! I've also shadowed him for approximately 50 hours, specifically in pediatric emergency care.
 

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You shadowed a lot of specialists! How many primary care hours of shadowing do you have. Seeing as most DO student go into primary care you want to show that you know what you are getting into. Schools love PCP shadowing hours, and not just DO school either.
I have about 60 shadowing hours in primary care. My goal is actually to go into primary care! I tried to shadow as many different specialists as I could so that I knew exactly what I wanted in this field.
 

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I don't have any D.O. letter of recommendation. However, I have a letter from an M.D. that I taught martial arts for 3 years! I've also shadowed him for approximately 50 hours, specifically in pediatric emergency care.

I would try to get a DO letter. Some schools require it.
 

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Of course! MD schools could care less of your letter is from a MD or DO but I have heard DO schools like DO letters.
Wow, I didn't know that. I thought it wouldn't matter since an M.D. is still a doctor. Other than that, do you think my stats are fine?
 

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I have about 60 shadowing hours in primary care. My goal is actually to go into primary care! I tried to shadow as many different specialists as I could so that I knew exactly what I wanted in this field.
Awesome! Just wanted to make sure there were some solid primary care hours. Ya I agree that a DO letter is top priority to strengthen your application. Besides that you should be good.
 
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Awesome! Just wanted to make sure there were some solid primary care hours. Ya I agree that a DO letter is top priority to strengthen your application. Besides that you should be good.
Okay! Thank you so much! I really appreciate your feedback!
 

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Of course! MD schools could care less of your letter is from a MD or DO but I have heard DO schools like DO letters.

Wow, I didn't know that. I thought it wouldn't matter since an M.D. is still a doctor. Other than that, do you think my stats are fine?

A letter of recommendation from a DO shows that you went the extra mile in terms of research and understanding of osteopathic medicine. Most schools do not specifically require a DO letter, some outwardly state that they recommend it, and very few require it. The fact that you have shadowed a DO is a big plus, especially if you can provide a unique answer to the question, "why osteopathic medicine?"
 

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A letter of recommendation from a DO shows that you went the extra mile in terms of research and understanding of osteopathic medicine. Most schools do not specifically require a DO letter, some outwardly state that they recommend it, and very few require it. The fact that you have shadowed a DO is a big plus, especially if you can provide a unique answer to the question, "why osteopathic medicine?"
That makes sense. Thank you for the explanation!
 

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In addition to the schools you are already applying to I suggest adding these:
UIWSOM
ARCOM
NYIT-Arkansas
PCOM Georgia and South Georgia
VCOM (all 3 schools)
CUSOM
 

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• Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
• California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Bradenton Campus)
• Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
• University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
• West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
• William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

You're fine for any DO program, except the Touros, CCOM and AZCOM.

I can't recommend Nova, Wm Carey, LUCOM, for different reasons. MSUCOM? Read up on Larry Nasser and you decide. LMU has an accreditation warning, which concerns me. CalHS is too new and appears to be too limited in rotations sites.
 

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You're fine for any DO program, except the Touros, CCOM and AZCOM.

I can't recommend Nova, Wm Carey, LUCOM, for different reasons. MSUCOM? Read up on Larry Nasser and you decide. LMU has an accreditation warning, which concerns me. CalHS is too new and appears to be too limited in rotations sites.
Awesome! I'll take into account about what you said on LMU-DCOM and CHSU. Thank you very much for your advice!
 
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