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Undergraduate Timeline for the Pre-Medical Student Applying to Osteopathic Medical Colleges

This is a general timeline for preparing to apply to medical school.   Please consult with your pre-health advisor to establish your own personalized schedule.  

Freshman Year

  • Meet with your campus pre-med advisor to learn the requirements 
  • Think about a major and minor course of academic study 
  • Develop study skills (form study groups or use resources on campus) 
  • Maintain a competitive GPA 
  • Begin extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer/work in a medical field or setting (clinic, ER, hospital) 
  • Review medical school admission requirements 
  • Order or review online AACOM’s Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, which includes descriptions of all of the osteopathic medical colleges, admissions criteria, minimum entrance requirements, etc. 
  • Read books on and learn about Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Talk to upperclassmen pre-med students 
  • Get to know an Osteopathic Physician (DO)  

Sophomore Year

  • Meet with pre-med advisor  
  • Volunteer/work in a medical field or setting (clinic, ER, hospital) 
  • Select major and minor courses of study (fine-tune schedule) 
  • Maintain competitive GPA 
  • Research medical school entrance requirements  
  • Order or review online AACOM’s Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, which includes descriptions of all of the osteopathic medical colleges, admissions criteria, minimum entrance requirements, etc. 
  • Consider participating in research (with a faculty member or outside campus) 
  • Learn more about Osteopathic Medicine (shadowing, classmates, advisor, Internet research

Junior Year 

  • Meet with pre-med advisor 
  • Maintain competitive GPA 
  • Volunteer/work in a medical field or setting (clinic, ER, hospital) 
  • Study and register for MCAT  
  • Take the MCAT  
  • Visit schools in which you are interested and attend Open House, recruitment events 
  • Order or review online AACOM’s Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, which includes descriptions of all of the osteopathic medical colleges, admissions criteria, minimum entrance requirements, etc. 
  • Continue to be involved in pre-health organizations, research and community service activities.  
  • Look for leadership opportunities  

Senior Year

  • Meet with pre-med advisor 
  • Sign up for committee process or letter of evaluation service w/ advisor 
  • Maintain competitive GPA 
  • Make list of all medical schools to which you plan to apply  
  • Order or review online AACOM’s Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, which includes descriptions of all of the osteopathic medical colleges, admissions criteria, minimum entrance requirements, etc. 
  • Request official transcripts of all college work attempted Request letters of recommendation/evaluation (begin the summer prior to Senior year) 
  • Volunteer/work in a medical field or setting (clinic, ER, hospital) 
  • Continue extracurricular activities and leadership roles on and off campus 
  • Complete AACOMAS application (begin the summer prior to Senior year) 
  • Confirm that schools have received your application  
  • Complete secondary applications and submit letters in timely manner 
  • Interview at medical schools (make a plan to ensure you do not miss classes, assignments, etc.) 
  • Complete FAFSA financial aid application 
  • Consider what you will do this summer (accepted or not accepted) 
  • Accept offer 
  • Write thank-you notes to references and medical school admission officers 
  • Thank your pre-med advisor for their assistance