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Osteopathic (DO School) Secondary Prompts

One of the best things you can do is get a head start on secondary applications! We have compiled a list of osteopathic school secondary applications and prompts from the 2015 application cycle. This will help you get a head start on this year’s secondaries so that you can be ahead of the curve!

 

A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO

Have you applied to KCOM previously? Yes No

If yes, previous application year(s) and detail below what has changed since your last application.

What particular qualities do you feel you can bring to KCOM? (Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

What specific experience/exposure have you had with osteopathic medicine? How has this influenced your decision to become an osteopathic physician? (Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, AZ

Explain any prolonged periods of non-academic activity during or after full-time enrollment in formal coursework. (Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

If you are currently not enrolled in courses, explain how your current activities will prepare you for the academic rigor of a medical school curriculum. (Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

In your future role as an osteopathic physician, how do you envision incorporating osteopathic philosophy and practice? (Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Which one of your past volunteer experiences is the best indicator of your intent to serve an underserved population at some point in your medical career? Explain why. (Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Which one of your past experiences taught you the character traits that are essential for a physician? What did you learn? (Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

Describe any work-experiences or courses that have helped prepare you to be an independent and self-motivated student. For example, how do you know that you are an “adult learner’? How do you plan to be successful in the SOMA curriculum?(Please limit your response to 500 words or less. All information provided in this section must be the original work of the applicant and not from another author.)

List verifiable volunteer clinic/health experience (for example at a community health center, IHS clinic, physician’s office, hospital, or something similar). Community health center and IHS experience must be verified by letter from the center.

List any other, specifically community-service-type, programs in which you have participated (if any). Any (principally non-medical) activity that is non-compensated and volunteer, other than observation/shadowing, is acceptable. Must be verifiable.

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, AL

Before starting your supplemental application, you should respond to the following questions in essay style. Your response should be no longer than one page for each question. Save both essays as a single PDF file with your name and AACOMAS ID typed at the top of all pages. You will be prompted to upload this file as part of the Supplemental Application process so the file should be ready to prevent the session from timing out on you.

a. What personal qualities do you possess that will make you a successful osteopathic physician?

b. What life experiences and people have inspired you to become an osteopathic physician?

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, AZ

1. Why do you believe AZCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic medical education you are seeking? (1500 characters)

2. Why should AZCOM accept you into this year’s class? (1500 characters)

Upload a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, which will include, but not be limited to the following information:

  • Educational History (colleges attended and degrees earned)
  • Employment History
  • Medically related work and volunteer experiences
  • College extracurricular activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
  • Community activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities
  • Hobbies and nonacademic interests

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, NC
ESSAY QUESTIONS: Please answer the following questions and limit your response to one-half page.

What are the top five qualities you feel you bring to CUSOM that would enhance the overall climate of our school?

Osteopathic medicine parallels allopathic medicine but has principles and practices that are distinct. Which of these principles and practices are of greatest interest to you and why?

In the event you submitted an application to another medical school last year, what improvements have you made to your application? Please indicate if you applied to CUSOM in the past.

Have you ever been enrolled in a medical school? YES NO If YES, where and when?

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Admissions Office, IL

1. List any relative who is an osteopathic physician:

2. Why do you believe CCOM would provide you with the type of osteopathic medical education you are seeking? 1500 character

3. Why should CCOM accept you into this year’s class? 1500 character

4. Upload a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, which will include, but not be limited to the following information:

– Educational History (colleges attended and degrees earned)

– Employment History

– Medically related work and volunteer experiences

– College extracurricular activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities

– Community activities, honors, and leadership responsibilities

– Hobbies and nonacademic interests

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, IA
Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the US. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (500 word limit)

If yes, briefly describe the type of research experience and any measurable outcomes (presentations, publications, etc.) (no limit posted).

