Osteopathic Medicine Admissions

We can support you in applying to DO programs, either independently or alongside MD applications.

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Process

Is a Doctor of Osteopathy degree right for me?

In the competitive world of medicine, you should know about osteopathic medicine, a more holistic approach to patient care. Your coaches help you ace the MCAT, and then guide you from AACOMAS essays to acceptance.

1

Earn As in those premedical prerequisites

Your science coursework and GPA are crucial to your DO application and your career as a physician. Focus your attention on doing as well as possible in these courses.
Check out our premed services
2

Develop a strong resume, with an emphasis on shadowing and clinical experiences

DO programs are particularly concerned with your capacity for empathy, your skills as a healer, and your willingness to engage with patients in their full context. Be ready to articulate your osteopathic shadowing experience, clinical experience, and record of community service.
Request a complimentary candidacy assessment
3

Make an MCAT preparation plan

The MCAT is a comprehensive, content-based exam that covers all major premedical subjects and requires strong reading comprehension and standardized testing skills.  Your overall timeline should include three to six months of focused MCAT preparation.
Learn more about our MCAT program
4

Craft and polish your AACOMAS

The DO application consists of four substantial sections and includes extensive writing about your work history, volunteering, and awards.
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5

Bolster your AACOMAS with a compelling suite of supplements

Once you submit your AACOMAS, you’ll work on supplemental, school-specific prompts to support your candidacy at individual medical programs.
View a sample admissions syllabus
6

Prepare for your interviews

Osteopathy programs require a range of different interview types as part of the admissions process.  In all cases, careful messaging and rehearsal are crucial to a successful outcome.
From our blog: interview tips
7

Update letters and letters of intent

The DO admissions process is long and sometimes requires additional documentation months after your initial AACOMAS submission.  If you are still waiting for interviews or replies from programs well into the winter after your submission, a letter might be the right next step for you.
Read one tutor's words of advice about waitlists

Coach spotlight

When you work with us on DO admissions, you'll be matched with a writing coach and a strategy coach, both of whom are graduate-level experts in their fields. Welcome to the dream team approach to your DO application.

Meet everyone

When you work with us on DO admissions, you'll be matched with a writing coach and a strategy coach, both of whom are graduate-level experts in their fields. Welcome to the dream team approach to your DO application.

Emma Zc.

Emma is a PhD student in French Literature at Harvard. She holds an MA in French (Harvard), as well as a BA in French Studies and BM in Cello Performance (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).

Claire D.

Claire earned her BS in Mollecular, Cellular, and Development Biology from Yale University. She is an MD student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Chelsea M.

Chelsea graduated from Yale with a BA in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Currenly, she is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Graham V.

Graham holds an MD (Vanderbilt University Medical School) and MBA (Harvard Business School). He earned his BS from MIT in Materials Science & Engineering. Currently, he is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Morgan

Morgan earned her MD at Harvard Medical School, and is completing an Emergency Medicine Residency. She earned her BA in Hispanic Studies with a minor Biology at the College of William & Mary (Phi Beta Kappa).

Joyce

Joyce is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. She also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Anthropology from Harvard, where her thesis won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.

Susan

Susan studied English at Rice and graduated summa cum laude. After serving in Teach for America, she earned her PhD in English at Harvard. She has held faculty positions at Wake Forest and Yale and currently lives in London.

Paul C.

Paul is a PhD candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard, where he has received multiple awards for his teaching, as well as several research fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.

Elliot

Elliot earned his BS in Biology at MIT, and his MSc by Research in Clinical Medicine on a Rhodes Scholarshop at Oxford University. Currently, he is an MD/PhD student in the the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program.

Daniel G.

Daniel is a med student at Harvard Medical School. He earned his bachelor's in International Studies with a double minor in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Denver, where he received the prestigious Pioneer Award.

Logan

Logan is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BA in Neuroscience from Dartmouth, where he was named a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar for his research.

Sam D.

Sam is a med student at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BS in Neurobiology & Philosophy (Cornell). Prior to medical school, Sam was a fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics.

Amulya M.

Amulya is an Anthropology PhD candidate at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor's in Anthropology from University of Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Erin B.

Erin is a Fiction MFA student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She holds an MA in Modern & Contemporary Literature (University of Virginia) and BA in English (Rutgers University, summa cum laude with high honors).

Paul W.

Paul holds a BA in History (Yale) and MA in Global Affairs (Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University). A recipient of the Fulbright and Schwarzman Fellowships, Paul is currently a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington DC.

Maya B.

Maya is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a BS in Biology and Community Health, where she was also a member of Tufts' oldest all female a cappella group.

Damari

Damari is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. He earned his BA in Biochemistry and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist in 2016.

