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AACOM Hosts Inaugural FutureDOdoctor Recruitment Event

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n preparation for the May 4 opening of the 2017-2018 AACOMAS application cycle, 196 prospective students and their guests traveled from 17 states to the Baltimore Marriott to participate in the first-ever FutureDOdoctor Recruitment Event. This event, held on April 26 during the Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference, was geared toward aspiring physicians interested in learning more about the osteopathic medical profession and strengthening their medical school application.

It was a full house at the FutureDOdoctor Event in Baltimore
196 prospective students and their guests traveled from 17 states to the Baltimore Marriott to participate in AACOM's first-ever FutureDOdoctor Recruitment Event.

The first half of the evening’s programming involved dinner and presentations on a range of topics from “what is it like being a DO?” to “how do I apply?” Stephanie Wurth, AACOM’s Director of Application Services, Recruitment, and Student Affairs, discussed ways to strengthen your AACOMAS application, and Tyler Cymet, DO, AACOM’s Chief of Clinical Education, gave a lively introduction to the history, philosophy, and practice of osteopathic medicine. Other presentations included insights into improving personal statements and approaching letters of recommendation, as well as two panel discussions – the first by medical school admissions deans and the second by current osteopathic medical students. By the end of the presentations, attendees had heard from various perspectives on the DO profession, application process, and beyond.

After fielding questions from the participants during a final Q&A session, the room transformed into an osteopathic college recruitment fair. Prospective students moved from their seats towards the back of the ballroom to interact with representatives and students from COMs at 36 locations from around the country (listed below). AACOM staff also manned a booth to help answer any questions about the 2017-2018 AACOMAS application and to distribute additional resources provided by the association.

The FutureDOdoctor event was a great success among attendees. In a recent survey, 100 percent of respondents ranked the event as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent.’ Ninety-five percent of respondents said they were likely to apply to a DO school after attending the event, while 5 percent remained neutral. Every respondent indicated they would recommend the event to a friend. One pre-med student described the event as, “one of the most well-organized and thorough events I've attended regarding osteopathic medicine. As an applicant for the 2017-2018 cycle, I appreciated the chance to chat with recruiters from all the osteopathic schools - a rare opportunity.” Another attendee reflected on the event, “I thought this was a fantastic event and I was excited at the number of students who showed up…Overall, definitely do this event again. I am telling my colleagues about it! Thanks for the invitation.”

Participating Colleges in the Osteopathic Medical College Recruitment Fair:

  1. Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  2. Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  3. A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  4. A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
  5. Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  6. Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University
  7. Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
  8. Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  9. Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  10. Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  11. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  12. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus
  13. Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  14. Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  15. Marian University – College of Osteopathic Medicine
  16. New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  17. Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  18. Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  19. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  20. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  21. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
  22. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  23. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Utah Campus
  24. Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York
  25. Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – California
  26. Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  27. University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
  28. University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  29. University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  30. Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn Campus
  31. Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
  32. Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus
  33. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  34. Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine – Pomona
  35. Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine – COMP-Northwest
  36. William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Vol. 1, No. 8
May 18, 2017