Medical School, DO

Medical School, DO

Below is a list of resources for students who are interested in applying to medical school (DO). This is not an exhaustive list of resources and it is recommended you meet with the Center frequently to discuss your overall progress.


Medical School (DO) Resources

Career Overview Overview provided by the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Difference between MD and DO
Fact Sheet The medical school fact sheet gives a basic outline of the requirements for medical school, including the national statistics for those admitted as well as suggestions for how to become a successful applicant.
MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Fact sheet for Michigan's only Osteopathic Medical School.
Time -Line The AAMC has provided this useful tool to keep you on track during your undergraduate education. While this is a helpful resource, please realize some of you may not follow this document perfectly. We encourage you to meet with your faculty and academic advisors to help you specifically tailor an appropriate action plan.
Colleges, DO This link, provided by the AACOM lists the contact information for U.S. and Canadian DO programs.
MCAT Information This is a link to the Medical College Admissions Test. Become familiar with this page early in your career, and come back often.
       *The MR5, a revision to the current MCAT, is coming soon! A new version of the MCAT is expected to be launched in 2015. Stay in touch with your advisor to learn more as information becomes available.
AACOM The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine distributes a significant amount of information pertaining to medical education. Please utilize this resource as you go through your undergraduate degree.
AACOMAS The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service is how students apply to US Osteopathic (DO) medical schools, excluding Texas, which uses TMDSAS.
Pre-Medical Listserv Students are highly encouraged to signup for the listserv as soon as they make the decision to go premed. The listserv is the fastest way for us to get in contact with you about application information, speakers who are visiting campus, or medical school visits.
Shadowing Lists This list is not an exhaustive list of potential places to shadow. It is highly recommend that you contact physicians early in your career to see about shadowing them and/or regularly volunteering in a clinical setting. St. Mary's volunteer application. Spectrum Health Job Shadowing, St. Mary's Career Exploration Information. St. Mary's Career Exploration Application.
Volunteer Information The GVSU Community Service Learning Center organizes one-day and on-going service and volunteer events for GVSU students. Stop by their office at 1110B Kirkhof Center or visit their website for more information. Look under Community Partner Program & Events for one-day and on-going opportunities.
GVSU Pre-SOMA Club We encourage you to actively participate in the GVSU Pre-SOMA (Students of Osteopathic Medicine Association) Club.



DO Application Information/Materials

Application Process Sheet An overview of the application process. This form serves only as a guideline to the application process, it is up to you as the applicant to make sure you are meeting any deadlines or requirements outlined by the application and testing services, as well as individual school requirements. Application Checklist for once you've started the process.
File and Application Waiver The File Waiver form is used to open up your application file in the CLAS Academic Advising Center. The Application Waiver gives us permission to anonymously use portions of your application as examples to future students. You may print the document to the left and bring it in to the Center, or click here for a Microsoft Word version of the document. With this option you will be able fill out the document electronically and email it to the premed advisor.
Student Information Sheet As we prepare to write your Advisor's Cover Letter, this informational sheet provides additional information for us to more completely represent you to the medical school admissions committee. You may print the document to the left and bring it in to the Center, or you can fill out the document electronically and load it to veCollect (see instructions under veCollect).
Letter of Recommendation Form It is strongly recommended that you provide a copy of this form to those individuals who will be submitting a letter of recommendation for you. Please remember to fill out the top portion of the form before you give it to your letter writers.
veCollect Instructions veCollect is a virtual "filing cabinet" used to store your letters of recommendation, a copy of your application, and your student information sheet. Go to to create your account (see instructions liked to the left). Make sure to upload a copy of your Medical Student Information Sheet and completed AACOMAS Application to veCollect.
Writing Personal Statements Information to get you started on your personal statement. It is also recommended that you visit the Writing Center (120 LOH) for additional help with the personal statement.