Elizabeth G.

Elizabeth is an MD/PhD student at NYU School of Medicine's Medical Scientist Training Program. She holds a BA in Biology with a minor in English from Hunter College.

Rana

Rana earned her BS in Biology and Molecular Biology at Brown, and then spent two years working in ovarian cancer research at Mass General Hospital. Currently, she is an MD student at Harvard Medical School.

Charlotte

Charlotte holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a BA in English and Spanish from Oxford University. She is a recipient of the Kossoff Prize for Leadership in Language Teaching.

Sanjay G.

Sanjay is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BSPH in Nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa).

Caroline B.

Caroline earned her Bachelor's degree from Harvard in Chemical and Physical Biology. After graduation, she conducted reserach in health economics and policy. She is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School.

Ellen Y.

Ellen is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School, where she conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry at Caltech.

Priyanka N.

Priyanka studied Molecular and Cellular Biology, Global Health, and Spanish at Harvard College (summa cum laude). She is now a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

Chris D.

Chris is an MD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his pre-med training at Columbia University and was awarded the Harry G DeMeo Scholarship. He earned his BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College.

Vera T.

Vera served in the US Air Force for 6 years. After the Air Force, she double-majored in Neuroscience and Mathematics at the University of Arizona. She is currently completing her MD/PhD at University of Washington in St. Louis.

Daniel Be.

Daniel is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of 5 books of literary nonfiction. He holds an MFA in Fiction (Columbia University), and has taught at Saint Ann's School, Columbia University, and elsewhere.

Evan G.

Evan is currently a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Victor O.

Victor is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University, where he was awarded the Howard University Student Star Award for his servant leadership.

Mariam R.

Mariam is a PhD candidate in Comp Lit at UCLA and a Fiction MFA student at Columbia. She earned her BA in Comp Lit from Princeton (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology, with distinction, from Oxford.

Angela P.

Angela is an MD/PhD at Harvard and UPenn. She received an MSc in Medical Anthropology (Durham University), and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Chemistry (UPenn), summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kapa.

Michael C.

Michael earned his BA in Molecular Biology at Princeton University (magna cum laude). After graduation, he was a research assistant at The Rockefeller University in New York. He is currently an MD canditate at Harvard Medical School.

Alexandra M.

Ali is an MD/PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She received her BS from Boston College where she majored in Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities and was a Gabelli Presidential Scholar.

Joy

Joy is an MD/PhD candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She earned a BS (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology) and BA (Anthropology) from Brown, and completed a postbacc fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Gabrielle M.

Gabby received a PhD in Government from Harvard University, where she won two Bok Center Awards for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her BA in Political Science and Spanish from Indiana University.

Maryann Z.

Maryann holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Pomona College (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where she was a nationally ranked NCAA tennis player. Currently, Maryann is pursuing an MD from Harvard-MIT.

Emily R.

Emily graduated from Yale, where she majored in English and was a varsity athlete. She then worked for a technology startup and a human rights nonprofit before pursuing her MD at Columbia University.

Pooja Ds.

Pooja studied Biological Sciences & Psychology at Cornell University before attending Weill Cornell Medical College. Presently, she's a pediatric neurology resident at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Phani P.

Phani holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers, and an MS in Bioethics from Harvard. He's currently working on a NASA-funded project at Brigham and Women's.

Morgan B.

Morgan holds Masters' degrees in Maritime Archaeology (University of Southampton) and European History (University College London). She is a member of the Oceangate Titanic Expedition scientific team.

Ivy D.

Ivy graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts and BAs in Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and French from Cornell University. She's presently a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Harvard.

Rahul

Rahul is an MD/PhD student at Harvard-MIT. He earned his BSE at UPenn in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Biology, where he also founded Access Engineering to offer free engineering courses to underserved high schoolers.

Adrienne

Adrienne received her English PhD from Harvard University, her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her BA from Princeton University. She is a nonfiction writer and poet, and teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University.

Sneha

Sneha studied Microbiology at Ohio State, minoring in French in order to combine her passions for the sciences and humanities. She's currently pursuing her MD/MS at NYU's Grossman School of Medicine.

Olivia K B.

Olivia graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She went straight from Tufts to Harvard Medical School, where she is studying in the Pathways MD program.

Tiwadeye

Tiwa earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Yale. Afterwards, she participated in clinical research at the Yale Fertility Center and volunteered at a children's health non-profit. She is now an MD candidate at Harvard.

Grey A.

Grey received his BA in English from Reed College, and his MA in French and his PhD in History from Yale. His dissertation, published in French in 2017 and under contract in English with Verso Books, examines the military coup that returned General Charles de Gaulle to power.