Please describe what you feel to be your most defining service experience (including medical or non-medical service, volunteer, military, leadership, etc.). Be sure to describe how this experience impacted you and contributed to the development of your capacity to care for others. (500 word limit)

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn, AL
Describe the top three reasons you have chosen osteopathic medicine as your professional choice in becoming a physician (Please use your own description and not one that widely describes the profession). 500 word

Professionalism and the ability to gain respect in the community in which you live is of utmost importance as you embark upon a career as a physician. What three professional qualities do you feel a Student Doctor must be able to demonstrate as he/or she makes the transition into the study and practice of medicine. How will you demonstrate those qualities as a medical student at VCOM? 500 word

Please describe a volunteer or service activity that played a large part in your decision to become a physician. 500 word

In the event you submitted an application to VCOM last year, what In the event you submitted an application to VCOM last year, what improvements have you made to your application? 500 word

If you have not completed all the prerequisite coursework, please state how you intend on completing it prior to matriculation. 500 word

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus, SC
Same above

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine -Virginia Campus, VA
Same above

Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, GA
Noting the missions and objectives of the Osteopathic profession and PCOM, please describe your personal characteristics that demonstrate your interest in this field. Include an example of an event in which your actions directly influenced the life of another person and relate this to your goal of becoming a DO. (250 words)

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO
Describe your motivation for applying to KCUMB’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (specifically our institution). (2500 characters)

Describe a time when you had to prioritize multiple obligations in order to be successful. (2500 characters)

Describe a time when you experienced failure. What did you learn about yourself from this experience? (2500 characters)

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton Campus, FL
No Essay

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Erie/Seton Hill, PA
No Essay

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, VA
No Essay

Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, TN
2 Short Essays

In your own life, what experiences and/or people have inspired you to become an osteopathic physician and what personal qualities do you possess that will help you become a successful osteopathic physician?

Medical school requires a huge commitment in time and energy. Have you prepared for this commitment?

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, IN
Unknown

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, MI
Have you applied to MSUCOM previously?

Yes/No

Describe in two to three paragraphs how you learned about the osteopathic profession and why you feel the profession is a good fit for you.

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What is your legacy to your family, friends and the community at this point in your life?

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How would you handle a situation if you witnessed a colleague demonstrating unprofessional behavior?

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What are your expectations of medical school?

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If the committee viewed your social media page(s) (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), would it help or harm your application?

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If you had to choose a different career path what would that be?

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Please tell us how you learned about the osteopathic profession by checking all of the following selections that apply.

[-] have been a patient of a DO

[-] referred by pre-medical advisor

[-] visited an osteopathic college

[-] met with an advisor from an osteopathic college

[-] participated in a premedical osteopathic interest group

[-] attended a presentation about osteopathic medicine

[-] read about or reviewed website(s) regarding osteopathic medicine

[-] attended an event at an MSUCOM site

[-] shadowed, volunteered, and/or worked with DO(s)

Please list any pending exposures to Osteopathic Medicine, if applicable (if you have no pending activities, please note “not applicable” in the space below).

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Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL
No Essay

EDIT:
How did you learn about osteopathic medicine?

If you were employed during the regular school year (excluding summers) while in undergraduate or graduate school, please list dates of employment beginning with your current position along with title or job description, level of responsibility, and number of hours per week.

List and briefly describe your significant health care-related volunteer activities since graduation from high school.

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY

1. List all paid work experience from high school graduation to present (with dates):

2. List all volunteer (medical and other) work experience (with dates):

3. List all overseas/global volunteer (medical and other) work experience (with dates)

4. List all shadowing experience from DO or MD (with dates)

5. List all research experience or publications (with dates):

6. List all additional certifications (medical and others) courses or training (such as ER scribe, EMT, ALS/BLS i.e.)

7. Indicate your extracurricular activities, hobbies, and recreational interests:

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, WA
They only ask that you write a one page essay about what specifically inspired you to apply to PNWU.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
Same as Georgia Campus

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly UMDNJ SOM), NJ
Question 1 (Required): 750 Words

Explain the process by which you decided that osteopathic medicine was right for you?

Question 2 (Required): 750 Words

How does the osteopathic profession fit into your professional goals and values?

Question 3 (Optional): 750 Words

Please describe any significant barriers or challenges you may have overcome in the pursuit of your personal/professional goals.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, NY
Please discuss how your background, experience, or academic program has prepared you for meeting Touro COM’s mission, goals, or objectives. Consider addressing a few areas: Why Osteopathic medicine? Have you been exposed to a diverse environment? How did you contribute? How have your academic background and personal experiences prepared your for medical school? How were you influenced by a shadowing experience? 1 page

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – California, CA
Please draft responses to the questions/prompts below, then save and upload your responses as a single document for inclusion with your supplemental application.

Responses to the following should be limited to 250 words or less:

· Within the last seven years, do you have any academic or legal records available under a different name? If yes, please provide any additional names under which your academic records may be listed.

