Get Into Medical School Pt. IV – Allopathic and Osteopathic Admission Tips

Get Into Medical School Pt. IV – Joey, Please Make Me Stand Out!

Most of the information I would love to write in this blog will have to be available in eBook format only. So, that will be coming soon. Keep checking on my website for updates and download though, because as I see great information for you, I try to keep it all here at

Anyway, let’s get down to it. So by now, you know the scheme:

a) MCAT and GPA are to help you get through the door.

b) Personal statement and application is to get you a secondary application (supplied by each individual medical school).

c) Secondary applications get you the interview, and…

d) the interview makes or breaks you for admittance. This is a good way to look at the whole process at this point.

What is a good GPA and MCAT score for admissions? And, maybe by now you’ve heard on Student Doctor Network or some other outlet people denigrating osteopathic schools saying that they accept sub-par GPAs and MCAT scores. Here’s the skinny on it all…

Many (but not all) MD schools focus on research and certain advancements in the field of medicine. DO schools’ primary focus is on holistic healthcare and as such, many of the DO products are primary-care focused. In fact, I would dare say that the majority of DO students (including myself) go into a primary care residency (Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, sometimes Psychiatry is considered).

For this reason, DO schools tend to look at a person’s application as a whole and not do the GPA/MCAT pre-screening procedure as much. Therefore, non-traditional students who are starting over in life with baggage (because we all know that GPAs earned from our first college course till death are calculated) benefit from the DO admissions process.

Some DO schools actually take pride in the fact that they are frequently on the lowest mean GPA for acceptance list or lowest mean MCAT for acceptance list because it reflects their admissions process. A student with a 4.0 GPA and 30 MCAT score who has no intent of doing patient-centered practice typically will not get into an osteopathic school over a student who is non-traditional, started off poorly his/her Freshman year of college then picked it up to a 3.5 graduating GPA who wants to work primary care in a rural area. If you disagree with me, please do not attack me, check with DO admissions boards for yourself. This is information I have heard “straight from many horses’ mouths.”

I know I focused on what osteopathic schools look for in this blog, but sometimes it is easier to contrast differences by focusing on one of the subjects. Besides, DO schools usually are the least known about in a DO/MD conversation. Learn about the history of osteopathic medicine here: A.T. Still and the history of osteopathic medicine

So, as you can see from this blog and from my previous blog with the AMA quote in it, DOs and MDs are of the same scope of practice all throughout the U.S., but they may be different in approach. The MD may treat the symptom, but the DO treats the body because he/she is more holistic in approach. Neither is better or worse. Both are just different. And, yes, DOs have all the prescribing rights that MDs do! I have heard this question one too many times, lol.

*Next Blog* I will discuss how to make your application “POP” for the admissions committee. And, remember, I am available for hire regarding proofreading and making suggestions on your personal statement. Just email me to ask about pricing.

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