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Become an Osteopathic Physician


Considering Medical School? 

  • Do you want to be a physician who sees patients as more than symptoms or disease?
  • Do you want to be a physician who gets involved in the community and spends time learning about your patients as people?
  • Do you have solid communication skills and enjoy getting to know a diverse range of people from many different backgrounds and socioeconomic groups?
  • Are you compassionate and have a healing touch?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, osteopathic medicine may be a good first, or even second, career option for you!  America's colleges of osteopathic medicine offer supportive, high-quality programs for students of all ages and backgrounds at campuses across the country.

Browse this section to learn more about osteopathic medicine and the unique philosophy that makes it perfectly positioned to address the nation's health care needs today.

Visit Pre-SOMA at the Student Osteopathic Medical Association to learn about this student community. See an Overview of the Four-Year Curriculum

About Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. 

It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

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Apply to Osteopathic Medical College

The decision to become an osteopathic medical student is life-changing and comes with great responsibility and privilege. By joining the osteopathic community you will learn and work alongside some of the most compassionate and competent physicians in the country.

Visit this section to learn about the whole application process, from preparing for medical school during undergraduate education, to shadowing a DO, to finally submitting your application through AACOM's centralized application service, AACOMAS.


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Career Planning For DO Students

Maximize the success of your specialty and residency choice.

Prior to entering medical school, many of you worked to 'keep your options open' regarding choosing a specialty that would be a good match for you.  Now you are faced with choosing both a specialty and a residency that will further your career goals. Doing this successfully requires the following skills: career-related research, reflection, and decision making

AACOM's Career Planning Guide will help you navigate the complex and varied routes to a fulfilling osteopathic medical career.