Wednesday, April 18, 2007
What is the secret to getting into a DO school?
I am a graduating osteopathic physician. Tomorrow is my last day! Yeah! It hasn't been that hard, really - especially in the fourth year. I've basically been on cruise control since September. He He. I'm on Allergy right now and I'm loving it! The hours are hard to beat. So, anyways, I figured you guys were missing me so I thought I was write a piece on getting into a DO school. Of course, good grades and MCATs are pre-reqs for getting an interview. Once you get an interview, your chances for admission go from 1-in-10 to 1-in-3, roughly. So, getting the interview is the hardest part. And, let's extrapolate from my ratios and say comfortably that if you get 3-4 interviews (especially at DO schools), your chances of getting into one of them is pretty good. I'd say the intangibles to getting into medical school rest in your interview and your experiences. Obviously, if you get an interview, you've done well up to this point! Congratulations! That usually means that your "numbers" are competitive enough for admission. Now, they want to get to know you better. Here is where you have to step it up because now the competition gets fierce. You and the other interviewees are basically on an even playing field at this point. The interview is clutch. You must nail it. Dress appropriately and clean and bathe yourself! he he. Next, make sure you think about those Oh-so-important questions such as "Why do you want to go to an osteopathic medical school?", "Where do you see yourself in ten years?", etc. Be prepared to answer why you didn't shadow a DO if you haven't done so. This leads me to my other recommendation. Your experiences are important as well. They lend for good conversation pieces in the interview. Most DO school interviews are laid back, so you'll end up talking about yourself and all the amazing golf outings, camping trips, and ballroom dancing classes you've taken, etc. You get the idea. But, I'd highly recommend you get to know a DO. Get to know them well. They can easily make a call to their Alma mater, which can get you that interview! That is SO HUGE! Plus, you need to see for yourself what a DO looks like. Yeah, we all have three heads and a magnetic force around us that glows! Just kidding. You can say that you've been looking into osteopathy and agree with their principles. You can honestly tell your interviewer that you know what the field is about and more importantly that you know what you are getting into as a physician. A lot of people want to be doctors without ever realizing what it takes to do this job. That is separate from getting in or actually going to medical school. I'm talking about life after school. Do you REALLY want to do this? It's not really a "job" per se. You can't screw up. A plumber can screw up. An accountant can screw up. All they have to say is "I'm sorry. I'll make it right for you." We don't have that luxury. Remember that. It can be difficult on your life and relationships. So be prepared for a shock if you do get in. Medical school, especially the first year, is hard. No doubt. It's meant to be difficult. It's meant to scare the heebie-jeebies outta ya! That's how you learn and grow as a physician. So, keep these thoughts in mind as you go about your days contemplating medical school. Find a DO to shadow or work for in a clinic setting. And finally, make sure your interview skills are polished and up-to-date. Good luck.
Posted by DOClass2007 at 7:07 AM