Reflections of a DO Student: Osteopathic Medical Schools Explained

by winnell

My road to medical school was quite non-traditional and I made a huge career transition when I decided to become a doctor. When I discovered Osteopathic Medical Schools, I knew instantly it was the right choice for me. In the US, there are two types of Medical schools, allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) schools. The initials in parentheses represent the degree that will be awarded at the end of the fourth year of medical school. Most people are familiar with MD schools as they are the initial and most abundant type of medical school and degree awarded in the United States.

Upon graduation from DO schools, your degree will say Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Curriculum in DO and MD schools are exactly the same with the exception of DO schools teaching an additional course on Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).

DO and MD students take the same physician licensing exams, but there is one main difference. DO medical students take the COMLEX licensing exam although many DO students also take the USMLE licensing exam that MD students are required to take. The COMLEX exam is required for DO students because they take extra courses in OMM in which they learn to treat and diagnose dysfunctions in the body with the power of the hands to utilize the body’s built-in mechanisms of healing.

During my medical school application process, I applied to DO Medical schools only. I really wanted to stay in New York City and I got my wish of being accepted to Osteopathic medical schools in New York.

Osteopathic medicine has taught me the incredible power of touch and has shown me that anatomical structure and function truly are interrelated.
I wish for you all to watch this video and explore another tool that physicians can use to see the patient in a holistic manner and to continue to work with the principles established by A.T Still.

“To find Health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease”. – A.T Still.


For More Information on Osteopathic Medical Schools visit these official sources below:


MD VS DO Difference

List of Osteopathic Medical Schools

Osteopathic Medical School Requirements :

General Osteopathic Medical School Requirements ( Please note that each Osteopathic Medical School differs and I have only provided a few examples below)

Nova SOM

Des Moines University SOM



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