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Looking Back: An OMSIV Reflects on Her Experience as a Former Non-Traditional Applicant

I had a tough time getting into medical school. I was applying while concurrently finishing a PhD at Boston University, which meant that I was working on my application in stolen moments between experiments and writing papers. When I asked my graduate medical education office what assistance they could offer, they arranged a meeting with a professor that frequently works ...

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Osteopathic vs Caribbean Medical Schools

Traditional allopathic medical schools can be extremely difficult to get into. Less than half of applicants are accepted every year. The average GPA and MCAT for 2016 allopathic matriculants was 3.7 and 508.7. These numbers are not easy to obtain. Many of the applicants who are rejected could become good doctors if they were given the chance. Many students see ...

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Should I Apply to DO schools?

Should I Apply to DO schools?

More and more medical school applicants are choosing to apply to and enroll in osteopathic medical schools. In the past 6 years, osteopathic medical school enrollment has been steadily increasing from 14,409 in 2007 to 20,663 in 2012. As awareness about osteopathic medicine grows, not only are patients becoming more comfortable with the idea of being treated by an osteopathic ...

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Difference between MD and DO

Difference between MD and DO

The main difference between MD and DO physicians lies in their fundamental philosophy. DOs emphasize preventative and holistic medicine based on these tenets: 1. The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit. 2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance. 3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. 4. Rational ...

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Boards as an Osteopathic Student – COMLEX vs USMLE

The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) is the osteopathic equivalent to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) for allopathic students. Osteopathic students are placed into a unique position when it comes time to take boards. All osteopathic students must complete the COMLEX levels 1, 2, and eventually 3 in order to receive licensure as a D.O. However, osteopathic ...

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Is M.D. Better Than D.O.?

Is M.D. Better Than D.O.?

In a society where television is dominated by medical dramas, everybody should be familiar with the term “M.D.” An M.D. degree is conferred to someone who is fully trained to practice medicine; a person with an M.D. degree can be trusted to treat illnesses and to often save lives. But did you know that there are two types of doctors ...

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What Does DO Mean?

What Does DO Mean?

A lot of those who want to go into medicine believe that you need to chase after the coveted M.D. degree. After all, it is the degree of doctors on House, Grey’s Anatomy, and every other doctor drama. However, did you know there is another degree that will grant you the same scope of practice as a MD? Yep, it’s ...

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The Least Expensive Private Medical Schools

It is no secret that medical schools are extremely costly. There are stories published every year about how some medical school graduates are in debt by a couple hundred thousand. According to a study conducted by US News, an average medical student has about 150,000 in debt after graduating medical school. Due to the high costs of medical schools, many ...

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