· Are you a re-applicant who has previously interviewed? If yes, what was the result of that interview and what changes, if any, have you made which should affect a different outcome?

· What is the size of your home town or area – 2,500 to 10,000, 10,000 to 50,000, 50,000 to 100,000, 100,000 to 500,000, 500,000 to 1,000,000+), or Other (please specify)?

· Do you have any relative who is an Osteopathic Physician? Please list their name, relationship to you, COM attended, and year of graduation.

· Please list your favorite hobbies and/or non-academic pursuits.

· Within the last three years, please provide the name of previous employers, your occupation(s), and the duration(s) of your employment.

· Within the last three years, have you been engaged in any volunteer experiences? Please include the type of experience, sponsor, duration, and position.

· Within the last five years, what awards or recognitions (academic or other) have you received?

· Why have you chosen to apply to the TUC College of Osteopathic Medicine?

· Why should the Committee accept you into this year’s class?

Responses to the following should be limited to 500 words or less:

· Please describe the personal characteristics you possess and the life experiences you have had that would contribute to your success at becoming an outstanding Osteopathic Physician. Please include information that will enable the Admissions Committee to understand your unique qualities.

· Please describe your exposure to and understanding of Osteopathic Medicine. Content may include your initial introduction to the profession, its history, use in medical practice today, or any other aspects that may highlight Osteopathic Medicine’s uniqueness and synergy with your envisioned future practice of medicine.

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
Describe your particular interest in attending UNECOM and any contact you have had with UNECOM students, alumni, faculty or clinicians, admissions counselors, student affairs staff, etc. How did these interactions influence your decision to apply? 2000 character

Please explain any gaps in education or employment. Indicate any changes or additions in your education or employment, experiences, research, etc. since submitting your AACOMAS 2000 character

Pick an example of a challenge/difficulty you have encountered that is of a personal, cultural, extra-curricular, or academic nature. What insight have you gained from this event? How will it influence your time at UNECOM and your practice of medicine? 2000 character

Many people tell us their idealized reasons for becoming a physician. In your own words, share the experiences you have had that led you to this chosen career path 2000 character

University of Pikeville-Kentucky, College of Osteopathic Medicine, KY
Statement of Purpose: Please explain why you should be selected for training as a primary care, rural osteopathic physician. Please also explain why you are applying to KYCOM for osteopathic medical education and why you believe you will be a successful KYCOM medical student (1-2 pages maximum)

Please also describe your experience with osteopathic medicine that may include your care and treatment by a D.O. and your shadowing experiences with a D.O. (include number of hours, etc.)

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Admissions Office, WV
Please answer the following questions, restricting your answers to 500 characters or less.

1. Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician?

2. What advantage do you see in attending WVSOM over other medical schools?

3. Describe an ethically challenging situation you have been in, and how you responded.

4. What do you feel it will take for you to succeed in medical school?

5. How many hours per week are you willing to commit to studying in addition to the 25 hours of weekly scheduled class time? (empty fill in blank for #s) hours per week. Optional brief comments about your study habits.

6. Describe a situation in work, volunteer activities, or organizations where you demonstrated your ability to work well with others.

7. What experiences (living, working or visiting) have you had in rural areas?

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Lebanon, OR
1. While shadowing a Physician, what did the experience do to solidify your desire/ambition to become an osteopathic physician? 1650 characters

2. What is your specific interest in the osteopathic medicine program at COMP Northwest?1650 characters

3. Explain why the opportunity to study and participate in clinical experiences in the Pacific NW appeals to you.1650characters

4. Describe why you see yourself as a great “fit” for our school.1650 characters

5. Briefly discuss any extenuating circumstances which you feel are pertinent to your application (poor grades, course withdrawals, lapse in your education, etc.1650 characters

Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Pomona, CA
Please limit each of your answers in this section to 1650 characters or less.

While shadowing an osteopathic physician, what did the experience do to solidify your desire/ambition to become an osteopathic physician?

What was your most memorable community service activity and how did it impact you?

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, MS
The mission of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine is to prepare men and women to become osteopathic physicians through an emphasis on primary care, lifelong learning, scholarly activities, and graduate medical education. Using a communitybased training model, the

COM will educate and train graduates who are committed to serving the healthcare needs of all individuals with special attention directed to the medically underserved and diverse populations of the state, region, and nation.