Christopher M.

Christopher holds a BA in History and a minor in Chinese (Mandarin) from Chapel Hill, an MA in Security Studies from Kansas State University, and an MA and PhD in History from UVA. At UVA, he won the Class of 1985 Fellowship for Creative Teaching.

Matthew G.

Matthew holds an AB in Government from Harvard and a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. He's a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Kellen H.

Kellen holds a BA from Princeton in History & African American Studies, and a PhD from Columbia in History. She was a Predoctoral Fellow at UPenn’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and is now working on her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Penn State University.

Nate L.

Nate earned a triple major in Biochemistry, Cognitive Sciences, and Psychology at Rice University, his MD/PhD at Georgetown University, and his PhD in Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. He is now starting his neurology residency at Stanford.

Meet everyone

FAQs

  • What services do osteopathic physicians provide?

    Osteopathic physicians can specialize, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries, and practice medicine anywhere in the US. They are licensed physicians aiming to improve patients’ complete health and wellness, not just treating the condition or disease they may have.
  • How do DO programs differ from MD programs?

    DO curricula, unlike MD curricula, include approximately 200 hours of additional “Osteopathic Manipulative Training” courses, which focus especially on hands-on care.
  • What is the main difference between an MD and a DO?

    While osteopathic physicians certainly use conventional medical treatments, many also use manual therapies, like massaging and spine manipulation.
  • How are DOs different than naturopathic doctors or chiropractors?

    DOs are licensed physicians; NDs and chiropractors are not licensed physicians.
  • How long does it take to complete a DO program?

    DO programs are typically 4 years long. After graduation, additional residencies and fellowships are necessary for licensing and board-certification.
  • How are DOs licensed and certified?

    This process varies state to state. In most cases, DOs complete a medical licensing exam administered by the state licensing board or the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. DOs are board certified through the American Osteopathic Association or the American Board of Medical Specialties after completing a series of written, practical and simulator-based tests.
  • When should I apply?

    DO schools evaluate primary applications on a rolling basis beginning in June for matriculation the following year.

Plans

We’ve created a structured yet flexible pricing plan that offers everything you need to succeed.

Choose a Tutor Tier

Hourly Rate

1 Hour

All of our coaching is available on an hourly basis. If you're not sure how much coaching you'll need, you can enroll in our "pay as you go" option.

$ 120

$ 160

$ 240

$ 290

First time Package

5 Hours

The First Time Package allows for 2 hours with a strategy coach and 2 hours with a writing coach, as well as an initiating “huddle” for both your coaches and Cambridge Coaching admin to align on the strongest possible narrative for your candidacy. Most students who complete this block of hours will have developed a general argument for admission, along with outlines for their personal statement and 3 most meaningful activities.

$ 600

$ 800

$ 1200

$ 1450

AACOMAS Package

20 Hours 5% OFF

This package is designed for students seeking coaching specifically geared towards their AACOMAS. Your coaches guide you through school selection, as well as the crafting of your essay and activities list. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team.

$ 2280 You save $120

$ 3040 You save $160

$ 4560 You save $240

$ 5510 You save $290

Secondaries Package

30 Hours 5% OFF

Your coaches guide you through research and outlining of your secondary essays, and then help you project manage this intense phase of the application process. Allows for hours with both strategy and writing coaches, plus a "huddle" for both your coaches and Cambridge Coaching admin to align on your candidacy. Represents our best estimate for 20 secondary applications. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team.

$ 3420 You save $180

$ 4560 You save $240

$ 6840 You save $360

$ 8265 You save $435

Interview Package

5 Hours

Your DO strategy coach will work with you to synthesize your candidacy into an eloquent interview performance. Typically includes an initial brainstorm and outline phase followed by rehearsal in the form of one or more mock interviews and feedback.

$ 600

$ 800

$ 1200

$ 1450

Comprehensive Package

60 Hours 10% OFF

Comprehensive guidance on the process with a coaching team consisting of a writer and DO strategist. We will guide you through your AACOMAS as well as as, generally, 20 secondary applications. Team coaching will address school selection, writing, activities, interview preparation, and any other relevant aspects of the applications. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team. Represents our best estimate; applicants may need more or less time with their coaches.

$ 6480 You save $720

$ 8640 You save $960

$ 12960 You save $1440

$ 15660 You save $1740

Tutor Tiers

We have 4 tiers of coaches. The coach’s tier is based on the experience level of the coach with our team. All coaches begin working with Cambridge Coaching at the Standard tier.

  • Standard

    0-150 hours
    $120/hour

  • Senior

    150-200 hours
    $160/hour

  • Guru

    250-300 hours
    $240/hour

  • Master

    350+- hours
    $290/hour

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